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Stadium Bookmakers National Sprint - Nottingham 305m - £3,000



ROXHOLME HAT, Hiya Butt and Queen Adele completed a brilliant Hayley Keightley-trained treble in the heats of the Stadium Bookmakers National Sprint at Nottingham on Monday - although there was a sting in the tail for the Keightleys with all three bracketed together in next week’s semi-finals.

Queen Adele, a sister of multiple big-race winner King Elvis, was the first of the Keightley trio to go when finishing strongly to edge out local hope Suirside Leah by half a length in 17.88sec (+10) in heat three. It was victory at the first time of asking for her new connections  

Kennelmate and Northern Sprint runner-up Hiya Butt (pictured) was fastest of the six heat winners as the dual Derby finalist broke well in heat five and bolted to the front to win from defending champion Trapstyle Jet by three and a half lengths in 17.50sec (+10).

That followed another brilliant victory from the Scurry Cup champion Roxholme Hat as the May 2015 whelp, 12 times a winner from 18 starts this year, was soon in command to stop the clock in 17.55sec (+10) as he led home Newcastle’s Lacken Decco.

Completing a cracking night for the Newark kennels of husband and wife team Mark and Hayley Keightley, there is a real belief that both of their charges should be in contention for the Sprinter of the Year category when the GBGB Awards voting takes place at the end of the year.

“Hiya Butt might divide the vote because of his exploits in the Derby, and that’s fair enough, but his sprint form is top-notch - although Roxholme Hat has been unbelievable. He broke the track record at Belle Vue, finished second in the Festival Flyer, and has started well here.

“What is remarkable about this dog is he’s capable of even better. Things didn't work out for him at the Night of Stars at Shelbourne, and this is his first run since. I’d almost suggest he’s cramped slightly coming home - he lost his action slightly - so to clock 17.50sec is crazy really.

“We were also delighted to see Adele win first time for us. She’s settled in really well and we head into the semis in good form. It’s obviously not ideal Hiya Butt and Roxhome Hat go against each other. It’s a tough heat, but a pretty classy competition to be fair - one of the best I reckon. 

“All the best sprinters are there obviously with the exception of Affane Party, who’s injured but hopefully for John [Lambe] will be back soon. Roxholme Hat has fared well against him in the past, but we’re always up for another battle!” added Keightley.

The other heats were won by Stephen Atkinson’s Ballymac Sexton in a brilliant 17.53sec for the 305m trip in the opening heat, before Paul Young’s Toolmaker Rambo (17.63sec) produced a strong-running effort in heat two.

Queen Anna, a sister of fellow heat winner Queen Adele, won heat six when leading off the second bend to score a three-quarter lengths win from Scolari Sound, winner of the National Sprint in 2015 before running-up to Trapstyle Jet in last year’s renewal.

In trials before racing, Charlie Lister’s littermates Dorotas Woohoo (17.74sec) and Dorotas Hooligan (17.60sec) were both put through their paces in sprint trials.


Draw for Monday’s National Sprint semis:-

First semi: 1 Queen Adele, 2 Trapstyle, Jet, 3 Hiya Butt, 4 Ballymac Sexton (m), 5 Roxholme Hat (m), 6 Racy Rhythm (w).

Second semi: 1 Scolari Sound, 2 Suirside Leah, 3 Knockard Spring, 4 Fernhill Jim (m), 5 Queen Anna (m), 6 Chopchop Hope (w).

Third semi: 1 Toolmaker Rambo, 2 Bar The Warrior, 3 Russanda Ronan (m), 4 Revilo Fox (m), 5 Lacken Decco (w), 6 Viking Jimmy (w).