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Dave Clark's weekend round-up: Bella best in Puppy Oaks heats

Seamus Cahill's progressive My Girl Bella set the standard in Sunday's bet365 Puppy Oaks heats at Towcester, cruising to victory in fine style in 29.76sec.

Only moderately away from the inside box, the March 21 whelp paced up nicely into the turn to defend her pitch before drawing clear with a smart burst of middle speed.

Cahill's youngster came home alone, five-and-a-half lengths clear of Patrick Janssens' Noelles Perfetto and rates a big player in the £10,000 competition.

14-1 shock win for Romford raider

Punters had their fingers burnt in the first of the eight first-round heats on Sunday with odds-on jolly Minnies Bullet qualifying but suffering defeat at odds of 5-6.

Marlene Westwood was doubly represented and it was her Petroma May who led early and hung on from the fast finishing favourite.

It'll be no consolation for those who got involved at short prices, but the runner-up ran a huge race in defeat to recover after early crowding and should be of interest to each-way punters in the outright market.

Friend is punters' pal despite inside hindrance

As so often at Towcester, a switch to the inside box can mean a badly missed break and that was the case for Barrie Draper's Slaneyside Friend who walked out in the red jacket at lids-rise.

However, she paced up nicely and was able to successfully defend the inside.

Having progressed nicely through the grades at Sheffield, this talented youngster is better suited to a middle plot and has the speed to compete at the highest level.

Gaga gone after rough ride

RPGTV Cowley Puppy Collar semi-finalist Queen Gaga was another odds-on jolly beaten, but on this occasion the fancied runner was eliminated from the competition after an early bump.

A moderate start meant she was on the back-foot early on and, despite showing decent early speed, she was unable to get across to the inside from trap five and was taken out of the race after collisions at the first and second bend.

The fast-starting Agilis Faith escaped and missed all the trouble to make all in 30.31sec, she was returning from seasonal rest and is expected to improve.

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Joan and Bluebelle benefit from inside box

While others drawn on the inside struggled, Hove challenger Droopys Joan and Irish raider Bubbly Bluebelle both held their pitches on the inside and did the business in their respective heats.

The latter turned over the antepost favourite Ballymac Mags, who qualified back in second.

Angie Kibble's well-fancied lady qualified safely back in second place and showed good speed in defeat after hitting the rail at the first bend.

She will improve plenty for that sighter and remains a big player in this competition.

Queen Pink bounces back to winning ways

Liz McNair's Romford Puppy Cup third Queen Pink returned to winning ways in fine style in the eighth and final heat, crushing her rivals by eight lengths in a slick 29.68sec.

A quick exit from the boxes saw her quickly in command and she raced clear in impressive fashion.

The McNair kennel have been in fantastic form recently having won the St Leger and Champion Stakes, their talented bitch pup has the ability to go all the way in this competition.

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