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Bresmed Northern Sprint Final - Sheffield 280M - £8,000

MASHMAD EYEBROWS raised a few eyebrows when lowering the colours of odds-on favourite Hiya Butt in a thrilling conclusion to the Bresmed Northern Sprint over 280 metres in front of the SKY Sports 5 cameras at Sheffield on Tuesday.

The bitch so named because of two distinctive eye-brow shaped black markings above each eye on her white face was a 10-1 chance to land the only Category One sprint in the GBGB Calendar.

But the Kevin Hutton-trained daughter of Aussie sire Brett Lee had no idea how she was perceived by the bookmakers and she was well away from trap one in a race, the build-up for which, had seemingly been all about Hiya Butt, last year’s Laurels winner and the odds-on favourite here.

As it unfolded the race pretty much became about Mashmad Eyebrows and Hiya Butt. The pair had started of level terms with the former using her position next to the fence to turn the first bend in front.

Worsboro Spectre, fifth behind Hutton’s Glenanore Ace in last year’s Northern Sprint final, was also well away but lacked enough pace to trouble either Mashmad Eyebrows or Hiya Butt.

Rounding for home, Mashmad Eyebrows kept on well and appeared to be conscious of Hiya Butt in behind as she weaved her way to the wire to score by half a length from the 4-5 market leader in 16.09sec (normal).

It was her first win from five starts for Hutton when picking up the £8,000 first prize.


Kevin Hutton: “This is quickly becoming the main sprint of the year and it is fabulous to have won it two years on the bounce. I thought she was brave tonight. The inside draw gave her a big chance and she took full advantage. It was crucial to be on the inside of a high-quality field like that. We’ve only had her a couple of months and are pretty much continuing the good work that Mark (Wallis) put into her. Winning races like this is what we are about so this is so important to us.”

John Schofield (part-owner with Alex Antonio): “I’m absolutely over the moon. She’s been through the hands of Martin Tucker, Peter Cronin, Mark Wallis and now Kevin (Hutton) and they have all done extremely well with her. I don’t think she will continue racing for too much longer. Ultimately, her future is in the breeding paddocks.”

Nick Brereton (sponsor): “We put more money into the also rans this year and that seems to have gone down well. As an owner myself, I believe I know what owners want and we plan to continue improving this race in the years to come.”