Thursday’s Sunbets 71st East Anglian Derby Final has more angles than a bag of 50 pence pieces.
There is the double entry for Paul Young including the 2016 runner-up Bubbly Turbo and the same year’s top juvenile.
There is a double entry for Norfolk handler Kevin Boon. His runners include one of the two English Derby finalists in the line-up’ the other is the recent Peterborough Derby winner Hiya Butt.
Last but not least, there is the opportunity for a 12th victory in the event for the uncrowned King Of Yarmouth Charlie Lister OBE.
The first semi final saw another flawless performance from Hayley Keightley’s Hiya Butt (Hondo Black-Hather For Pat, Sep 13). The black 11-10f went from trap one off a 5.37 sectional to win his sixth consecutive race.
He would be followed home by Knockard Spring (T2 6-1) and Murrys Act (T6 11-4). Joint second favourite Forest Chunk ran from three. The winner’s time was 27.74 (+10), and the distances three and a quarter and one and three quarters.
The second semi final saw Bubbly Bluebird (T1) go to traps as the evens favourite. But he would never catch kennelmate Bubbly Turbo (Razldazl Jayfkay-Rattle The Can, Jul 14). Drawn three and off a flying 5.33 sectional, the 9-2 chance got home by three and a half lengths in 27.76. Newinn Shadow (T6 7-2) was a length and three quarters third. Roxholme Wil Iam (T4 4-1) just missed out in fourth.