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71st British Bred Produce Stakes - Swindon 480m - £15,000

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STUART BUCKLAND, the Monmore trainer, landed a double in the second round of the 71st British Bred Produce Stakes at Swindon on Wednesday, his Supreme Rioja (28.88sec) and Supreme Merlot (28.64sec) sweeping into Monday’s semi-finals with authoritative wins.


Members of a August 2015 home-bred batch of ten by Take The Crown out of Ballymac Mighty, Buckland has always thought a lot of the litter from a dam whom he purchased off Liam Dowling principally to breed with but who made decent grade at Hall Green and ran in open-race sprints.


“Her first litter was born in Ireland, while I just quietened things down here given the situation at Hall Green,” he said, “but the move to Monmore helped give us something to look forward to and I’m now looking at couple of more bitches to breed from.


“This was Mighty’s second litter and all have done well. She’s a half-sister of Ballymac Eske and has thrown some nice types in this litter, especially when you think most have competed at open class and the highest graded would be around A4 level at Monmore, which isn’t bad.


“We actually went into the Swindon Produce with four entries and the other two - Artic Lightning and Come On Rodney - were our best chances but were crowded out. But the other two have both run Swindon well and, wide runners, are getting the right draws there.


“Merlot is a couple of lengths quicker - he's got a 28.36sec open win at Monmore and has gone from A5 to A1, but then so too has Rioja, from A6 I think. Both are fast-up types who just about get home, well certainly Merlot does, but they’re doing us proud as two of the younger runners in the field.


“They’re both owned by my dad (Maurice). I sold a few in the litter, and these were named as such, the others have kept our Supreme prefix - and I went for wine for this batch. There’s Merlot and Rioja of course, but also Supreme Chablis and Supreme Shiraz. People have liked that I think!”


Supreme Merlot (4-1) won heat six in Wednesday’s quarter-finals, making all to beat favourite Carn Brea. John Mullins’s dog, the British-bred who went furthest in the Derby, found trouble in behind but Buckland said his dog took his chance well.


“It’s been his first races away from Monmore, so we’ve got to be happy. We put Rioja in the British-bred race at Sheffield but 500m pushes Merlot stamina-wise. He then made a hash of his trial at Kinsley for the Gymcrack - wide runners can find it tough there first time - so it’s been Monmore all the way for him until Swindon.”


Supreme Rioja (6-4F), winner of heat three on Wednesday, reached the final of the British-bred BGBF Puppy Cup final at Sheffield which supported the 3 Steps To Victory decider at the Owlerton. He finished behind Carl Perry’s Geelo Monty then but now joins that rival in the semis.


The aforementioned Geelo Monty (4-9F) chased home Lets Be Buddys (8-1) in heat two on Wednesday after a slow start, victory going to the Matt Dartnall-trained bitch (Me Buddy-Ballymac Pet, Aug 2015) who led at the third bend to win in 29.18sec.


The fastest time of the night was clocked by the KSS Syndicate-owned and bred King Elvis (1-2F) who made all for Liz McNair, posting 28.62sec as the October 2015 son of Tullymurry Act and Skate On led home Pat Rosney’s Take The Crowd.


The second round kicked off with victory for David Mullins’ favourite Brookside Alice (Bonamassa Rocks-Blue Glenard) who grabbed Ballyoak Petal late to justify odds of 10-11 to score in 29.06sec, while Apache Kid (Head Bound-Story Time, March 2015) scored a local success in heat five for Ben McBride when leading at the third bend to score from litter-sister Prime Time.


Follow the link at the top of the page for the full semi-final draw. Semi-finals to be run on Monday July 17 with the first two from each semi qualifying for the final, to be run on Saturday 22 July.