|J SMITHS GRAND NATIONAL Central Park 480mH £8,000 Oct 3|
|1. RAZLDAZL RAIDIO (Razldazl Rioga-Razldazl Marilyn) (T6) 2-7|
|2. RAZLDAZL STAR (Razldazl Billy-Razldazl Marilyn) (T2) 25-1|
|3. BALLYMAC MANIX (Ballymac Vic-Moyar Kate) (T4) 8-1|
|4. BALLYMAC LEO (Premier Fantasy-Ballymac Linda) (T5) 12-1|
|5. JULIUS GEORGE (Kinloch Brae-Midway Skipper) (T1) 66-1|
|6. MYSTICAL CHARLIE (Hades Rocket-Bluebell Fantasy) (T3) 8-1|
|29.61 (N) 2¼, 4 ½, 2, 8¼, dis|
|Owner: Mr D A Jensen, Ms S M Wilson Trainer: Ricky Holloway|
An overdue win for the Raidio and a turn-up for Patrick Janssens – were the highlights of Tuesday’s Grand National/Kent Derby card from Central Park.
The feature event saw Razldazl Raidio take over the crown as the country’s top hurdler – a title that will surely be confirmed at a London hotel in early 2018.
Ricky Holloway’s black – 11 months younger than his great rival Ballymac Manix – went to traps with 37 wins from his 54 races.
But the dog who was beaten at odds-on in both the 2016 Springbok and Grand National deciders, now looks like the season hurdler he always promised to be.
He drew the striped jacket and went to traps as the 2-7f. . . .
It was a perfect return to form for the Dolores Ruth bred runner. It was Raidio’s fifth win in a row following a run of five losses in her previous six races. His winning time of 29.61 (N) was some way off his best over course and distance – his three previous outings had been clocked at 29.12, 29.12 and 29.14 – mainly as a result of the first bend bump that he received. He was followed home by half brother Razldazl Star contesting just his 20th race.
Patrick Janssens was also on a recovery mission with Barricane Tiger – beaten in last year’s Kent Derby Final – but it was kennelmate Bockos Alfie who stole the £7,000 following an electric break from trap three. . . .
|CEARNSPORT KENT DERBY Central Park 480m £7,000 October 3|
|1. BOCKOS ALFIE (Droopys Scolari-Ballymac Scarlet) (T3) 12-1|
|2. KING KID (Droopys Scolari-Shaws Dilemma) (T6) 10-3|
|3. DROOPYS GOLD (Loughteen Blanco-Droopys Force) (T4) 7-4f|
|4. SILVERHILL CONOR (Paradise Madison-Silverhill Tina) (T5) 7-1|
|5. BARRICANE TIGER (Razldazl Jayfkay-Dirt Bird) (T1) 4-1|
|6. DOROTAS DEL MAR (Droopys Oscar-Droopys Danneel) (T2) 6-1|
|28.84 (N) 1¼, 1½, 1, sh, 3½|
|Owner: Mrs B Lockhead Trainer: Patrick Janssens|