With the Kent Derby and Grand National due to close for entries later this week, few trainer would have enjoyed Sunday night at CENTRAL PARK more than trainer Ricky Holloway.
Surprisingly perhaps for the hurdler specialist, it was a graded flat runner who produced the performance of the night.
Lenson Wilson (Scolari Me Daddy-Kilduff Kerry, Aug 15) went to traps as the evens favourite in the A1 and produced the fastest time of the night, 28.68 (all N). It completed a 4/4 sequence for the 28.35 Waterford winner – under his old name of Fleeting Nicko.
Needless to say, the kennel also picked up one of the National trialstakes with Razldazl Star (Razldalz Billy-Razldazl Marilyn, Jan 15). The 1-3f won with ease in 29.71 for the 480m jumps course. That time was eclipsed later in the meeting by Julie Luckhurst’s 20-1 shot Seefin Aldo (Royal Impact-Adored, Oct 13) with a 29.61 victory.
Rio San Marino (Droopys Scolari-Droopys Force, Sep 13) collected his weekly wage when landing the 642m open in 40.10. It was his fifth win in his last six outings over course and distance.
The meeting also featured an interesting graded winner when Boozed Flash won an A4 at odds of 2-5f. The source of the confidence behind Mick Mavrias’ runner is not immediately obvious. He led early but only prevailed by a head in 29.53 – a winning time slower than three of his previous four runs over over course and distance.
HENLOW staged seven opens on Sunday with Mark Wallis picking up a short priced treble over three different distances.
Shlowdown Sally (Confident Rankin-Roll On Rover, Mar 14) completed a five-timer over course and distance when landing the sprint in 16.46 (+05). The 4-6f won from T6 having previously triumphed from traps, two, three and five.
One of the 460s went to kennelmate Forest Melanie (Tullymurry Act-Forest May, Jul 15) who returned at 5-4f and clocked 27.70 for the 460m. While Garryglass Teddy (Scolari Me Daddy-Pennys Lydia, Sep 14) returned at 2-1 when winning a 550m contest in 33.19 (+15).
Ron Peckover’s Salthill Monarch (Aero Ardiles-Jennas Pony, May, 14) recorded the night’s quickest 460m open in 27.61, though the performance of the night probably belonged to 21 month old Miss Aetheflaed (Zero Ten-Elegent Ana, Dec 15) who was only three spots slower when landing an A5.