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


RICKY HOLLOWAY will supply half the field in Friday’s Cearnsport Springbok final at Central Park as his domination of the novice hurdlers’ championship continued in Friday’s semi-finals as he sent out Lenson Wilson to win again - although it was Barry O’Sullivan’s Hazelwood Terry (pictured) who posted the faster time in his semi-final.


The Crayford raider was the first go in the opening semi- and he reversed form with his heat conqueror Droopys Stephan (Dave Lee). The pair were always duelling for the lead, finishing clear of the chasing pack, led by the Holloway-trained Aayamzacraftyone. At the line it was O’Sullivan’s Hazelwood Terry who had the verdict by a head in 29.56sec (-40).


Lenson Wilson, the ante-post favourite, duly landed the second semi-final - but not in the manner expected. He missed the break to give backers of the 1-6 favourite some concern, before showing his class to power through and hit the front down the back to win by five lengths from kennelmate Shaneboy Bowie and George Andreas’s Courts Ad Laney in 29.60sec (-40).


With three finalists, Holloway is delighted heading into the £5,000 decider, especially given Lenson Wilson has drawn trap three, That, says the Essex-based handler, will be perfect for the unbeaten-over-hurdles August 15 whelp, who is part-owned by himself and Central Park boss Roger Cearns’s partner Stella Wilson.


“It’s a great draw, I really couldn’t have asked for more,” said Holloway. “He hates trap five and had that in heat and semi-final, but three is his box. Two will move to the rails and four moves wide, so our fella has every chance. He’s not been beaten yet, starts and stays well, and did everything wrong on Friday but still came through to win.


“It’s the draw of draws in the final for Wilson, as the only middle seed, but I’m still delighted with my other runners. Bowie is still improving and we know what a cracking dog he was on the flat for Kevin (Boon), so always has a chance. He’s improving over the hurdles and hopefully can make the most of his trap six draw.


“And I’m delighted for the Aayamzaboys Syndicate also - their Aayamzacraftyone was a few weeks behind the others in schooling, but is really strong - remember he beat Bubbly Firebird over six bends here on the flat. There might need to be some crowding up front, but it’s the Springbok after all - and anything can happen with these novices.


“I know that more than most. As a trainer I’ve won it just once with Westmead Meteor, but four times as an owner. We’ve also won two of the last three Grand Nationals, but we’ve also had some bad luck in the finals. Either way it’ll be the Grand National for both Wilson and our kennel star Razldazl Raidio. He runs at Crayford on Tuesday in an Open supporting the Golden Jacket.”


Friday’s Cearnsport Springbok final line-up:- 1 Hazelwood Terry, 2 Courts Ad Laney, 3 Lenson Wilson (m), 4 Droopys Stephan (w), 5 Aayamzacraftyone (w), 6 Shaneboy Bowie (w).