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British Breeders Stakes - Swindon 480M - £15,000

BLISSFUL SCOLARI reached his second major final from just seven career starts with a foot-perfect display in the second semi-final of the 70th Two-Year-Old Breeders’ Produce Stakes (480m) at Swindon on Monday.

The Pat Rosney-trained dog was odds-on favourite when second to Droopys Missouri in the the final of the Brinkley’s Future Champion Unraced at Hove at the beginning of May.

And he will most likely start favourite for the £15,000 Produce Stakes Final on Saturday after a smart performance in the third semi-final, during which he picked up early leader Meadow at the second bend and then saw off Thinkingofdarcy, who stayed on well, to score by a length in 28.54sec – the fastest of the round.

There was crowding at the opening bend during the first semi-final after which the John Mullins-trained Badabing emerged in front and after surviving a minor mid-race challenge from Coolruss Patch he impressively pulled clear to win going away by a shade under seven lengths in 28.99sec.

There was a bit of a scramble for second – the only remaining position which offers promotion to the final - which, following a photograph, was awarded to Bansha Rooskey, who was severely hampered at the first bend, over Lowgate Belatrix.

Philip Simmonds, the Romford trainer, told us last week that the Two-Year-Old Produce Stakes is his Derby so he was delighted to finish first and second in the second semi-final with litter brothers Castell Henry and Bang On Giles, in that order.

Westway Hawk was the warm favourite for the semi-final following two preliminary round victories by a combined distance of more than 15 lengths and the writing appeared to be on the wall for the others when the Angie Kibble-trained runner broke marginally ahead at trap-rise.

But, unlike in previous races, when the dog formerly trained in Ireland by Peter Cronin built on an early advantage, Westway Hawk was headed into the turn by Castell Henry and was soon on the back foot to the extent that he was relegated to third by Bang On Giles at the second turn.

Castell Henry, winner of the Ladbrokes Puppy Derby at Monmore earlier in the year, produced a potent turn of pace along the back straight and he made it three wins from three starts at Swindon by a length and a half from Bang On Giles in 28.79sec.

 

TRAINER QUOTES

Philip Simmonds (Bang On Giles and Castell Henry): “It’s really pleasing to have two through to the final. It’s a competition we’ve always supported but so far went haven’t been able to win. Fingers crossed this is our year. Both dogs have come out of the race well and given the very warm weather we are having at the moment it is simply a case of keeping them cool and hydrated. It’s a very good final and I think every dog has earned their place.”