Trainer Liz McNair and the KSS Syndicate are responsible for four of the field for Saturday’s £15,000 final of Swindon’s 73rd British Bred Produce Stakes after landing both of the Monday semi-finals at the Wiltshire circuit, writes Phil Donaldson of the Racing Post.
With six runners from two home-bred litters spread evenly among the two qualifying races, at one point the Central Park-based trainer threatened total domination as King Cash (28.69sec) led home litter-brother King Dylan by three lengths in the first semi-final, with kennelmate Queen Cher a head behind in third and also making the 480m decider.
However, while McNair’s well supported 4-6 favourite King Sheeran was soon in charge of the second qualifier, his kennelmate and second favourite King Lennon was unable to negotiate the corner cleanly from trap one and moved off into trouble – which involved all the other runners except Angie Kibble’s 50-1 outsider Waki Racer, who turned second.
The event then turned into a procession, with Derby semi-finalist King Sheeran clocking a rapid 28.32sec as he came home almost 12 lengths clear of Kibble’s runner who just held on for second, while a scrum for places saw John Mullins’ Saving Face take third, a short-head behind the runner-up and just a head in front of the running-on King Lennon.
The draw for the final sees King Cash retain the stripes of trap six, with his litter-brother and fellow unbeaten finalist King Sheeran on his immediate left in five.
British Bred Produce Stakes final. Swindon Saturday: 27th July 2019:::::
1 Waki Racer, 2 King Dylan, 3 Queen Cher, 4 Saving Face, 5 King Sheeran (w), 6 King Cash (w).
It will again be a competition for 72 bitches with £15,000 prize money will be held over 4 rounds with the final on Saturday 14th December 2019 with supporting opens.
1st round Saturday 30th November 2019
2nd round Wednesday 4th December 2019
3rd round Monday 9th December 2019
The English Oaks Final 14th December 2019
Entries close Wednesday 27th November 2019 at 2pm
Assistant GM Peter Geeves has confirmed that prize money will be the same as last year – including a £15K first prize, despite the fact that there is no race sponsor. Though there a couple of changes in format.
He said: “First of course is the new distance of 476m. It has been a huge success, I think it is generally acknowledged that there is less trouble at the bends than when we had the 480.
“Secondly, we have tweaked qualifying so that three first three go through in the first two rounds leaving us with three semi final, from which two will qualify for the final.”