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70th East Anglian Derby - Yarmouth 462M - £12,000

I THINK it is fair to say no trainer has ever been as dominant in a competition as Charlie Lister has in the East Anglian Derby (462m). The man responsible for a record seven winners of the English Derby has also masterminded 11 wins in the Yarmouth competition over 35 years.

Swift Band got the ball rolling in 1981 and in the years that followed Lister scored with Artie Joe (1990), Just Right Kyle (1990), Dragon Prince (1995), Terrydrum Katie (1997), Larkhill Bullet (2002), Bunberry Boy (2003), Geordie Parker (2006), Ninja Jamie (2008) and Fear Zafonic in 2009 and 2010. Quite a haul.

Lister has three though to the second round of the £12,000-to-the-winner competition on Monday – Stay Loose, Old Joe Golden and Oscar Junior.

 

The Quarter-Finals

Heat One: Paul Young seems to be getting a fine tune out of Jaytee Spartacus after a frustrating first half to the year, and he looks likely to come off best in what could develop into an absolute thriller. The recent Monmore Gold Cup winner is likely to break quickly and move slightly right on the run-up before turning in front. Southfield Jock surely deserves to land a big competition this year. He was runner-up in this 12 months ago and has be thereabouts in every event he has been entered in. The draw on the outside of Jaytee Spartacus puts him at a disadvantage but he can keep his hopes alive by taking second. I’m a big fan of California who can exploit an excellent draw in trap six for the remaining qualifying position.

The Draw

1 Jaytee Spartacus

2 Bubbly Hunter

3 Southfield Jock

4 All About Class

5 Bar The Warrior (m)

6 California (w)

Heat Two: Defending champion Do It For Twiggy lost nothing in defeat when beaten by Jaytee Spartacus at the first round stage. In fact, there were many positives to take from the way Erica Samuels’ dog closed on the winner on the long run-in at Yarmouth and a similar effort might just seal just this. Stay Loose worked out a way to get to the rails from trap four in the heats but is drawn next to the fence here. He is pacey and in good form and will make Do It For Twiggy pull out all the stops. Aljo Legalbeagle is in cracking form and is an extremely reliable sort. He looks the most likely to finish third in an extremely competitive contest.

 

The Draw

1 Stay Loose

2 Shaneboy Style

3 Clondoty Alex

4 Do It For Twiggy

5 Roxys Lass (m)

6 Aljo Legalbeagle (w)

 

 

Heat Three: Old Joe Golden showed pace, determination and bravery in equal measure to take a winning first bend lead in round one. The Charlie Lister-trained runner could do with a little more speed from the boxes but he should get a run on the outside and could shade it. Bubbly Turbo, who defeated Old Joe Golden in a trial over course and distance before the event, lost his chance when taking a bump early on in his heat. He ran well to a point afterwards but looked tired close home. He should have recovered now and could be a big player if getting a clear run. Whatugunnado has a turn of foot and, being a locally-trained runner, he knows his way around. He can take third.

The Draw

1 Bubbly Turbo

2 Whatugunnado

3 Shaneboy Freddie

4 Bockos Alfie

5 Burgess Tadhg (m)

6 Old Joe Golden (w)

 

Heat Four: This all about early speed and I am going to give a tentative vote to Seamus Cahill’s Ballinclare Solo to follow-up an impressive first round performance, during which he defeated Harrow Wolf and Holdem Rio respectively. Holdem Rio might just hold the key to the race in as a much as the Peterborough Puppy Derby winner can break well and will cut across to the rails. Such a manoeuvre would compromise the space available to Oscar Junior and Harrow Wolf, and create space for Ballinclare Solo. That is just one scenario but perhaps the most likely in a race where a number of possibilities exist. Kelva Den looked good in the first round and has chances, as does Ballymac Cathal, the only wide seed.

The Draw

1 Harrow Wolf

2 Oscar Junior

3 Holdem Rio

4 Ballinclare Solo (m)

5 Kelva Den (m)

6 Ballymac Cathal (w)