ALLOWDALE BRUNO once again showed how much Sunderland suits when winning the third semi-final of the Ted Lloyd Classic over 450m at the Wearside track as ante-post favourite Roxholme Nidge crashed out on Wednesday night, writes Jonathan Kay.
Harry Williams’ reigning champion was flat footed at the start but paced up really well to turn behind early leader Bramble Milburn and went on at halfway.
Roxholme Nidge, so impressive in round one, was moderately away and forced to check at the first bend after which it was an uphill battle to qualify and a hopeless one after third bend trouble.
By that stage, Allowdale Bruno was in command and went on to comfortably hold strong-finishing Strides Farran by just over a length in 26.90sec for a seventh victory in nine 450m open starts at the track.
Angela Harrison dominated the other two semis, taking both including a one-two in the second courtesy of Droopys Trapper and Droopys Nadal.
Droopys Trapper lived up to his name and quickly asserted with Ballyrobin Reno chasing hard for a long way before being outstayed by Droopys Nadal for the second qualifying position late on albeit three lengths behind the 26.71sec winner.
Harrison’s heavily-supported Velvet Juliet justified the market confidence when turning the opening semi into a procession.
She was quickly in command and went ok to score by nearly five lengths from Jaguar Jack in a very smart and best-of-event 26.50sec.
Brian Stuart’s Coal Butler (15.68sec) and Bill Finley’s Black Olive (39.31sec) were quickest in heats of sprint and 640m competitions respectively.
1 BALMARINO JOHN Chantelle McNicholas 2 GLENBRENTONMARCO Yvonne Bell 3 KILCARN MOLLY (M) Karolyn Blackbird 4 ALLOWDALE EMMA (M) Jackie Teal 5 NOIRS STATION (M) Jackie Teal 6 CROSSHILL SMARTY (W) George Stark
Race 2 18.39 450m Flat (OR) Bob Eltringham Memorial Puppy 1st £250 + Trophy, Others £50 Total £500
1 DROOPYS REEL Angela Harrison (Newcl) 2 ZARI MAC Yvonne Bell 3 DROOPYS CATAPULT Francis Hill (Pelaw) 4 SKIPS BLITZ Tom Heilbron (Newcl) 5 WESTFORTH HUGO (M) George Stark 6 ALLOWDALE GERRY (W) Jackie Teal Minor Open Race trap draws - made by the Registry Team of the G.B.G.B
Race 3 18.55 261m Flat (OR) Zoes Place proudly sponsored by Sunderland Stadium Sprint 1st £250 + Trophy, Others £50 Total £500
1 JUSTINS DESTINY Chantelle McNicholas 2 LACKEN DECCO Savva Roberts (Newcl) 3 BRAMBLE CAPONE (M) Steven Anderson (Newcl) 4 OUR MISSING LINK (W) Tom Heilbron (Newcl) 5 JAYS WHISP (W) Karolyn Blackbird 6 ASHBANK SID (W) George Stark
Race 4 19.09 450m Flat (OR) Newcastle Racecourse Racing & Events Dogs 1st £250 + Trophy, Others £50 Total £500
1 HOLYCROSS FRANK Tom Heilbron (Newcl) 2 PEAK SEASON (M) Gary Carmichael (Newcl) 3 AIRPORT BREEZE (M) Yvonne Bell 4 SALEEN BLAKE (M) Karolyn Blackbird 5 MARKET JET (W) Jackie Teal 6 NOIRS ARTHUR (W) Jackie Teal
Race 5 19.26 450m Flat (OR) Chris & Paul Henry Memorial Standard 1st £250 + Trophy, Others £50 Total £500
1 BALLINTINE VIC Christopher Winter (Unatt) 2 LEMON NOAH James Fenwick (Newcl) 3 BALLYMARTIN HERO Gary Carmichael (Newcl) 4 BRAMBLE ZURI (M) Steven Anderson (Newcl) 5 DRUMCROW ARCHIE (M) Tom Heilbron (Newcl) 6 LAUGHIL JAKE (W) Yvonne Bell
Race 6 19.42 450m Flat (OR) ARC Racing & Leisure British Bred 1st £250 + Trophy, Others £50 Total £500
1 WITTON WHIRLWIND Jill Sutherst 2 POND NATALYA Harry Williams (Pelaw) 3 ROEDHELM TURBO (M) Ron Grey (Pelaw) 4 BELLEBOB ZURI (M) Darren Golightly (Donc) 5 WITTON HURRICANE (M) Jill Sutherst 6 BALMORAL ANITA (W) Karolyn Blackbird
Race 7 19.57 261m Flat (OR) The UTS Sprint Final 1st £500 + Trophy, Others £50 Total £750
1 COAL BUTLER Brian Stuart (Newcl) 2 DEADLY ACT William McMeekin (Unatt) 3 HOLDEM MESSI (M) Harry Williams (Pelaw) 4 CALZAGHE BOYO (M) Ted Soppitt (Newcl) 5 KATIES CARESS (M) Karolyn Blackbird 6 DROOPYS LINNET (W) Tom Heilbron (Newcl) Trap draw was made by Joanne Wilson of Arena Racing Company
Race 8 20.13 450m Flat (OR) The Warmseal Maiden Final 1st £500 + Trophy, Others £50 Total £750
1 LUGHILL FRANKIE Shirley Linley 2 FREEDOM LORD Gary Carmichael (Newcl) 3 BLISS Paul Lithgow (Pelaw) 4 GOOD MAGOO Angela Harrison (Newcl) 5 CALZAGHE GERAINT Ted Soppitt (Newcl) 6 BRACULA (W) Tom Heilbron (Newcl) Trap draw was made by Joanne Wilson of Arena Racing Company
Race 9 20.29 640m Flat (OR) The Marstons Stayers Final 1st £1500 + Trophy, Others £50 Total £1700
1 POND ADONIS Harry Williams (Pelaw) 2 JAGUAR ZAKARIN Graham Rankin (Shawf) 3 DROOPYS LIVE Angela Harrison (Newcl) 4 COLOURED ROAD (M) Steven Anderson (Newcl) 5 SATLEY DUKE (M) Yvonne Bell 6 VACANT Trap draw was made by Alex McTaggart of the G.B.G.B
Race 10 20.44 450m Flat (OR) The Ted Lloyd Classic sponsored by NSL Final 1st £8000 + Trophy, 2nd £1000, 3rd £500, 4th £200, 5th £200, 6th £100 Total £10000
1 JAGUAR JACK Graham Rankin (Shawf) 2 VELVET JULIET (M) Angela Harrison (Newcl) 3 STRIDES FARRAN (M) James Hayton (Knsly) 4 DROOPYS NADAL (M) Angela Harrison (Newcl) 5 DROOPYS TRAPPER (M) Angela Harrison (Newcl) 6 ALLOWDALE BRUNO (W) Harry Williams (Pelaw) Trap draw was made by Alex McTaggart of the G.B.G.B
Race 11 20.59 450m Flat (OR) The Aztec Colour Print Bitches 1st £250 + Trophy, Others £50 Total £500
1 COLOURED DUBH Steven Anderson (Newcl) 2 WITTON DERECHO Jill Sutherst 3 LACKEN TWIGGY Savva Roberts (Newcl) 4 ODHRANS GIRL George Stark 5 OAK TREE BEAUTY (M) Karolyn Blackbird 6 ROEDHELM SONIC (W) Ron Grey (Pelaw) Formally - Corporate Hospitality at Sunderland Stadium Bitches
Sunderland Classic sees Velvet Juliet catch Bruno....
VELVET JULIET ran a race and a half to defeat defending champion Allowdale Bruno in the final of the 450m Ted Lloyd Classic at Sunderland on Wednesday night, writes Jim Cremin of the Racing Post..
One of three runners owned by the Conlon Family and trained by Angela Harrison, Velvet Juliet broke in front but Harry Williams' Allowdale Bruno, showing great pace up and running a truly superb first bend, took charge at the second turn.
When Velvet Juliet showed at the third but was crowded, it seemed all over, but no, she came again on the run in to get up by nearly two lengths in 26.70sec.
Ian Sutherland, part of team Harrison, said: “She’s such a game bitch.”
Jimmy Wright, partner of Angela Harrison, is now looking at Monmore’s six bends for her and the Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Classic there - which starts on Saturday week.
Neil Conlon, one of the most influential owners in the sport, was delighted by the success and warmly thanked the sponsors for putting the event on. “It’s absolutely fantastic,” he said.
His Droopys Trapper was also a gallant third after walking out of the boxes.
Earlier Brian Stuart’s odds-on Coal Butler showed a good burst of pace in the sprint final to take control at the first bend, scoring by over two lengths in 15.75sec,
Calazaghe Gerant (27.10sec) then ran well for Ted Soppitt to win the 450m Warmseal Maiden final. Bliss had led up with Calzaghe Gerant taking a baulk at the first bend, before kicking on at the third to end an unlucky spell.
Harry Williams was pleased when Pond Adonis landed the Marston Stayers final over 640m thought was fortunate when fast up outsider Jaguar Zakarin badly hampered favourite Droopys Life at the first turn.
Pond Adonis squeezed through on the rails, then kicked clear at the second, clocking 39.15sec