Seldom can a team have sent out five winners of a BAGS Track Championship and come away with less of a winning margin than Belle Vue on Wednesday afternoon.
While the host track did not exactly fare badly – 70 points is a par score for a home team with two runners in each race – the Manchester venue only managed only 73 despite hugely impressive 1,837-1 five timer by Scarlet Soze (4-1 juvenile), Flamboyant (2-1 standard), Ballymac Jack (4-1 dog standard), Aclamon Dodo (5-2jf stayers) and Steely Charm (6-1 elite standard).
The key was the mere 23 points amassed by the other nine runners. In contrast, Sheffield with just the one winner, the irrepressible Russanda Roslea (5-4f bitches standard), rallied with three second places and a final score of 41. Yorkshire neighbours Kinsley scored one maxium with Scarto Belle (7-1 sprint) and would have been reasonably satisfied with their 33 points.
The Newcastle leg is up next, but the omens do not look good for the Geordies.
2nd Leg: Sunderland 22, Belle Vue 73, Newcastle 27, Kinsley 33, Sheffield 41
Overall: 95 Belle Vue, 91 Sunderland, 79 Sheffield, 67 Newcastle, 58 Kinsley
Newcastle Saturday, October 22nd (AFT)
Kinsley Sunday, November 13th (AFT)
Sheffield Tuesday, November 29th (EVE)