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Betfred Gymcrack - Kinsley 462m - £8,000


Betfred Gymcrack trophy presentation l-r Kinsley co-promoter Keith Murrel, trainner Matt Dartnall, racing manager Andrew Mascarenes and Droopys Poets owners Mandy and Nick Jeal


BRINKLEYS POET set a new track record as his domination of the Betfred Gymcrack was completed at Kinsley on Sunday as the Matt Dartnall-trained runner produced one of the season’s best performances as he plundered the £8,000 prize for connections.


Newly-purchased by Nick and Amanda Jeal, the May 2016 son of Scolari Me Daddy and Kilara Lizzie was soon into stride and was never headed as he blitzed his field in the 462m final to clock 26.95sec (+10) - seven spots inside Droopys Trapeze’s record set in this event two years ago.


The victory made a huge impression on the watching Kinsley crowd and completed an unbeaten run through the three-round competition, as he led home Heather Dimmock’s Kanturk Repeat and Paul Young’s Itsur Mate by seven and three-quarter lengths.


The convincing success also impressed racing manager Andrew Mascarenhas, who said: “Brinkleys Poet was a deserving winner and fully justified his place heading the ante-post markets. It was also tremendously fitting that he set a new track record, too!


“Of course, this was our first Gymcrack to be held without the involvement of Sky Sports, which did present a timing issue for us when publishing the details in the GBGB Calendar. That’s why I forwarded the race details to tracks up and down the country.


“That’s how Mr Dartnall luckily became aware of the Gymcrack, which is great. But we were certainly worried about a shortage of entries and getting the usual high calibre of pups we get year-on-year for the Gymcrack. Thankfully the entry dispelled my concerns.


“We had over the required number of entries, and top-class trainers from all over the country attending, and not just for the Gymcrack but for the supporting competitions we staged. Two new track records on Sunday showed that.


“I did manage to catch up with Matt Dartnall and Mr and Mrs Jeal, the winner’s owners, after the meeting and it was really pleasing to hear they were impressed with the track on their first visit - not just the hospitality! - and hope to return in the future.


“They liked all aspects of how we run things here and said they’d be looking to return next year to defend their crown. It was great to hear, but I've also had numerous feedback from trainers on our official Twitter feed and via email along the same lines. That is massively appreciated.


“It means we’ve left a good impression on all visiting trainers, which is what we aim to do in order for them to continue supporting us each year. We’ve had some exceptional pups from previous years run here, who have gone on to compete in and win some high-quality races.


“I’ve no doubt that between the 36 pups we had this year, they’ll be many trophy-winning successes, competitions landed and headlines made. It was Brinkleys Poet who grabbed the headlines on Sunday here and hopefully he’ll do the same elsewhere in the future.”


Mascarenhas said Kinsley would be keen to stage other open-race competitions throughout the year should there be demand for it at the west Yorkshire track.


“At present we only have the one big competition a year, but after getting all the positive feedback, I’d personally be keen to hear from sponsors which might help us increase our open-race portfolio. However, at this stage, it is only right to thank once again Betfred.


“They have been brilliant sponsors of the Gymcrack over the years and we’ve had another cracking competition here this year.”