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Liam Dowling: his Derby hopefuls trialled well at Wimbledon

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Matt makes his mark as Dowling team warm up

BALLYMAC MATT, one of four William Hill Derby contenders put round Wimbledon by Irish trainer Liam Dowling on Friday night, was quickest over the 480m course with a 28.26sec (going for all trials +20) effort.

Trapping well (4.84sec sectional) the May 15 son of Tyrur Big Mike made all to beat kennelmate Baile Mihic by four and a half lengths.

Dowling's 2014 Irish Derby fourth Vulturi also won his two-dog workout, making all and finally shaking off the persistent challenge of kennelmate Bruno Ya Know at the fourth bend en route to a near five lengths victory in 28.44sec.

Other Classic hopefuls to go round were Tony Collett duo Lenson Tiggy and Kentish Kane, with the former showing his customary early dash (4.82sec split) to make all for a three-length success in 28.36sec.

The David Mullins-trained Killure Hunter won his two-dog battle with Nick Savva's Westmead Alexis by a shade under two lengths, leading throughout to record 28.43sec, while Jason Heath's 2014 Wimbledon quarter-finalist Ballymac Loch went round in 28.50sec in a solo spin.

At Romford the two heats of the 400m Lemon Pluto Seniors Trophy went to David Pruhs' track specialist Isheforreal (24.12sec) and the Chris Allsopp-trained Cluxtons Free (23.98sec).

Draw for Friday's final: 1 Cape Impact, 2 Castleyons Sevi, 3 Isheforreal (m), 4 Rio Minstrel (w), 5 Borna Karma (w), 6 Cluxtons Free (w).