We find ourselves at the Semi Final stages of the Star Sports English Derby and we have one runner flying the flag for the kennels, the brilliant Clares Rocket.

Unbeaten in the competition to date, his Quarter Final run was his best run so far at the Towcester track. Holding his pitch on the run up he edged into the opening turn in front, accelerating round the turn he soon opened up an unassailable lead. Stretching away along the far side and round the final turns he raced home to a four and half length victory in a Quarter Final best time of 28.99. Ballinakil Clare ran a game race but was unable to overcome opening bend crowding.

The Derby Plate, a top quality competition running alongside the latter rounds of the English Derby, saw us safely secure three Semi Final places for the team. Impressive Guy ran out a good winner of Heat 2 (video below) a race which saw Sonic come home in 3rd place. Drive On Tipp flashed from boxes in Heat 3 but was unable to hold Gracies Blueboy at bay and finished 2nd to qualify for this weekend’s Semi Finals.

English Derby Semi Final

1. Clares Rocket
2. Swithins Brae
3. Astute Missle
4. Coolvanny Mason
5. Tyrur Shay
6. Sallows Ford

Derby Plate Semi Final

1. Chilli Squid
2. Paradise Valdez
3. Dorotas Wildcat
4. Sonic
5. King Kid
6. Maglass Razzle

Derby Plate Semi Final

1. Impressive Guy
2. Drive On Tipp
3. Bar The Warrior
4. Rising Razor
5. Gracies Blueboy
6. Brinkleys King

Clares Rocket – English Derby Quarter Final

Impressive Guy – Derby Plate Heat