Kalamoun (Bling Bling Buzz-Sarista, Oct 15) showed he deserved a place in the Puppy Classic Final when clocking the fastest time of the night on the Nottingham undercard.
Charlie Lister’s recent Irish arrival, who went out of the Classic in the semis, beat the equally respected Balydoyle Maura (6-4jf) by almost four lengths in 29.54 for the 500m.
The performance of the night though was the 4-11f win for Roxholme Hat (Ballymac Vic-Emma Honey, May 15) in the £500 sprint decider.
The white and blue made it eight wins from eleven outings with a 17.44 run, just half a length off his fastest time of the year.
Ray Pleasants gave the would-be raiders a sharp reminder that the locals will take all the beating in the upcoming Sunbets East Anglian Derby.
A winner of the event in 2001 with Hanover Peer, the Norwich based veteran was represented by All About Class (Godsend-Tyrur Latoya, Sep 14) in the top division of the Derby trialstakes, and the 11-4f didn’t put a foot wrong in 27.45 (all 462s +30). It was the fastest time recorded over course and distance in the last two years, bettered just once by the 2015 Derby winner Do It For Twiggy, who was just under two lengths back in second place.
The meeting featured a treble for the 2014 Derby winning trainer John Mullins who picked up a sprint (Swift Thoos 16.52), a Derby trialstake (Zenno Rob Roy – 27.71) and a stayers race with Meadow who equalled her personal best with a fastest-of-year, 40.41 (off a 16.51 sectional).
King Eden (Droopys Scolari-Shaws Dilemma, Dec 14) decimated the Doncaster 483m track record with an astonishing performance on Monday night.
The British bred blue who clocked 28.46 as a pup for the Wimbledon 480m, was frequently labelled with the ‘if he was only to start trapping again’. On Monday, he did exactly that and the result was a clock 20 spots inside a track record that has gone unchallenged for 12 years.