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Cearnsport Springbok - Central Park 480mH - £5,000


RICKY HOLLOWAY’S team stole the show in the first round of the Cearnsport Springbok at Central Park on Friday as the local handler won three of the four heats - including fastest-of-the-night winner Lenson Wilson (pictured above) - and qualified all four of his entries.


Owned by Holloway and Stella Wilson, the ante-post favourite justified that position - and some - as he paced up from lids-rise and drew further and further away as the race unfolded in behind, eventually winning by nine and three-quarter lengths in a classy 29.42sec (-20).


He was joined on the winner’s podium by kennelmates Shaneboy Bowie (29.80sec) and Barricane Jack (30.29sec) in heats two and three respectively, while the opening heat was won by the Dave Lee-trained Droopys Stephan, who produced a strong-running effort to win in 29.90sec.


Dan Homewood, deputy racing manager to Peter Miller at the Kent track, said: “There’s no doubt Lenson Wilson’s performance was the most outstanding on the night. He’s been the hot favourite ever since the entries were known and showed his class despite missing the break.


“He’s won all three of his hurdles races now, by some distance, and is showing all the speed of a dog who has won opens and A1s here. His jumping is sound and is clearly the one to beat this year. Ricky again has a very strong hand this year.


“His Shaneboy Bowie won heat two impressively. He’s another with some eye-catching lines on the flat and his jumping is improving, while Barricane Jack did well to hold off George Andreas’s Courts Ad Laney, who chased him throughout, having come in as reserve during the afternoon.


“She looked a different bitch from the one which fell the previous week and, again, she was eye-catching. It was also good to see Droopys Stephan come from behind to win for Dave Lee. He made the semis of the Grand National last year but remained qualified having not won a hurdles race - until now.


“He’s fancied to go well given the edge in experience over most, although I thought the runner-up  Hazelwood Terry ran well again. He’s impressed me in his last few trial stakes and stayed on well for Barry O’Sullivan. We’re set fair for the semi-finals now on Friday.”


Friday’s semi-final line-up:-


First semi: 1 Go On Taylor, 2 Swift Dartmoor, 3 Barricane Tiger, 4 Hazelwood Terry, 5 Droopys Stephan (w), 6 Aayamzacraftyone (w).


Second semi: 1 Calzaghe Sonybil, 2 Sonny Da Boy, 3 Courts Ad Laney, 4 Sporting Ranger, 5 Lenson Wilson (m), 6 Shaneboy Bowie (w).