Bruisers hits the halfway high note after slick start.
Byline: SWIFT HALF Jonathan Kay
BRUISERS BULLET goes into tonight's Star Sports Derby quarter-final showdown with Clares Rocket as not just the fastest overall in Saturday's third round but also the fastest through halfway after making a slick start.
Mark Wallis's dog had assessed advantages of four and five spots over fellow heat winners Pacey Bambi and Danzey Exception respectively, with the fact that his overall time of 29.00sec (-20) was 30 and 13 spots faster respectively than that duo just merely underlining his all-round power.
The early speed of Bruisers Bullet will, though, be put to the test in the opening quarterfinal tonight where, in addition to leading outright fancy Clares Rocket, he also faces Shaneboy Freddie and Fweshfromthesesh who were both ranked top five on Saturday.
Shaneboy Freddie and Pacey Bambi have been the epitome of consistency through halfway, with just five and six spots between quickest and slowest halfway splits.
Second-round halfway pacersetter Forest Con avoided the fate of his round one predecessor Bubbly Bluebird - eliminated at the next stage - and remains in contention, although he did regress from a 15.23sec clocking to 15.45sec.
Hiya Butt remains the enigma of the competition having struggled from traps apart from in round two where a ping start allowed him to register his best halfway to date of 15.35sec.
He was just ten spots behind that in round three, chasing Danzey Exception despite having walked out of the traps. He looks the one dog with the ability to shoot right up the rankings if everything falls into place The 5.68sec time of Pacey Bambi to the first bend in Saturday's opener was the fastest of the round, while Tyrur Shay once again proved the strongest finisher when clocking 38.9mph in the final section of the course.
Data from Towcester's transponder system was not available for the heat two on Saturday won by Bruisers Bullet. Times for that heat were calculated (*in table) by cross-referencing computer software generated clockings from multiple sources.