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Pin Point Yorkshire St Leger - Doncaster 661M - £8,000

MARK WALLIS must have thought he had used up all his bad luck when he had three runners drawn together in the opening heat of the first round of the Pin Point Yorkshire St Leger (661m) last weekend.

 

The Champion trainer did what he does best then and coaxed top class runs from all three and they went through with few problems – the winner Rubys Rascal impressive in victory.

 

But clearly lightening does strike twice and on Saturday Wallis faces the challenge of again securing the three qualifying positions in the second semi-final with Rubys Rascal, Billys Bullet and Ferryforth Fran.

 

In his blog on his Imperial Kennels website, Wallis said: “We need luck to qualify all three again but it’s not impossible.” The Towcester trainer is not kidding when he says he will need an element of luck to get all three through to the final on Wednesday as the second semi-final is warm enough as it also includes first round winner Spa Round Piper.

 

The first semi-final has been reduced to five runners following the withdrawal of Shellam Delano. Kevin Hutton has Droopys Tamera and Huarache Madison, who were first and second in fourth heat last week – it was won in the fastest of the night - and Pat Rosney’s fabulously talented Droopys Folly adds the spice.

 

First semi-final

 

There was so much to like about the way Droopys Tamera went about her business in the first round that she gets the vote to score from trap six, particularly following the withdrawal of Shellam Delano from trap five. The four-year-old has settled well with new trainer Kevin Hutton and she is destined go one better than last year when she was eliminated at the semi-final stage of this competition. Huarache Madison followed Droopys Tamera home last time but I’ve got a feeling we’ll see a more upbeat performance from Droopys Folly. The Pat Rosney-trained bitch is one of the rising stars on the staying ranks and can be a expected to produce a very solid effort.

 

 

First Semi-Final Draw

 

1 Huarache Madison

2 Droopys Folly

3 Cooladerry Lid

4 Ballistic Kid (w)

5 Vacant

6 Droopys Tamera (w)

 

 

 

 

Second Semi-Final

 

Rubys Rascal is name we are going to be hearing plenty of in the coming months and she can win her way through to the final with another slick execution of pace and power. The two-year-old was impressive when she opened up to put four  lengths between herself and talented kennel mate Billys Bullet in the first round and there is no reason to suspect it should be any different on Saturday. I do like Spa Road Piper and believe he can play a part for Kevin Boon but it might well be that Mark Wallis can indeed get his three through to the final with Billys Bullet following Rubys Rascal and Ferryforth Fran, well drawn in trap six, taking third. 

 

 

Second Semi-Final Draw

 

1 Rubys Rascal

2 Billys Bullet

3 Spa Road Piper

4 Coney Cashen (w)

5 De Star Lord (w)

6 Ferryforth Fran (w)

 

 

 

The First round – Saturday, September 10 2016

 

Heat One

 

Rubys Rascal led home and 1-2-3 for Champion Trainer Mark Wallis. This daughter of Irish Derby winner Razldazl George has the look of a dog who is going to do really well over extend distances. That was a point she proved with a slick victory over kennel mates Billys Bullet and Ferryforth Fran by four lengths and two lengths respectively. The winning time was 41.59sec (0.15sec fast).

 

Heat Two

 

Droopys Folly was made the 5-4 favourite but she could manage only third behind Ballistic Kid, one of the outsiders. The winner has hit a rich seam of form and he was landing his third race from his last four starts when taking it up at the fourth bend to defeat the strong-running Da Star Lord by three parts of a length in 41.82sec (0.15sec fast).  Droopys Folly, who started slowly and encountered crowding at the second and fourth bends took the remaining qualifying position.

 

Heat Three

 

Spa Road Piper has been out of luck in a couple of races since reaching the final of the TV Trophy at Towcester but Kevin Boon’s front-running stayer regained the winning thread here.  The 6-4 favourite was led for most of the journey by Coney Cashen but he took advantage when the Sheffield dog’s reverses of stamina began to wane and he went on to score by three parts of a length in 41.91sec (0.15sec fast).  Cooladerry Lad stayed on best of the rest for third.

 

Heat Four

Droopys Tamera scored at the first time of asking for new trainer Kevin Hutton. The daughter of dual Derby winner Westmead Hawk was formerly with Dean Childs but she recently joined the Towcester-attached Hutton and made all to score by a length from new kennel mate Huarache Madison in 41.51sec (0.15sec fast). Shellam Delano got himself a bit behind early on but stayed well enough to snatch third and a place in the semi-final draw.