Shot priced losers are usually as interesting as odds-on winners and Nottingham punters had their share of both on Monday night.
Heading the list was the defeat of 1-3f Newinn Shadow in his second race back after a winter lay-off. A week earlier, Chalie Lister’s runner had come to within a bodylength of the 480m track record with a 28.11 run.
On Monday though, he just failed to clear the bend with Lowgate Malfoy taking full advantage in a FON 28.70 (+40) in the £500 final.
Although most punters will reflect on the seven length reversal of form between the two principles, take nothing away from the British bred winner.
Jim Hayton’s Malfoy (Windy Millar-Hawks Dutchess, Aug 14) was landing his 20th open in his 69th outing and the 110th for his dam.
They were spread between two litters whelped in June 2012 and a repeat mating in August 2014. In total, 17 of the 18 pups produced by Hawks Dutchess have won races of which 14 have won opens.
The big interest wasn’t over four bends though, but two cracking 680 metre contests. The first featured Huarache Madison (Paradise Madison-Highview Gale, Apr 14) who was out to redeem a reputation after being knocked out of the Golden Jacket as the ante post favourite.
Given the chance to perform, Hayley Keightley’s 2-5f was never in danger and turned over local favourite Incredible Flyer by an impressive seven lengths in 44.50 (+60).
Incredibly though, it wasn’t the fastest run of the night. That went in a race where 4-6f Calzaghe Bradley was beaten by Tony McKenna’s in-form Coney Cactus (Kinloch Brae-Swift Palmer, Dec 15). Freely available at 11-8, the Sheffield runner made it seven wins from her last nine opens in 44.45 (+60).