By yesterday afternoon Sheffield had 18 entries for the GAIN Nutrition Three Steps To Victory and are confident of a full book by closure at noon today.
The racing office’s Matt Stagg said: “There are some decent ones among them. Kevin Boon has Headford Maurice and Sheldan, Harry Williams has entered Pond Adonis, John McLAughlan has Spanish Maiden, there are a couple of ‘Geelos’, Arthur Noodle, Trade Fudge. . .lots with decent form.”
The event gets underway over the 480 metres next Tuesday and concludes with a £10,000 first prize a fortnight later.
Trainers are reminded that the advertised telephone number in the GBGB Calendar is out of date.
Keeperhill Abbie took Sheffield's opening 3 Steps heat for Chris Akers
Akers' Abbie fastest as 3 Steps kicks off over 480m.................
KEEPERHILL ABBIE pulled off a 10-1 surprise in the opening heat of the Gain Nutrition 3 Steps To Victory at Sheffield on Tuesday.
This novel tri-distance Category One event has really grown in popularity with, this year, the first three qualifying for next Tuesday’s three semis over 500m. Then the first two go to the 660m final a week later on July 23, worth £10,000 to the winner.
Chris Akers’ bitch led home Ballymac Diego and Mottos Moon in a fastest 27.49sec, with odds-on Trade Fudge weakening into last place after going up fast.
Well backed Rocket John obliged for Charlie Lynch in heat two (27.69sec), running gallantly to pick off early leader Geelo Barclay with Lostrigg Freddy running on to take second after stumbling badly at the start.
Sean Parker’s Russanda Ripley (27.52sec) made all in heat three, chased home by Ridgedale Maxx with Sharpys Pluto third.
Settle Yourself broke well in heat four, Richard Joyce’s dog getting baulked but also kicking on at the first (27.91sec) after the field bunched. Bull Run Button, a 20-1 long-odds Pricewise pick, ran on for second with Seaglass Celine third.
Barrie Draper’s Lostrigg Barney took heat five (27.79sec), leading early with Lemon Ronald and Ela Juliet both staying on. Lostrigg Barney’s sectional was a co-fastest 3.18sec along with Keeperhill Abbie and Trade Fudge in the opener.
The final heat saw a 1-3 for Mark Wallis where Chubbys Caviar made all in 27.93sec, kennelmate Antigua Fire running on well for third after first bend trouble. Splitting the pair was Drive On Betsy........