As the build-up to the ECC Timber Oaks and Laurels got going in earnest at Belle Vue on Saturday night, Charlie Lister was setting down his markers writes John Forbes.
The Manchester racecourse has often been a happy hunting ground for the Newark trainer in past and he was on top form as he picked off three of the prizes on offer.
Bigmans Kid led the way as he took the B Division of the Standard by a very comfortable three and a half lengths from General Sherman in 27.63 for the 470 metres; Tyrur Caroline then advertised her Oaks claims by making a winning UK debut in the Belle Vue Ladies, beating Crewe Bay Ace by three and threequarter lengths in 27.70.
Say Loose rounded things off nicely by claiming the A Division of the standard by five and a half lengths in 27.59.
Redbrick Brooke is developing into a very promising youngster for Jimmy Johnstone’s kennel at Doncaster.
A February 20014 son of Razldazl George out of former Doncaster and Sheffield racer Stokette, he took his score to two out of three in a B1 at the Meadow Court Stadium on Saturday night, winning by three lengths in 27.78, third fastest time of the year for the 450 metres.
Small Town Envy has been something of a revelation since his recent arrival from Ireland and he was the star of the show again Paul Miller as he led the charge in a five-timer for the trainer at Kinsley on Friday.
Having been stepped up to D1 after two wins from his first three starts in West Yorkshire, the dog, who had won just three of his 23 starts on the other side of the water, led from the initial turn to score by a length and a half in 16.25 for the 268 metres at odds of 3-1.
The kennel then went on to take four more prizes on the night with Shawlands Kirk (7-4), Tullumurry Pick (3-1), Small Town Thief (5-2) and Aura Lewis (5-2).