Wallis hails career highlight

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Mark Wallis hailed the victory of Adageo Bob in the final of this year’s Coral Essex Vase at Romford as one of the most enjoyable moments of his career, writes Graham Clark.

The four-and-a-half year old gained a fairytale success on his last start by chalking up a long overdue win in a 575 metre Category One competition at the London Road track on Tuesday.

Breaking smartly from trap six the son of Hondo Black, who finished second race in 2013 behind kennelmate Reel Trickyone, always had the measure of favourite Fivestar Clipper after turning in first at the opening bend.

Maintaining his relentless gallop throughout the 2-1 chance drew right away from his rivals to claim a facile eight-and-three-quarter length success to complete a four-timer on the night for the Lakenheath handler who had earlier been successful with Adageo Djongo, Swift Whirlwind and Clondoty Alex.

“That was one of the best ever nights we’ve had at Romford,” enthused Wallis.

“He just cleared the other dogs at the first bend and once he was in front it was going to take a good dog to get past him.

“No wins for any trainer will surpass a Derby victory but this win ranks right up there. It was certainly one of the most pleasurable wins.

“For him to pick his moment, having had all these chances before when it has never quite happened, in his last race, and in what was one of the best ever Essex Vase finals, is what dreams are made of.”