Saturday night round-up: Rita wins re-run
Ricky Holloway: in-form and a Crayford double on SaturdayPICTURE: STEVE NASH
RELUCTANT RITA (9-4) got up close home to land the re-run £1,000 final of the Winning Lines British Bred Puppy Derby over 480m at Newcastle on Saturday.
Craig Dawson’s bitch and trackmate Ludworth Charl had crossed the line together in the original contest seven days earlier only for it to be declared void due to a short hare, but it was another Dawson finalist, Target Sue, who called the shots this time.
Ludworth Charl challenged on the run-in and looked set to claim the spoils only for Reluctant Rita to power past close home to win by three-parts of a length in 29.15sec.
Earlier, Chris Allsopp’s Express Flame impressed when beating kennelmate Joscar by three and a half lengths in a Williamhill.com Northern Puppy Derby trial stakes, clocking a smart 28.69sec for the 480m.
All England Cup warm-ups went to Skywalker Louie (28.75sec), Patterdale Cejay (28.78sec), Ballymac Xavi (28.80sec) and Mags Gamble (29.08sec), while Brunswick Jenny (29.12sec) took an Angel of the North trial stakes and Welton Arthur won the Great North Run trial stakes over 640m in 41.12sec.
**AT Crayford, the in-form Ricky Holloway sent out a double through Mo Realta Frank over hurdles and 10/1 surprise Westmead Armour in a hot 714m open.
Mountcashel Gift held on by a short-head to win the feature Metro Cup, an S1 graded final worth £500.
**The Graham Holland-trained Knockglass Billy produced a stunning 28.15sec run when the fastest in the opening round of the Red Mills Irish Laurels at Cork,
Liam Dowling’s Ballymac Vic also produced a terrific performance in winning Heat 11 in 28.27sec.
Round 2 next Saturday
Heat 1 1 Cuil Cougar 2 Black Warrior 3 Money Talks 4 Cashen Mafuma 5 Blue Jet Sky 6 Sunvalley John
Heat 2 1 Tafari 2 Newlawn Tock 3 Droopys Delfino 4 Sede Vacante 5 Broadstand Dan 6 Direct Customer
Heat 3 1 Power Of God 2 Fleetwood Saki 3 Ashfield Impact 4 Knockglass Billy 5 Quail Hollow 6 Sawdust Terry (w)
Heat 4 1 Cambushmore 2 Bua Tommy 3 Happy Hermit 4 Confident Rankin 5 Fast Fit Dan 6 Vegas Strip
Heat 5 Cottonmouth 2 In The Meantime 3 Razldazl Rioga 4 Alberta Bound 5 Camas Crash 6 Tinas Nova
Heat 6 Allen Master 2 Ballymac Vic 3 Shaneboy Spencer 4 Madam Shaw 5 Killinan Cash 6 Elle Driver (w)
Heat 7 1 Shaneboy Felix 2 Boherna House 3 Dusseldorf 4 Vedfield Emperor 5 Lachteens Shaw 6 Richies Wish
Heat 8 1 Murrali Junior 2 Liveanddangerous 3 O Garney Rock 4 Forty Winks 5 Prima Vera (m) 6 Ballybough Hawke (w)
See Monday's Racing Post for full reports and analysis.