Team Ballentine in great form around Romford
Flying Seamus Cahill completes a Romford treble on Friday nightPICTURE: STEVE NASH
HALL GREEN trainer Gerry Ballentine almost pulled off a Romford treble on Friday night when his Diamond Cnoc was picked up near the line by Diesel Harry, who won by a neck in 24.25sec.
The Ballentine kennel earlier landed the feature Coral On TV Bitches Trophy final with gallant Around Corners (9-2), who showed terrific back straight pace to pick up leader Slick Seamist at the third bend, and kicked on to hold Jennas Pony by just over a length in 24.22sec
Hazy Purty then notched the double for Ballentine, pinging and making all in a supporting open in 24.17sec.
Thursday night’s big winners at Sunderland, Seamus Cahill and Paul Young, battled out over 400m with Gilbeyhall Ned making all, just holding the late flourish of Millwards Matt by a neck in 23.93sec.
The same pair also provided the forecast in the last, Cahill’s Avit On Bertha completing a treble with a relatively easy win as she made all (47.10sec) in the maiden marathon as the rain continued to fall.
The Cahill treble was initiated by odds-on Gentle Flight, who shrugged off first bend trouble to take a maiden in 24.37sec.
Later, Frankie Taylor’s Airforce Roger got first run on slow starting Airforce Newyork to snatch a 575m open by a head in 35.14sec.
**Brizzle Blue, trained by Alan McDowell, was fastest in Swindon’s second round of the Produce Stakes, clocking 28.28sec.
Derby finalist Westmead Adonis was next quickest in 28.31sec.
The draw for Wednesday’s semis will be made on Monday.
**Stallone Bart led at the third to take the Gain Feeds Corn Cuchulainn final over 750 yards at Harold’s Cross for Bridie Moore.