After the disappointment of seeing five of the English Derby team eliminated last weekend, we bounced back in fine fashion as we sent out two Third Round heat winners at Nottingham on Friday evening.
Clonbrien Prince was a hugely impressive winner of Heat 3. He took control of the contest in the early stages on the run to the bend, leading in to the opening turns he turned the race into a solo trial for himself as he cruised along in front of the chasing Roxholme Jim. Pulling further away as they turned for home he stopped the clock in a brilliant, fastest time of the round, 29.19. It was a similar story for Nice Charmer in Heat 7. He broke well and led into the opening turn, extending his lead at half way to a couple of lengths the lead started to get eaten into around the final turns. Repelling the challenge from Ballymac Tas in 2nd spot on the run in he kept on in front to win in 29.42 by three quarters of a length.
The draw for the Quarter Finals was made after racing and fortunately sees both of our remaining competitors kept apart from one another. Click on the images below to view the full form.