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

WHAT has already been a great summer for Welsh sport got even better at Swindon on Saturday when Bansha Rooskey won the £15,000 70th Two-Year-Old Breeders’ Produce Stakes (480m) on Saturday.

The winner, trained by David Acott at Rhyll, north Wales, came off best after a protracted battle with Badabing, as the pair provided a fitting climax to what is being described as one of the best renewals of the event for many years.

With the exception of a quick start from Castel Henry, which put Philip Simmonds’ dog level with Bansha Rooskey from the boxes, it was a two-runner race as the latter led up and was joined by Badabing at the first bend, as Castel Henry, the odds-on favourite, was crowded.

They were locked as one from the second bend and it was only on the nod that Bansha Rooskey got the verdict over Badabing in a short-head thriller, which stopped the clock at 28.83sec.

Bang On Giles, a litter brother of Castel Henry and, like him, trained by Romford’s Philip Simmonds, stayed on really well and at the line was only a further neck back in fourth.

Thinkingofdarcy, who had been at the back with Blissful Scolari for most of the journey, stayed on to relegate Castel Henry, whose attempt to breach the grip on the race held by Bansha Rooskey and Badabing at the third bend, was thwarted, after which he backpeddled, to fifth.

Blissful Scolari was never a factor after trapping moderately and running into first bend crowding and he trailed the field.

The win represents a success for the smaller trainer. David Acott keeps just five runners at his kennels and, whilst supplying graded dogs to Perry Barr, likes also to have runners on the open race circuit.

Interestingly Shelbourne Park, in Dublin, he says is easier to get to from his base on the north-east Welsh coast than many of the tracks that he regularly races at. He said: “Using the fastest method across the Irish Sea I can be at Shelbourne Park in a couple of hours, which compares favourably on the time it takes to get to Monmore, Perry Barr and Nottingham.”



David Acott (Bansha Rooskey): “It’s a fantastic result for us. I bought him out of Sheffield with the Produce Stakes in mind. I thought he had a bit of potential. He trailed well for us at Perry Barr and has won two from four and finished second twice – all in the Produce Stakes – since we got him. He was sold to us (the Travelling Lads Syndicate) by Mark Machin, his breeder, who, as far as I am aware, has used the proceeds of the sale to finance the next litter of his dam, Bansha Mo. Suffice to say the £15,000 first prize for the Produce win means we are in profit from the deal. It’s great to win a big race. I have had finalists in some Category Ones but have been unable to land the big one.”