SATURDAY 9th NOVEMBER 2019: at PERRY BARR STADIUM...
**LIVE ON RPGTV**
7:34 Love The Dogs Dash - 275m
Madabout Rose P Naylor Fridays Geldof K Hutton(Monmore) Gentle Storm (m) C Grasso(Henlow) Newtack Comet (m) C Hendy Revilo Alex (w) K Humphreys **VACANT**
7:53 Love The Dogs Maiden Dash - 275m
Millhouse Alex V Lea(Henlow) Ballymac Flor J Fisher Droopys Bee (m) R Williams Going Through (m) P Holland Feora Legend (w) P Summers Dungarvan Hobo (w) P Doocey
8:10 RPGtV ST LEGER 1ST SEMI FINAL - 710m
Causeway Sergie C Akers(Sheffield) Piemans Noelle D Mullins(Romford) Longacres Kim P Doocey Goldies Hotspur (m) P Janssens(Central Park) Antigua Fire (w) M Wallis(Henlow) Summer Savvy (w) P Sallis(Monmore)
8:26 Love The Dogs Standard - 480m
Gunboat Iceman S Aveline Strategic Billy P Sallis(Monmore) Affane Buck K Humphreys Quantum Leap (m) P Dolby(Henlow) Tell Us More (w) P Naylor Jet Stream Socks (w) C Grasso(Henlow)
8:41 RPGtV ST LEGER 2ND SEMI FINAL - 710m
Skilful Sandie P Janssens (Central Park) Savana Cleo M Westwood(Henlow) Bumblebee Bullet M Wallis(Henlow) Avastorm (m) M Wallis(Henlow) Confey Joy (w) C Grasso(Henlow) **VACANT**
8:59 Love The Dogs Maiden - 480m
Murlens Henry C Grasso(Henlow) Cragbrien Storm G Smith Stoneparkwarrior G Ballentine Dubh Draiocht (m) P Janssens(Central Park) Slide Away (m) C Weatherall(Henlow) Brackaville Jim (m) P Holland
9:20 RPGtV ST LEGER 3RD SEMI FINAL - 710m
Headford Ranger K Hutton(Monmore) Redzer Ardfert B Maunsell Brave Ark M Dartnall(Hove) Fabulous Marina (m) L Tuffin(Nottingham) Magical Icarus (w) D Jeans(Swindon) Riverside Honey (w) G Holland
9:37 Love The Dogs Maiden Stayers - 660m
Cloncunny Boss P Doocey Jet Stream Paddy C Grasso(Henlow) Ohtheresiun B Denby(Nottingham) Shortwood Brener (m) J Hall Rubys Loch (w) G Smith Drahbeg Dash (w) G Ballentine
9:53 Love The Dogs Bitches Stakes - 480m
Kenyan Rose P Holland Bellagors Coyote B Denby(Nottingham) Emers Cookie P Meek Seaglass Celine P Janssens(Central Park) Elderberry Snow (m) P Cowdrill(Monmore) Maysthistlecrack (w) P Dolby(Henlow)...
WHAT a difference a week made for Redzer Ardfert in the semis of the RPGTV St Leger over 710m at rain-soaked Perry Barr, Birmingham on Saturday night.
The Irish raider, trained by Brendan Maunsell, had seemed lost in the opening round but this time overcame a slow start in grand style. He set off after early leader Headford Ranger in determined fashion, showing impressive pace (16.64sec sectional), keeping middle and kicking on at the fifth turn. It proved an over four lengths victory in a fastest of the night 43.61sec. Brave Ark, who had initially trapped in front, kept on to take second for Matt Dartnall.
The other slow starters, Riverside Honey and Magical Icarus, were effectively run off their feet but both stayed on late.
Wide runners held the edge in the opening semi with hot-pot Antigua Fire impressively coming through the field for Mark Wallis to score with Paul Sallis’s Summer Savvy just holding on for second from Goldies Hotspur in a desperately close finish.
Piemans Noelle had taken them along early to the fourth before weakening and Summer Savvy, who broke well, then asserted before Antigua Fire, who had walked out of the boxes, surged clear on the run-in to score by two and a half lengths in 43.83sec.
Summer Savvy has the fastest sectional of those through with 16.61sec. Headford Ranger later recorded 16.42sec before tiring,
The second semi saw an eye-catching win by Patrick Janssens’ Skilful Sandie, who opened her UK account in splendid fashion, railing neatly at the third to take command from fast starting Avastorm, who had taken them along for team Wallis. The winner romped home by over five lengths in 43.85sec.
Lemon Wesley P Burford(Monmore) Dubh Draiocht P Janssens(Central Park) Stan's Memory (m) D Jeans(Swindon) Followthe Bubba (m) S Deakin Antigua Coral (m) M Wallis(Henlow) Tullig King (w) C Weatherall(Henlow)
7:34 Love The Dogs Standard Div 2 - 480m
Skyfall Bomber G Smith Bower Luke P Rosney(Belle Vue) Coolavanny Messi (m) M Wallis(Henlow) Brackaville Jim (m) P Holland Hometown Hero (m) M Kelly(Unattached) Beatties Fear (w) D Acott
7:53 RPGtV 7 NIGHTS A WEEK ON SKY CHANNEL 431 DASH - 275m
Fridays Geldof K Hutton(Monmore) Magical Whitney S Deakin Madabout Rose P Naylor Gentle Storm (m) C Grasso(Henlow) Newinn Mac (m) P Rosney(Belle Vue) Catunda Taya (w) P Holland
8:10 Love The Dogs Stayers - 660m
Droopys Kiwi L Short Longacres Kim P Doocey Creevy Shadow J Hall Token Memory I Bradford Brigadier Bullet (w) M Wallis(Henlow) Drahbeg Dash (w) G Ballentine
8:26 Love The Dogs Maiden Div 1 - 480m
Stoneparkwarrior G Ballentine Ballintine Vic (m) C T Winter(Unattached) Ben Said (m) D Skeech(Unattached) Crackling Blitz (m) J Lambe Our Rocket Man (m) P Rosney(Belle Vue) Confey Turbo (w) C Grasso(Henlow)
8:41 RPGtV THE HOME OF TELEVISED GREYHOUND RACING MARATHON - 915m
Causeway Sergie C Akers(Sheffield) Bumblebee Bullet M Wallis(Henlow) Lemon Kerrie (m) M Connolly(Shawfield) Goldies Hotspur (m) P Janssens(Central Park) Rubys Loch (w) G Smith Magical Icarus (w) D Jeans(Swindon)
8:59 RPGtV THE HOME OF THE GREYHOUND CLASSICS BITCHES STAKES - 480m
Dot Every I P Naylor Emers Cookie P Meek Seaglass Celine P Janssens(Central Park) Antigua Vows M Wallis(Henlow) Nutters Star (w) J Hall Confey Joy (w) C Grasso(Henlow)
9:20 RPGtV ST LEGER FINAL 2019 - 710m
Redzer Ardfert B Maunsell Skilful Sandie P Janssens(Central Park) Brave Ark M Dartnall(Hove) Avastorm (m) M Wallis(Henlow) Antigua Fire (w) M Wallis(Henlow) Summer Savvy (w) P Sallis(Monmore)
9:37 George Hale Memorial Trophy 2019 - 480m
Gunboat Iceman S Aveline Affane Buck K Humphreys Small But Deadly P Rosney(Belle Vue) Lissan Junior D Acott Antigua Romeo (m) M Wallis(Henlow) Jet Stream Socks (w) C Grasso(Henlow)
The Perry Barr scene on Saturday as Sandra Gilmartin makes the presentation to Redzer Ardfert's delighted connections.
Redzer Ardfert takes RPGTV Leger final....
IRISH raider Redzer Ardfert on Saturday brought home the £15,000 RPGTV St Leger prize for Kerry-based trainer Brendan Maunsell, picking up early leader Avastorm at the fifth turn.
Owned by Kathleen Clifford and Pat Reddan, he is the first Irish-based winner of the long distance Classic, staged over Perry Barr’s 710m. Antigua Fire, caught up in early trouble that saw Skilful Sandie end up on deck, stayed on well for second with Avastorm giving Mark Wallis second and third home.
Redzer Ardfert scored by over three lengths in 43.12sec and is now set to take in a supporting open on Irish Leger final night back at Limerick next Saturday, when kennelmate Cash Is King runs from trap six in a bid to make it an incredible Leger final double.
After that it will be the Night of Stars for Redzer Ardfert. Connections ended up thoroughly enjoying the Perry Barr experience and pledged to return next year
The winning trophy was presented by Sandra Gilmartin of Paddy Power, Coventry, the new Racing Post/SIS Betting Shop Manager of the Year. Originally from Ireland herself, she said: “It’s been a wonderful evening and I felt particularly proud to be congratulating ‘another’ Irish winner.”
Racing Post/SIS Betting Shop Manager of the Year Sandra Gilmartin (light coat) presents the RPGTV St Leger trophy to Redzer Ardfert’s co-owners Kathleen Clifford (third from left) and Pat Reddan, with trainer Brendan Maunsell (right) holding the winner