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RPGTV Scottish Derby - Shawfield 480m - £20,000



(Scottish Derby favourite King Turbo has drawn Heat 1 in next week's semi-finals)


BAREFOOT PAINTER revived great memories of Irish successes in the famous competition as the Paul Hennessy-trained flyer set the standard in the first-round heats of the RPGTV Scottish Derby at Shawfield on Saturday when making all in heat four.


Recently an Easter Cup finalist at Shelbourne, the April 15 son of Ballymac Vic and Kilara Cher clocked the fastest time of 29.00sec for the 480m trip, leading home Irish Derby runner-up Black Farren, as the Irish kicked off their challenge in the best possible style.


Gowran-based handler Hennessy is a three-time winner of the Scottish Derby and trained Priceless Rebel (2002) and Barefoot Allstar (2012) for Barefoot Painter’s owners Bryan and Kathleen Murphy. Tyrian Kieran, for owner PJ Fahy, also won for Hennessy in 2008.


“It’s great to be back of course. Shawfield is a great track and the Scottish Derby a fantastic race, and dear to us, especially with our connections and friendship with the Frew family. It’s sad to arrive in Scotland without seeing them. We really miss Willie and Sheena.


“The Derby for us has always been more about them than the event itself. Willie really enjoyed the challenge each year - he loved it! - and our families cherished his and Sheena’s friendship. Some great memories, especially when we won the Scottish Derby. Great nights.”


As for Barefoot Painter, Hennessy added: “He lost his form a bit last year but hopefully he's on his way back to top form now. He ran well in the Easter Cup, and has come forward since again. Shawfield suits his style of running and its fingers crossed now in the semis.”


Next quickest was Dorotas Vic (29.02sec) as Charlie Lister’s dog aims to keep the Scottish Derby in the family! His brother Dorotas Woo Hoo won 12 months ago, and Vic came through strongly to edge out front-running Wuheida by a short-head in heat five in one of the best finishes of the night.


Towcester Gold Cup winner King Turbo swung off at the second bend when looking in charge in heat two, but still qualified in third behind Elaine Parker’s Lightfoot King (29.23sec) who came through strongly on the run for home to edge out the always-handy Carn Brea.


The other heats were won by Pat Rosney’s The Other Reg (29.09sec), Jimmy Fenwick’s Cooneen Jack (29.14sec) and Peter Aitken’s Westway O Neill (29.62sec) - and 18 runners will now line up in Saturday’s semi-finals - one race away from chasing the £20,000 first prize.



Saturday’s semi-finals:-


Heat 1 


1 Borna Account

2 Cooneen Jack

3 Westway O'Neill

4 Ni Hao

5 King Turbo

6 Dropzone (m)


Heat 2


1 Bombers Bullet

2 Bruisers Bullet

3 Bull Run Button

4 Wuheida

5 The Other Reg (m)

6 Dorotas Vic (w)


Heat 3


1 Black Farren

2 Lightfoot King

3 Barefoot Painter

4 Carn Brea

5 Ashbank Christy (m)

6 Calico Ranger (w)