It is a sign of a true champion when they can beat the best in more than one discipline. Laurels winner Hiya Butt showed his true ability when landing the fastest semi final of the £8,000 Bresmed Northern Sprint at Sheffield on Tuesday night.

He was sent to trap two as a 5-4f despite the presence of prolific two-bend specialists such as Ela Ela Genie (T3 5-1), Trapstyle Jet (T1 7-2) and Walk The Talk (T6 4-1). This is how it went. .

BresMed Semi Finals

The winner’s time was two spots slower than Ela Ela Genie’s fastest of the year. Indeed Mark Wallis’ runner was particularly unlucky not to qualify, failing by a short head. A draw on the inside of the favourite would have seen a very different race!

The second semi would have offered some consolation to the kennel where they were represented by Brynoffa Jasmine, (Ballymac Vic-Emma Honey, May 15) one of the 12-1 outsiders and running from trap six. Punters were edging towards Toolmakers Rambo (T4 10-11f) with local Worsboro Spectre (T5 5-1) and former kennelmate Mashmad Eyebrows (T1 4-1) also destined to be involved at the business end. . .

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Draw for the final 1) Mashmad Eyebrows, 2) Trapstyle Jet, 3) Hiya Butt, 4) Worsboro Spectre (M), 5) Forest Natalee (M), 6) Brynoffa Jasmine (W)