Veteran Alex still going strong for Wallis in the Golden Sprint

HIGH HOPES: Mark Wallis believes Clondoty Alex, pictured with Imperial Kennels' Sid Huett, has a real chance of winning the Golden Sprint
HIGH HOPES: Mark Wallis believes Clondoty Alex, pictured with Imperial Kennels' Sid Huett, has a real chance of winning the Golden Sprint
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While Mark Wallis has high hopes for all three of his Coral Golden Sprint semi-finalists, he believes the experienced Clondoty Alex represents his best chance of glory.

Alex — last year’s East Anglian Derby winner — will bid for a place in the final at Romford on Friday, along with kennel-mates Calco Flyer and Ela Ela Genie.

All three are regarded to have a decent shout of winning a title that Wallis last clinched in 2012, but the Imperial Kennels handler is particularly excited by the prospect of 2013 dog Alex continuing to defy his years.

“He is a proper veteran, but has retained all of his ability,” said Wallis.

“It is very unusual to run a dog at his age. It is like a footballer playing professionally at 45.

“But he is running well and he has won big competitions like this before.

“He knows what to do and when to do it, which makes him a top quality dog and one with a real chance.”

Alex has been drawn in trap two in the first of three semi-finals at 8.37pm, while Calco Flyer (trap two) and Ela Ela Genie (trap three) go in the second (8.53pm).

The top two from each race will advance through to the final, which is scheduled for Friday, March 17.

n A former employee of Wallis — Hockwold-based Patrick Janssens — also has two interests left in the competition.

Barricane Hazard has been drawn in the same semi as Wallis’ duo, while Diablo will go in the 9.10pm race.