Weatherall's Spy takes off in the Golden Muzzle
Coventry Stadium: Currently holding the Swettenham Stud Golden MuzzlePICTURE: STEVE NASH
SUNDAY evening saw Coventry stage heats of the Swettenham Stud Golden Muzzle (485m) and it seems that course and distance specialist Holdem Spy is the one to beat.
It was the fourth eliminator that saw Carol Weatherall's Holdem Spy justify odds of 1-3 for an emphatic 6 1/2L success in a fastest-of-the-session 29.34sec - a clock that would probably win the £3,000 final in a fortnight's time.
The opening heat had seen Chris Allsopp record a one-two when his Whitefort Mac (7-2) made all to beat the unlucky 11-8 favourite Joscar by 3/4L in 30.40sec.
Heat two went to Shirley Aveline's Charleys Noire (5-2) who stopped the watch is a speedier 29.96sec.
A three-way photograph decided the third qualifier with Ken Humphreys' local Jacobs Courage (4-1) getting a narrow verdict over Rusheen Major and Ballymac Eat in 30.06sec.
The fourth eliminator saw Carol Weatherall's Holdem Spy justify odds of 1-3 for an emphatic 6 1/2L success in a fastest-of-the-session 29.34sec.
Stuart Mason's Fridays Shea (11-4) was dominant from start to finish when beating Holdem Maldini by 4 1/4L to take the fifth heat in a useful 29.53sec.
The sixth and final heat went to Mark Wallis's Castlebride Dan (6-1) who ran on well to catch kennelmate Aero Prince in 29.82sec.
**Sittingbourne's Bags card, which was due to include three heats of the Dual Distance Christmas Cracker, was abandoned due to a frozen track.
Sittingbourne's Dual Distance Christmas Cracker heats will now be staged this Sunday (9th), with the final a week later.