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Betfred Steel City Cup - Sheffield 500m - £10,000

 

TYNWALD BAZ, last year’s runner-up, saved the best for last as he set his stall out to go one better in the Betfred Steel City with a fastest-of-the-night victory at Sheffield on Tuesday.

 

Laurence Tuffin’s dog blasted out in front in the sixth and final 500m heat and made every post a winner from the evergreen Shaneboy Freddie, who thus qualifies for the semi-finals of yet another major event having recently landed the Sussex Cup at Hove.

 

However the plaudits were very much Tynwald Baz’s as the Nottingham raider continued his love affair with the Owlerton venue, and has returned in good heart since a break for injury which saw him miss a crack at the English Derby at Towcester.

 

Kevin Boon’s improving Shaneboy Bowie kicked off proceedings with a strong-running 28.93sec win in heat one, before Scottish Derby champion Dorotas Woo Hoo won his first race since that Shawfield victory in May when landing heat two for Charlie Lister in 28.83sec.

 

Richard Hanikanai continues to get a great tune out of Cappoquin Jack as he continued his good recent form with victory in heat three, scoring in 28.80sec, while the locals were on the mark courtesy of the Norman Melbourne-trained Yahoo Benny in 29.16sec.

 

The Sheffield double was landed as Dropzone produced one of the biggest cheers of the night as Elaine Parker’s dog landed a ninth straight win - and ten from 13 starts overall - when making all the running in heat five in 28.70sec.

 

Sheffield general manager Dave Perry said: "Performance of the night was no doubt the scintillating performance from Tynwald Baz. Last year’s second returned to put in one of his best performances to date at the track recording a blistering 28.48sec on -20. I don’t think anyone would be begrudge him a Category One success after reaching so many finals.

 

"It was a decent enough night for the locals here and hopes are still alive for a home win with three runners left and a live contender in Dropzone. Yahoo Benny and Hovex Blaze are the other local hopes.

 

"With six railers and five wides going into next Tuesday's semis we should have two cracking races and, with the first three going into the live Sky final, we should have another excellent renewal of our oldest competition.

 

"Our thanks as ever go to Betfred. They have upped the first prize to £10,000 from £7,500 this year which is tremendous."

 

TYNWALD BAZ, last year’s runner-up, saved the best for last as he set his stall out to go one better in the Betfred Steel City with a fastest-of-the-night victory at Sheffield on Tuesday.

 

Laurence Tuffin’s dog blasted out in front in the sixth and final 500m heat and made every post a winner from the evergreen Shaneboy Freddie, who thus qualifies for the semi-finals of yet another major event having recently landed the Sussex Cup at Hove.

 

However the plaudits were very much Tynwald Baz’s as the Nottingham raider continued his love affair with the Owlerton venue, and has returned in good heart since a break for injury which saw him miss a crack at the English Derby at Towcester.

 

Kevin Boon’s improving Shaneboy Bowie kicked off proceedings with a strong-running 28.93sec win in heat one, before Scottish Derby champion Dorotas Woo Hoo won his first race since that Shawfield victory in May when landing heat two for Charlie Lister in 28.83sec.

 

Richard Hanikanai continues to get a great tune out of Cappoquin Jack as he continued his good recent form with victory in heat three, scoring in 28.80sec, while the locals were on the mark courtesy of the Norman Melbourne-trained Yahoo Benny in 29.16sec.

 

The Sheffield double was landed as Dropzone produced one of the biggest cheers of the night as Elaine Parker’s dog landed a ninth straight win - and ten from 13 starts overall - when making all the running in heat five in 28.70sec.

 

Sheffield general manager Dave Perry said: "Performance of the night was no doubt the scintillating performance from Tynwald Baz. Last year’s second returned to put in one of his best performances to date at the track recording a blistering 28.48sec on -20. I don’t think anyone would be begrudge him a Category One success after reaching so many finals.

 

"It was a decent enough night for the locals here and hopes are still alive for a home win with three runners left and a live contender in Dropzone. Yahoo Benny and Hovex Blaze are the other local hopes.

 

"With six railers and five wides going into next Tuesday's semis we should have two cracking races and, with the first three going into the live Sky final, we should have another excellent renewal of our oldest competition.

 

"Our thanks as ever go to Betfred. They have upped the first prize to £10,000 from £7,500 this year which is tremendous."