Peggys and Reagan strike gold in St Leger semis
Mark Wallis has Blonde Reagan and Blonde Fletch into the St Leger finalPICTURE: STEVE NASH
SATURDAY night saw Wimbledon stage semi-finals of the williamhill.com St Leger and, following one or two upset results in the previous round, the form book held up pretty well to set up a tremendous £15,000 showdown not to be missed live on Sky Sports next Thursday.
The first eliminator went to Chris Allsopp's Peggys Style (4-1) who won a fantastic three-way battle with Ballyard Buddy and Blonde Fletch.
Peggys Style led out but was headed by Blonde Fletch off the second bend. Ballyard Buddy,who was always stalking, challenged and briefly led on the run in just as Chris Allsopp's bitch was rallying to snatch the verdict by a short-head and a head in 42.10sec.
Mark Wallis's TV Trophy winner Blonde Reagan (5-2) made all of the running to take the second semi in a quicker 41.90sec.
Musical Gaga stayed on well to take second spot some 4 1/2L behind the winner with Droopys Xavier claiming the final place in the decider.
First and second bend trouble had seen Romeo Patrol take a nasty fall (sustained a fractured hock) while Ding Hero and Romeo Explosion were virtually put out of the race.
Draw for Thursday's Final: 1 Musical Gaga, 2 Blonde Fletch, 3 Droopys Xavier, 4 Ballyard Buddy (m), 5 Blonde Reagan (w), 6 Peggys Style (w)
**In trials before racing Stuart Mason's Alien Planet, a close-up fourth to Farloe Warhawk in the Ladbrokes Laurels at Belle Vue on Tuesday, clocked a smart 28.55sec in beating Forest Mollie by four lengths.
Top Billing at Crayford was the J B Riney MBE Kent Champion Hurdle Final for which trainer Ricky Holloway had three of the five runners.
His Mo Realta Frank justified odds of 4-9F to make all (34.70sec) and comfortably beat kennelmate Soviet Military by 1 1/4L with Airforce Spirit finishing third to make it a clean sweep for team Holloway.
However, the top prize at Crayford was for the one-off John Davidson & Colin Wilson Memorial Trophy for which £1,250 was up for grabs.
Here, Paul Young's Bubbly Ebony (3-1) managed to lead up and, helped by trouble in behind, soon raced clear to record a seven length success over Droopys English in a time of 34.24sec.
ONCE again Paul Hennessy’s Priceless Sky was fastest in the semi-finals of the Kerry Agribusiness St Leger at Limerick on Saturday when clocking a best of the competition 29.43.
Derby hero Skywalker Puma produced another brilliant performance in winning his heat in 29.64, both dogs reaching the final unbeaten.
Draw for Saturday's final (all unseeded) 1 Priceless Sky 2 Kingo 3 Skywalker Puma 4 Cashen Mafuma 5 Tibetan Skies 6 Head For Fame
**THERE was a massive gasp from the stands at Shelbourne on Saturday night as the figures 28.92sec flashed up on the infield result screen following Heat 5 of the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake.
It meant that the dog trained by Ollie Bray for Dave Buckley had removed the name of Milldean Panther from the record books in the opening round of the puppy feature. It was a sensational performance and gave this great competition the perfect start.
In trials before racing Milldean Panther clocked 28.44sec. Fastest was Tyrur Sugar Ray with 28.36sec; other trials: Camas 28.45sec, Razldazl Will 28.27sec
**MILLDEAN TALLY took a thrilling Gain Feeds Select Stakes final Waterford. Dolores Ruth's Oaks heroine battling to a neck victory over Killinan Clash in 28.67sec.