Henlow Maiden Derby – Henlow 460m – £3,000
ROXHOLME OLAF emulated litter brother Roxholme Kristof when racing unbeaten through his first big-race campaign for Hayley Keightley in Sunday’s Maiden Derby Final at Henlow.
Just as Kristof had done in the Gain 3 Steps To Victory competition at Sheffield, Roxholme Olaf landed a third straight success in the GBGB Category Two decider to follow up wins for the October 2018 son of Ballymac Eske and Badminton Baby in heat and semi-final.
Led from the boxes in the £3,000 final by the Carol Grasso-trained All About Taylor, Roxholme Olaf ran a solid second bend to lead at the top of the back straight and was soon in command, winning by two lengths in 27.02sec for the 460m trip.
All About Taylor finished second with the Debbie Calvert-trained Glitter Gee staying on to finish third.
However, victory belonged to the two-year-old who had three races in Ireland prior to arriving at the Keightleys’ Newark base, with a Dundalk sprint success on debut before and 28.42sec Shelbourne success.
Roxholme Olaf then finished second on his third and last Irish start, running second behind a 28.06sec winner in August.
Mark Keightley, husband of winning trainer Hayley, said: “He arrived after Kristof and didn’t have a huge amount of time to settle in before we started him on his Henlow campaign.
“Therefore we were all delighted to see him complete his unbeaten run in the competition in a style that suggests he’s going forward.
“We always hoped that’d be the case, but I was actually pleased that’s he shown his heart to be in the right place with regards to his running style,” said Keightley.
“He was led up for only the second time in his career in the Henlow final and, like at Shelbourne, proved he will stick to the task and from two-to-three he proved he’s a class act – and he had to be to beat a very good greyhound in All About Taylor.”
The M Lambe Construction Birmingham Cup at Perry Barr has been suggested by connections as a likely route for Roxholme Olaf, with litter brother Roxholme Kristof heading for the stage-sharing RPGTV St Leger at the Birmingham track.
“Both are clearly not finished articles, but with more experience they look really nice types and there’s definitely plenty to look forward to with the pair of them.”