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

 

 

 

SWINDON hosts the 71st British Bred 2 Year Old Produce Stakes final on Saturday - and it’s race on to claim the £15,000 first prize after Monday’s semi-finals on the Blunsdon track’s afternoon BAGS/SIS card saw some excellent efforts.

 

Fastest of the three semi-final winners, and the only unbeaten runner, is the Liz McNair-trained, KSS Syndicate-owned and bred King Elvis (Tullymurry Act-Skate On) who shot clear in the third semi to win in 28.51sec, the fastest time in the 480m four-round competition for British-bred greyhounds only.

 

“He’s running really well and we’re delighted with him,” said Rab McNair, husband of the October 2015 whip’s trainer. “Right from the start he’s shown us something and now it’s a question of doing it again, and getting the luck on the night you need - but it’s great to be involved in a fantastic race at a great track.

 

“In fact, I have to say Swindon’s been a good track for us. We enjoy going there, the staff are always welcoming and happy to have a laugh with you. It’s a serious business sometimes - and there are times when it can get to you - but overall it’s a great place to race, with a superb running surface.”

 

King Elvis is from the first litter of the McNairs’ prolific and talented sprinter Skate On. “She went to Tullymurry Act first, and he’s just class - a great sire,” added Rab McNair, “but I also see his mum in the way Elvis runs. 

 

“It’s not so much his sectionals, but when he’s in stride he’s terrific. His speed from the winning line to the bend is extraordinary, attacking the bend like his mum did. He can blow you away, but has done that pretty much from the start - ever since he came from off the back at Romford on his debut.

 

“He then went under 24 seconds in just his second race back at Romford. He was unlucky in the Gymcrack semis at Kinsley behind the eventual winner, and then surprised a few people I think when he beat Clondoty Alex at Henlow. That’s good form of course, he’s a real star for Mark [Wallis] and his owners.”

 

McNair revealed that Skate On’s second litter is by his former kennel star Eden The Kid - the seven dogs and one bitch 18 weeks old now and described by the handler as “mindblowing”, adding: “I see something in them every day which gets me - they’ll destroy me if they’re not as good as I think they’ll be!”

 

King Elvis is the McNairs' first Produce Stakes finalist but the Kent-based husband and wife team are very hopeful of more in the future given a number of British-bred litters on the ground. Their champion racer and dam Shaws Dilemma has a nine-week-old batch by Eden The Kid on the ground, while Wee Tiger Tots and Queen Asia also have litters there.

 

As for Saturday’s final, Rab McNair is happy with the white jacket of trap three given the youngster has raced from the same box in two of his three rounds at Swindon. “He’s enjoying it there and hopefully gets it right at the traps, but it’s an excellent final and we’re looking forward to it,” he said.

 

Monday’s other semis were won by former Swindon trainer Kevin Hutton, who sent out Ballyoak Petal (Slip The Lark-Ballyoak Alice, July 2015) to lead home John Mullins’ Carn Brea in 28.72sec, while Stuart Buckland’s Supreme Merlot (Take The Crown-Ballymac Mighty, Aug 15) made all to beat David Mullins’ Rushbrook Rocco in 28.8sec.