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Golden Crest - Poole 450m - £4,000

HEADFORD KEV (pictured) showed plenty of class to come through a rough Golden Crest Final at Poole on Tuesday as the Kevin Hutton-trained racer franked the form of both the Puppy Derby and Romford Puppy Cup as he took the £4,000 prize at the Dorset track.

 

Favourite Clash was first to show but came together with Fernhill Rex as the latter moved up well on his inside. The pair tangled and the ensuing trouble saw each of the six runners affected, and Savana Donie and Street Lane were bowled over, although both were quickly up.

 

Riding a bump but leading off the second bend, Headford Kev was in charge of proceedings up front and was always holding the Lee Field-trained runner-up Fernhill Rex to win by one and three-quarters lengths in 26.81sec. Defending champion Ballinclare Solo (Seamus Cahill) finished third.

 

Of the winner, who was fourth to Magical Bale in the Towcester Puppy Derby and third to Roxholme Nidge and King Elvis at Romford, victory for the January 2016 son of Iso Octane and Tyrur Tulisa in the Category Two feature was deserved, feels trainer Hutton.

 

“He was really brave to ride the trouble at the bend - and the best news was that all the dogs were fine afterwards. It was very messy, but Kev rode the trouble well and had given himself a chance when breaking better. He ran the track very well.

 

“He’s pretty much kept top-class form throughout his career and is not even two-and-a-half, so is a young dog who’s now reached three major finals and been unlucky in another,” said Hutton of the Golden Sprint finalist, a race ultimately won by his currently sidelined kennelmate Forest Chunk.

 

“We concentrated on this event, so haven't included him in our Trainers’ Championship team, but to be honest I always felt that wasn’t for him. He’ll have a short break now after Poole, and we’ll look to prepare him for Sunderland and the William Hill Classic up there.”

 

Headford Kev is owned by the Hutton Racing Syndicate. “There’s about 11 of us in this dog, and they’re a great bunch of owners. A few of them were at Poole tonight along with Marc [Studer] and it’s made the trip to the coast very worthwhile! Thanks to Poole for staging it.”

 

The June Harvey kennel were out of luck with fast-starting Clash in the Golden Crest Final but enjoyed better luck on the supporting card as their crack stayer Clares Kyletaun drew right away to win the Golden Crest Stayers in a new track record of 38.56sec for the 640m trip.

 

“That’s the highs and lows of the game,” said Matt Redman, son and kennelhand to his mother and winning trainer June Harvey. “Clash was desperate at the bend but is thankfully fine. It wasn’t to be, but Clares put the smile back on our faces.”

 

Clares Kyletaun competed himself in the Golden Crest, reaching the semi-finals after winning his heat on a night kennelmate Clash (26.31sec) was also victorious. The pair had actually set the two fastest times in the 450m event in the heats, with the latter, an Olympic finalist, best of all.

 

“We know ‘Kyle’ [Clares Kyletaun] has lots of speed - he’s shown that with some very fast first laps over six bends and then in the Golden Crest. He’s top class, but a problem with him has generally been cramping. We’ve had a torrid time this winter with him.

 

“Our aim when we got him was achieved in reaching the TV Trophy final, but Towcester was so cold that night we knew he would cramp up. He also cramped the night he won the Ballyregan Bob Memorial at Hove, but just lasted home. The warmer weather now will help.”