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RPGTV Henlow Derby First Round report and Semi Finals draw - Henlow 460m - £10,000



SAVANA DONIE thrilled the locals to set the fastest time in the RPGTV heats at Henlow on Sunday, as the Bedfordshire track’s Category One event over 460m helped continue a fine 2017 for Jason Bloomfield’s star.


Lining up in the sixth and final heat of the £10,000-to-the-winner event, a fast start from the April 2014 son of Ballymac Vic and Blackwater Bride soon had his rivals under pressure and, while King Elvis closed down the back, Savana Donie went clear again after the eventual third checked in behind his rival rounding the bottom turns.


“He ran a great race and did himself proud,” said Bloomfield. “He’s had a really good year and kept his form well. We hope he can come away again like he did on Sunday in the semis - the key to his race is breaking and a good run around the first two bends and up the back straight. That’s where he can dominate.”


A finalist already in the Arc at Swindon earlier this year, Savana Donie also ran second to Droopys Buick in the Gold Cup at Monmore, having reached the final unbeaten, and racked up wins this year at those tracks as well as Doncaster and at Henlow - a fact which has delighted his connections - especially his owner, the Henlow promoter Kevin Boothby.


“He’s really excelled this year,” added Bloomfield. “From Swindon in the Arc, to Monmore in the Gold Cup and also a great performance at Doncaster, he’s showed great class - but it’s a different feeling again getting a home win in Henlow’s biggest event of the year and it’s a real boost for all of us here at the kennel.”


Savana Donie’s two-length win over Corrin Mall in 27.21sec was clearly a case of saving the best for last, certainly on the clock, although there were a host of other impressive performances - not least from first heat winner Crossfield Giles who set the competition ball rolling with a three-length victory for the Seamus Cahill camp over Wildfire Legend and Jims Chance in 27.36sec.


The winner had reached the Kent Derby semis at Central Park, as had heat two winner Cappoquin Jack, and Ricjard Hanikanai’s charge powered home to win by three-and-a-quarter lengths from Airport Jumbo and Westmead Chief, although the victory was aided by a ‘coming together’ between the latter and Parkers Dynamite approaching the fourth bend.


Quantum Leap struck for another local handler in heat three with Pam Dolby’s dog, just out of puppy status, taking the big scalp of hot favourite Droopys Gold after the son of Superior Product and Mays Bonus trapped in front, always holding the runner-up and Salthill Wizard to score by one and a half lengths in 27.47sec.


Recent Kent Derby winner Bockos Alfie (T3 pictured above, with T6 King Kid back in second) continued his impressive run of form with victory at the first time of asking at Henlow for Patrick Janssens, trapping smartly and always dominating to win comfortably from Lemon Jamesy and Ballyregan Jimmy by four lengths in 27.29sec, while Jim Reynolds’ Brocatsea Hoops landed a fully deserved but nevertheless a 14-1 surprise when edging out Forest Chuck in heat five in 27.57sec. Local Idle Talker was third here.


Sunday’s semi-finals draw:- 


First semi: 1 Forest Chunk, 2 Cappoquin Jack, 3 Wildfire Legend, 4 Ballyregan Jimmy (m), 5 Westmead Chief (w), 6 Brocatsea Hoops (w).


Second semi: 1 Bockos Alfie, 2 Savana Donie, 3 Salthill Wizard, 4 Idle Talker (m), 5 Quantum Leap (w), 6 Jims Chance (w).


Third semi: 1 Airport Jumbo, 2 Droopys Gold, 3 Crossfield Giles (m), 4 King Elvis (m), 5 Corrin Mall (m), 6 Lemon Jamesy (w).