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Betfred Steel City Cup - Sheffield 500M - £7,500

PINPOINT DEN is heading for the All England Cup after providing trainer Kelly Macari with her third success in the Betfred Steel City Cup (500m) at Sheffield on Tuesday evening with a sizzling front-running performance.

There is little doubt he was helped by the failure of Ballymac Mossjoe to make a quick start from trap five but Pinpoint Den fairly flew to the first bend in the striped jacket, and was soon controlling this £7,500-to-the-winner decider.

Tynwald Baz (trap three) was the closest pursuer to Pinpoint Den throughout and at one stage along the far side the dog trained by Lawrence Tuffin for Nottingham owner Terry Corden was possibly only a half-length behind the leader.

But when the pace quickened around the finals two turns and Pinpoint Den turned the screw, none of the others had the wherewithal to respond and the Sunderland-based dog kicked clear to win by an ever-increasing three lengths in 28.56sec (0.10sec fast).

Calco Flyer (trap one) finished with a flourish to challenge Tynwald Baz for second in the latter stages but failed by a head and had to be content with third place after tracking along the inside fence throughout.

The connections of Ballymac Mossjoe were hoping for better fortune in the race than last year when he finished fifth to Minglers Thunder, but the chance of Barrie Draper’s dog was pretty much lost with that slow start.

He finished fourth – three lengths behind Calco Flyer and three and a quarter in front of Pinpoint Ethan, Macari’s second string who went up well but fizzled out in the latter stages. Light Foot Mata was last.

There is so much to like about Pinpoint Den, a September 2013 son of Zero Ten. He was originally bought for the Derby but didn’t get on with the traps or Wimbledon and he failed to get passed the first round of the competition.

He resurfaced six weeks later with an eight-length win over 450 at Sunderland and on Tuesday he registered his third success in eight races since joining Macari from Ireland, where he had a successful career that included finishing second to the talented Droopys Nine in the final of the Kingdom Derby.

So it’s off to the All England Cup for Pinpoint Den and a chance for Macari to register another personal milestone by landing that prestigious Category One for the third time following victories in 2010 and 2011 with Mill Pinpoint and Mill Bling Bling respectively.

WHAT THE TRAINER SAID

Kelly Macari: “We knew if he broke well he would have a big chance and that’s what happened. He is one of the favourites in the kennel. We call him Pete (after a character in reality series TOWIE). That’s because he’s so good looking. In fact, he has the whole package. We think an awful lot of him. I just didn’t go right for him at Wimbledon. He didn’t like to boxes there – he was trying to come out too quickly and before you knew it he was down on his nose. He’s going well now and it’s great to have won the Steel City Cup for the third time. I must pay tribute, though, to those who support me, without whom none of this would be possible. Also, I would like to say how fantastic Sheffield are for their hospitality and the way they look after us.”

 

And the owners

Alex Foreman (co-owner of Pinpoint Den): “It’s a real honour to win such a cracking final with six high quality dogs in the race. He is best when he gets out and gets on the skin – like most of the dogs we buy. He is sometimes too eager at the traps but when he gets it right, as he has tonight. It shows that the best cannot catch him.”