Trainer Wallis is not convinced by the chances of star hurdler

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Mark Wallis is under the impression that Cornamaddy Jumbo will not be called out as the Greyhound of the Year at the GBGB Awards tomorrow, writes Graham Clark.

Despite Cornmaddy Jumbo becoming the first dog in the history of the sport to win the Springbok, Champion Hurdle and Grand National in the same year, the Lakenheath handler feels that his star hurdler will be overlooked for the main prize during the awards ceremony at the Lancaster London.

“Cornamaddy Jumbo is a formality to win best hurdler and by winning all three major titles over hurdles it gives him an outstanding chance of being Greyhound of the Year,” said Wallis. “However, my suspicions are that the greyhound writers responsible for picking the winner will ignore him as he is a hurdler and not a flat dog.”

Wallis, who will collect his sixth Greyhound Trainers’ Association Trainer of the Year title on Sunday, was due to send out Billys Bullet in the opening round of the Partex Marking Systems Prestige at Hall Green last night.