Star shines at Mildenhall Stadium

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MILDENHALL GREYHOUNDS

WARNING Star was the star turn at Mildenhall Greyhound Stadium last week after lowering the 16-year-old 375m track record when claiming his fifth open race win at the circuit.

Trained locally by Darren Whitton, and owned by Mitch Nicolaou, the son of Droopys Scolari overcame a tardy start to use the best of his rails draw to blow away a good class field by five-and-a-quarter lengths to come home in a record time of 22.76 seconds.

Whitton, who has switched some of his other runners to Mildenhall in recent weeks, was also off the mark with his first graded runner as Tangler Murphy took an early lead in an A4 to win by two-and-a-half lengths in 23.54s.

Another trainer maintaining his good form since his return from Henlow is Eric Cantillon, who had yet another lucrative night at Mildenhall, landing a treble headed by his Blackrose Leo.

Blackrose Leo finished like a train along with his kennel-mate Blackrose Lipy to land the night’s richest race and land a one-two for Cantillon in the Owners Bonus Series A5 £500 final.

Cantillion was on the mark in the night’s 545m standard as Blackrose Puma led early to win in a fast 33.97s with the hat-trick completed by Blackrose Stitch, who won the A5 in 23.72s.

The open race card also saw wins for Roger Woolf’s Way Lad in the 545m maiden as this one-paced staying sort took second place early on to grind down Mays Bodyguard in the shadow of the line to win by a short head.

There was a similar performance by Anne Kirby’s Droopys Neale, who came from last to first in impressive style after being some seven lengths adrift at halfway to win by one length in 45.29s in the 700m maiden.

Friday’s all-graded card saw an overdue return to form of Rosemary Mason, who landed a double with recent Irish sales imports Sir Ed in 23.81 in the A7, and best backed dog of the night Bearhaven Jazz who led on the line to win the S4 in 34.83 for 545m landing a significant gamble.

The other notable gamble on the night was landed by Elegant Pride as the connections of the Anne Kirby trained runner made the most of a downgrade to win the A5 in 23.68.

As predicted in last week’s column, Roger York’s improving puppy Wheres Ben made the successful step up in grade when coming from last to first to win the A6 in 23.50s, but he will need to sharpen up his trapping to land the hat-trick.