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Coral Regency 1st Round Review- Hove 695m- £10,000

THE line “good enough to be the final” when describing the quality of a preliminary round heat is often used and often misplaced. However, few could argue that the third semi-final of the Coral Regency (695m) at Hove on Thursday would certainly do justice to the decider of this prestigious Category One.

Two of those contesting are responsible for the most impressive performances from Thursday’s first round of the £10,000-to-the-winner competition, whilst another is a young staying talent that could easily be heading to the very top.

The runners that really provided the big talking points at the opening round stage were Jaytee Patriot and Rubys Rascal, who start from traps six and two in the third of three semi-finals.

Undoubtedly Paul Hennessy’s Jaytee Patriot stole the headlines with his sizzling front-running victory in the sixth first round heat but there was so much to admire about the way Rubys Rascal came from last to first to score.

Aayamza Breeze, trained, like Rubys Rascal, by Mark Wallis, has had only a limited number of races for her new trainer but she has created such a huge impression in a short space of time. She was impressive at the first round stage and can only improve.

The presence of Huarache Madison, Office Hazard and Dashing Star only serves to strengthen what is already a red-hot qualifier. The third semi-final is indeed full of quality and will take some winning.

Tony Collett’s Kentish Fame is the only opening round heat winner to be drawn in the first semi-final but it is unlikely to prove a gimme for the Central Park dog. Both Newlawn Simon and Spa Road Piper, amongst others, are more than capable of making a race of it.

I was particularly impressed with the performance from Karlow Turbo at the first round stage and the lightly-raced dog from the in form Seamus Cahill kennel could be the one they must beat in the second semi-final, although a case can be made for the likes of Slick Strauss and Fearsome Phantom, amongst others.

The three semi-finals of the Coral Regency are part of Thursday night’s BAGS card and can be viewed in the betting shops and via bookmaker live streaming.

 

First Semi-Final

1 Musical Charm

2 Kentish Fame

3 Newlawn Simon

4 Spa Road Piper

5 Gotoon Sophie

6 Tyrap Dragi (m)

 

Second Semi-Final

1 Alfie On You Go

2 Slick Strauss

3 Karlow Turbo

4 Fearsome Phantom

5 Droopys Dart (m)

6 Droopys Tamera (w)

 

Third Semi-Final

1 Huarache Madison

2 Rubys Rascal

3 Aayamza Breeze

4 Office Hazard

5 Dashing Star (m)

6 Jaytee Patriot (w)

 

HOW THE FIRST ROUND UNFOLDED

Heat One

Karlow Turbo made it five wins from 11 starts since joining Seamus Cahill with a faultless front-running performance. The August ’14 was already established over six-bends in Ireland before joining the Hove trainer and he appears a good quality acquisition. Spa Road Piper kept up the pressure early on before the odds-on favourite Huarache Madison stayed on but neither could overhaul the three and a half lengths winner. The time was 41.50sec (normal).

Heat Two

Aayamza Breeze took her unbeaten run to three since joining Mark Wallis from Ireland earlier in the year with an extremely smart effort. Slick Strauss took them along for a couple of bends before odds-on chance Aayamza Breeze moved through sweetly on the rails to take it up with a circuit to travel. It was plain sailing for Aayamaza Breeze thereafter as the February ’15 daughter of Aero Majestic kept on to the wire to score by a shade under five lengths in 41.39sec. Slick Strauss was second.

Heat Three

Rubys Rascal completed the double for Mark Wallis with an eye-catching last-to-first performance. The even-money favourite flopped from the boxes and trailed a field headed by firstly Makos Boy and then by Newlawn Simon. It wasn’t until the third and fourth bends that Rubys Rascal began to pick up. And, one by one, she got closer to the leader and ultimately the powerful black daughter of Irish Derby winner Razldazl George passed Newlawn Simon to score going away by three and a quarter lengths in 41.67sec (normal). The Jason Heath-trained Tyrap Dragi stayed on for second.

Heat Four

Fearsome Phantom was another back-runner who prevailed in the next qualifier. The Pat Rosney-trained Westmead Hawk whelp came from off the pace to lead in the latter stages to win by three and a quarter lengths from Office Hazard in 42.09sec (normal). Favourite backers knew their fate early on when the odds-on Diego Flight was forced to check badly and lost all chance. Fizzypop Buddy took control at the third bend and seemed to be going well until he began to tire approaching the fifth bend. He was a spent force thereafter and faded out of contention.

Heat Five

Kentish Fame, trained by Tony Collett at Central Park, led at the fifth bend and stayed on impressively to score by almost four lengths in 41.73sec (normal). The early speed was produced by Cooly Caviar. The locally-based bitch broke well from trap three and kept up a strong gallop until the fifth bend at which point Kentish Fame assumed command. There was a lot to like about the stamina shown in the latter stages by Kentish Fame as he opened up and pulled clear.

Heat Six

The best performance of the round was saved until the very last heat as Irish raider Jaytee Patriot broke quickly and then broke the resolve of those behind with a sizzling effort. The Paul Hennessy-trained three-year-old was having only his second race since he was beaten when favourite for the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket at Crayford in February. But there was certainly no hint of him being race-rusty as he pulled further and further clear to score by ten and three-quarters of a length in 41.36sec (normal). Second place was filled by Droopys Dart, who had held that position from early on.