Warhawk produces great win in Laurels decider
Barrie Draper: four winners at Belle Vue including Ladbrokes Laurels winner Farloe WarhawkPICTURE: STEVE NASH
THE £6,000 Ladbrokes Laurels final at Belle Vue produced a fantastic finish for which the uneasy 4-5 favourite Farloe Warhawk overcame trouble to find a way to win.
Barrie Draper's star was in trouble at the start but showed serious back straight pace to get after early leader Taranis Rex and, with Longwood Fantasy looming large off the final corner, it was going to be sheer determination that got the Ace Hi Rumble whelp home by a neck in 28.26sec.
Eden Star, last year's Laurels winner, made a winning return to action when justifying odds of 1-4 in outclassing his opposition in the Pat McCombe Memorial Invitation - the first race on the card.
Barrie Draper's charge, who hasn't been seen since the first round of the Derby back in April, was actually recording his eighth win on the bounce when making all in 28.00sec.
The televised action kicked off with a 470-metre Bitches contest at 7.40 where Judys Bloom, runner up in last month's Scurry Cup, virtually made all.
Andy Heyes's railer got the better of the well-supported Rince Cosmo off the second bend and was always holding that rival at arm's length to record 28.05sec.
The 590m Midi at 8.00 produced a thrilling finish with Ricky Holloway's Airforce Frankie (5-1) producing a well-timed run to nail long time leader Starmount Swift by a short-head in 35.83sec.
It was a similar scenario in the hurdles event at 8.15 where Jason Foster's All Sensation (4-1), who ran in the final of the Irish Grand National at Harold's Cross last month, mugged Barnagrane Barry over the last to score by half-a-length in 28.97sec.
The Puppies contest at 8.35 saw John Sharp's Lemon Pluto (4-6F) bang out and get first run on market rival Greenwell Mentor and dominate thereafter - winning by a shade under four lengths in 27.80sec and earning a 33-1 quote from Ladbrokes for the 2013 Derby.
The 878m Marathon produced a real slog for which Charlie Lister's Tyrur Pudsy (7-2), who was ending a losing sequence of 16, came from well of the pace to pick off the bunching leaders in a time of 56.33sec.
Sheffield raiders Farloe Kyle (10-11F) and Cape West had a ding-ding battle in the 670 stayers' with the former, trained by Barrie Draper, getting the nod in 41.39sec.
Draper was on the scoreboard again just 15 minutes later when his Fire Height Spec, one of four winners for the kennel, muscled his way to the front in the 470 Standard at 9.25 and ran out a comfortable 28.25sec winner.
**At Sheffield the £1,000 Coors Yorkshire Oaks final produced a popular local win for Harry Crapper's Bansha Mo (6-4) who broke well and got first run on the odds-on Lemon Velvet to score by almost two lengths in 28.55sec.