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72nd British Bred Produce Stakes - Swindon 480m - £15,000


Heat five winner Lowgate Rudy in action at Nottingham last week


NIGHT COVERS ALL was comfortably quickest in the heats of the 72nd British Bred Produce Stakes at Swindon on Friday as the British-bred competition kicked off with ten heats at the Blunsdon venue.


The Dave Lee-trained runner was soon in command in heat four and proved a runaway winner over the 480m distance, stopping the clock in 29.04sec (-20) as the son of Tyrur Big Mike led home Ickle Blackmarco by nine lengths.


“It was a terrific run and certainly timewise ticked a few boxes,” said Karl Ward, Swindon’s assistant racing manager. “It might not have been one of the tougher heats, but the performance was a top-notch one.”


Night Covers All (Tyrur Big Mike-Kerries Choice, July 2016) runs in heat four in Wednesday’s second round at Swindon where, among others, he takes on Roxhill Mystique, who Ward rated as one of the major eye-catchers in the first round


Paul Sallis’s bitch was involved in a close finish in heat nine on Friday, finishing third behind Kevin Hutton’s Money Marciano (29.53sec) and Westmead Maxi, a short-head and the same separating the first three in the best finish of the night.


Ward added: “Roxhill Mystique missed the break and found trouble but showed a lot of back-straight pace and will improve for the run. On that run, she’d have to be a big contender. I also thought Raise The Stakes has improved again and must be respected.”


Heather Dimmock’s dog was second quickest overall as the Nov 2016 son of Toolatetosell and Em Millie soon led on his way to beat Shoot The Bolt by one and three-quarter lengths in 29.10sec for the four bends.


Morning Live Len (Farloe Blitz-Brinkleys Tinsel, Jun 2016) matched his litter-brother Money Marciano’s later success when landing heat six in all-the-way fashion from Zenas Zeus, clocking 29.38sec to complete a double for Kevin Hutton.


Nick Savva was also at the double as the trainer with a rich tradition in the Produce Stakes struck with both Westmead Bear (29.30sec) and Westmead Zito (29.61sec) in heats two and ten respectively.


The other heats were won by Kevin Cobbold’s Decoy Junior (29.44sec), Gilly Hepden’s Easy Dilemma (29.60sec), Jim Hayton’s Lowgate Rudy (29.41sec) and Roger Dimmock’s Cashinonjoey (29.54sec).



Produce Stakes second-round draw: