Brinkleys Poet delighted trainer Mark Wallis in his first four bend outing in eight months with a 28.65 (N) solo trial for Hove’s 490 metres on Thursday night.
It was the fastest time of the night, two spots quicker than kennelmate Antigua Romeo’s maiden open race win later in the evening.
Mark said: “It was an excellent run, and most importantly, he is sound this morning. I don’t know what we will be doing next. I don’t like to plan too far ahead with dogs coming back from injury, but I’ll be looking through the Calendar this morning.”
It was a good night for owner Nic Jeal who, in addition to Poet’s trial and Romeo’s win, saw Antigua Fire qualify for the Regency semi finals.
Mark said: “I spoke to Nic and he was obviously very pleased with all three. Fire clearly showed that he hadn’t been around the place before and ran right off, taking Brigadier Bullet with him. He should benefit for his next run. Brigadier isn’t suited by the short run to the bend but should go well at Yarmouth (in the George Ing St.Leger).
“Ava Storm was also eliminated, but looking at the way she went to the pick-up, I think we may have a TV Trophy bitch.”
**Patrick Janssens Racing Post Juvenile winner Seaglass Phantom recorded the fastest 515 of the year in a solo before racing clocking 29.55 (N).