Mark Wallis has warned that Adageo Bob must rediscover his early kick if he is to progress to the final of the Coral Champion Stakes at Romford.
Despite winning his opening round heat of the 575 metre Category One competition around on Friday the four-year old was far from his fluent best.
While the Lakenheath handler believes that Adageo Bob needs to raise his game in tomorrow’s second semi-final where he will take on kennel mates Jimmy Nailed On and Blonde Razor, he still feels that he is the one that they have beat given his prolific record around the London Road track.
“Adageo Bob did well to win in the first round as he was in trouble but I thought it was a great run to go through the field and score like he did,” said Wallis.
“If he is going to win the competition he needs to get his early kick to the first bend back as there are plenty of other dogs from not only from our kennels but from others that will test him.
“He needs to be that bit livelier away from the traps as the key to him is being able to dominate the race.
“I expect a more polished performance from him tomorrow and he is still the dog to beat given his record at the track.”
The six-times champion trainer will also be represented in the opening semi-final of the event by first round winner Patchys Kerry and high class bitch Domino Storm who he feels can make a bold bid from a difficult draw.
“It was Domino Storm’s first run over that trip in a hot race.
“I was really pleased with the way that she run and she will come on a bundle for that,” said Wallis.
“She has to race against the dog that beat her in the first round (Jet Stream Sound). Although she has a tricky draw in three if she can smash out of the boxes she can see that rival off.”
Tonight both Aero Babooshka and Airforce Duchess will go in the opening semi-final of the Category Two Coral Brighton Belle at Hove.
“I think both have got a good chance of making the final.
“They will need to improve a little bit to win it but both are decent bitches,” added Wallis.
n Last night Wallis sent out a team of seven, including Evanta Evita and Evanta Fantasy, to contest the opening round of the Totepool 69th East Anglian Greyhound Derby at Yarmouth.