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

IT’S my guess that we’ll be talking about the 2016 Pinpoint Yorkshire St Leger Final (661 metres) at Doncaster on Wednesday long after the fine detail of how the race was won is forgotten.


It really is a contest that represents a change of the guard in the staying ranks. Established performers such as the fabulous Billys Bullet and the equally terrific Droopys Tamera are being challenged by newbies such as Rubys Rascal, Huarache Madison Cooladerry Lid and Coney Cashen. All of whom can lay claim to be at the forefront of a wave of emerging staying talent.


The dog that most catches my eye is Huarache Madison, one of two in the £8,000 decider trained by Kevin Hutton. This son of Paradise Madison won his two races in Ireland – both at Galway over 480 metres by combined thirteen and a half lengths – and in the semi-finals on Saturday got off the mark in the UK with a slick two and three-quarter lengths success over kennel mate Droopys Tamera.


If Huarache Madison appears to have huge scope then so does Rubys Rascal. The son of Razldazl George was an impressive first round winner and lost nothing in defeat when a strong-finishing second to Coney Cashen at the semi-final stage. Rubys Rascal has won five from eight over six bends and can only be expected to improve for his talented trainer, Mark Wallis.


Champion trainer Wallis is also represented by Billys Bullet. The passing of time and injuries that would have forced the retirement of a lesser dog are perhaps taking their toll these days but Billys Bullet is still a formidable force. He was beaten by just a short-head by Coney Cashen at the semi-final stage and wouldn’t have to improve a great deal to offer a serious threat.


Coney Cashen, in trap six, is the best drawn of the two wide seeds. This daughter of Cashen Legend has developed a knack for trapping quickly and taking the race to her rivals. She is another who shapes as though she has a big future over extended trips.


Droopys Tamera has recently joined Kevin Hutton and made an instant impact for the Towcester trainer when landing her first round heat of this competition. She was forced to play second fiddle throughout to kennelmate Huarache Madison at the second round stage but the former Dean Childs-trained runner improved on her first round effort then and shouldn’t be dismissed.


Cooladerry Lid would appear to be the least likely to win on the form produced thus far. She has stayed on well for third place in the two preliminary rounds and might require some of the bigger players to be held-up to get in a blow.



The Final Draw


1 Rubys Rascal

2 Billys Bullet

3 Huarache Madison

4 Cooladerry Lid

5 Droopys Tamera (w)

6 Coney Cashen (w)


The Truframe British-Bred Oaks


QUEEN ASIA, with two wins from her last three starts, gets the nod on the draw in the final of the £4,000 Truframe British-Bred Oaks (483m) on the undercard.

Rab and Liz McNair seem to have this choicely-bred daughter of Droopys Scolari – Shaws Dilemma in good form judging on her heat win. She is the only non-seed in the line-up and can take full advantage of her draw against the fence.

The John Marriot-trained Fearsome Folly followed Queen Asia home in the heats and looks the biggest threat here.

The Final Draw


1 Queen Asia

2 Acomb Ruby (m)

3 Pan For Gold (m)

4 Fearsome Freckle (m)

5 Pinpoint Lily (w)

6 Fearsome Folly (w)



The Pinpoint Yorkshire St Leger Semi-Finals – Saturday, September 17 2016


First Semi-Final


The defection of Shellam Delano meant only five went to traps and we were treated to smashing performance from Huarache Madison, who lost his UK maiden tag with a slick front-running effort. The Kevin Hutton-trained runner reversed first round form with kennelmate Droopys Tamera to score by a shade under three lengths in 41.20sec (0.15sec fast). Colladerry Lid was slowly away but stayed on well for the remaining qualifying position.


Second Semi-Final


Trainer Mark Wallis believes that Rubys Rascal and Ferryforth Fran were affected by the failure of the traps to open at the first attempt in this race. Both dogs mistimed their starts and Wallis said: “(the) traps didn’t open as the hare went past first time. After placing them back in traps a few minutes later, understandably a couple got worked up. It didn't help youngster Rubys Rascal and certainly Ferryforth Fran had completely shot his bolt.”

Meanwhile, Coney Cashen got away to a quick start and then held-off the ultra-game Billys Bullet by a short-head in 41.28sec (0.15sec fast). The odds-on favourite Rubys Rascal stayed on best off the rest and is clearly fancied to improve, judging on Wallis’ comments.