History was created down in Kent on Sunday after Cornamaddy Jumbo captured The Friends of Sittingbourne Grand National.
Making a blistering start from the traps, the October 2010 dog bravely hung on to take the 480-metre Category One race by half-a-length to complete an unbeaten run through the event at Sittingbourne Stadium.
In winning the race, the son of Ardkill Jamie — who is trained in Lakenheath by Mark Wallis — became the first dog in the sport to be the holder of all three major hurdling titles, having captured both the William Hill Springbok and William Hill Champion Hurdle earlier this year.
“He has hung on gamely at the end and in my eyes it was his jump at the last that sealed him the win,” said Wallis, who part owns the greyhound. “It was like a horse coming over the last at Cheltenham — it was a magnificent jump.
“The other great thing is he has won this on a track that really did not suit him as it is a fast 480 and it does stretch him.
“It was a fabulous training performance by the team here at Imperial Kennels as to get a dog to peak three times in one year is brilliant.”
Prior to Jumbo’s moment of glory, Blonde Razor finished a respectable third in the John Smith’s Kent Derby final, while up at Henlow on the same evening Ilewin Allot booked a spot in the final of the Category One RPGTV Henlow Derby final with victory in the opening semi-final, a race his kennel mate Blue Moment finished last in.
“Ilewin Allot pulled off a good surprise at Henlow and although there was a bit of a track bias on the inside I still think he would have won his heat,” said Wallis. “He will need another good performance in the final.”
Do It For Twiggy will make an appearance in front of the Sky television cameras at Nottingham on Tuesday after reaching the final of the British Breeders Stakes, a competition Wallis won last year with Adageo Bob, on Monday.
“Do It for Twiggy is improving all the time and is now starting to show his potential,” said Wallis. “He has a got a bit to find but he may find that sufficient improvement.”
Black Francis will be Wallis’ sole runner in the William Hill St Leger on Saturday.