Francis keeps St Leger hope alive for Wallis

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Black Francis made sure champion trainer Mark Wallis’ interest in this year’s William Hill St Leger remains intact after making into Saturday’s quarter-final stage.

The Lakenheath handler’s sole-entry in the 687-metre Category One competition at Wimbledon crept into the quarter-finals after finishing third in the first heat of the opening round on Saturday.

Although drawn in his favoured trap one in the third of Saturday’s quarter-finals, the son of Head Bound has it all to do with him drawn against leading antepost fancies Billys Bullet, Romantic Rambo and Millwards Teddy.

Twenty fours after Black Francis progressed through to the next round of the William Hill St Leger, Ilewin Allot finished a creditable third behind Southern Mesut in the final of the Category One RPGTV Henlow Derby at the Bedfordshire track.

At Nottingham on Tuesday, Do It For Twiggy failed to make an impact in his first major final when trailing home last behind the Kevin Hutton-trained Swansalona Diva in the final of the Category One British Breeders Stakes.

On Monday, the five-times champion trainer could have a strong hand in the opening round of this year’s Category One Betfred Eclipse at Nottingham.

In the frame to line-up are Benkaat Nero, Blonde Razor, Adageo Bob and recent recruit Vanrooney.