The first week of ‘token’ sprints are out of the way and the various trial sessions are beginning to demonstrate just how well many of the trainers have been able to prepare their runners for a return to racing.


At Romford on Monday, where the session was restricted to the Young and Gaskin kennels, Paul’s Camps Star clocked an excellent 23.83 for the 400 metre course, just three spots off his personal best. Seaglass Celine was Yvonne’s quickest re-qualifier with a 23.97 run.


Open race star Referendum, whose last track performance was a 27.41 open race win over Sheffield‘s 480 metres, was the star of the session at Owlerton. The Tony McKenna trained brindle clocked a fastest of session 16.16 for the 280 metre course; his personal best is 15.83. Droopys Gina was fastest over the 500 metre course in 29.33 (-20).


Jimmy Gaskin’s Ballymac Macken was the most impressive of the Doncaster triallers with a 28.24 (-20) run for the 450 metre course. Kennelmate Freedom Carlito (16.97) was the only sub 17.00 sprinter on the day. Russanda Reel reeled off a 30.09 for the 483 metres.


Erica Samuels’ Black Mystery clocked an open class 16.38 for the sprint at Yarmouth, with Sandra Clayton’s Seldom Blue produced her fastest ever run over the 462 metres with a 28.06 solo.


Central Park was running slower than most of the courses on Monday with Heathlawn River (29.37) the quickest over a 480m course rated .40 slow. Tony Collett’s Stride on Kilzo recorded 16.60 (-20) for the sprint.


Katie O’Flaherty’s Millabbey Ralph was marginally quickest at Crayford with a 23.24 (+10) run for the 380 metres. Droopys Noodle was only a neck slower with a 23.27 run.


Irish import Droopys Outcome continued her qualifying trials at Hove – they started in March – with a fastest-of-day 29.65 (-10) run for the 500 metres. Puppy Smurfs Machine clocked a highly satisfactory 16.19 (-05) for the sprint.