Vanrooney set to relish a step up in distance

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Mark Wallis expects Vanrooney to dazzle in front of the Sky television cameras at Towcester on Saturday when making a step up in trip, writes Graham Clark.

Although the son of Ace Hi Rumble is yet to score in any of his three outings since joining Mark Wallis, the Lakenheath handler feels that could all change when he steps up to a six-bend trip over 686 metres at the weekend.

“A lot of people have been waiting for Vanrooney to step up in trip,” said Wallis. “It will be a good race and it should be interesting and we expect him to run a good race.

“We have some decent runners there on Saturday with Adageo Bob in the invitation race against the three Irish dogs, Aayamzaone, and both Billys Bullet and Black Francis in the stayers’ final.

“Aayamzamodel will also run to keep her ticking over for the Golden Jacket.”

While having won just about every major prize in the sport the Lakenheath handler captured another historic moment at the Northamptonshire track on Saturday after Fairest Royal secured the first ever race to be run there.

“It was a great night with a great atmosphere,” said Wallis. “It was brilliant winning the first race as it was another historic moment for the kennel.

“The roar for the first race was bigger than that of the last couple of greyhound Derbies.

“There was a real good feel factor there and hopefully it will provide the sport with the shot in the arm it needs.”

Prior to the lids lifting at Towcester Wallis is set to be triple handed in the Category Two Henlow Cesarewitch, which gets under way tomorrow with Blacstone Marco, Vanfrenchie and Rosealinda.

“Blackstone Marco has not won there on his last couple of visits, but he should have a good chance, while Vanfrenchie has won a few times around there recently and I don’t see why he won’t go well in the competition,” said Wallis.

n Wallis was due to send out Cashen Maureen and Evanta Evita in the final of the ECC Timber Oaks at Belle Vue last night.