Wallis hoping to end 2015 on a high

Newmarket Journal FEBRUARY 2013''Mark Wallis Trainer Imperial Kennels. ENGANL00120130402141814

Newmarket Journal FEBRUARY 2013''Mark Wallis Trainer Imperial Kennels. ENGANL00120130402141814

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Mark Wallis is hoping to end a memorable 2015 on a high with victory in the RPGTV Henlow Xmas Cracker Final on Sunday night (7.45pm).

The Lakenheath handler is on course for a seventh Trainer of the Year title, with a lead of nearly £25,000 from his nearest challenger heading into the final week of 2015.

And, after claiming the Premier League with two victories in the final meeting at Towcester last week, Wallis is aiming for one more success before bringing the curtain down on a landmark year.

“It’s the last final we’re in and we’d like to finish the season off with a win,” the six-times champion trainer said.

“We’ve got two runners in the Christmas Cracker at Henlow on Sunday, which is a category two race worth £2,500.

“There are a few days left of the year to go, but we’re so far clear of our rivals competing for the Trainer of the Year title.

“It will be my seventh title, and fourth consecutively. Some of those wins have gone right to the wire, but this year has been fantastic for us, and I must say a big thanks to all the staff who have helped to do that.”

Clondoty Alex and Black Francis were among Wallis’ four winners at last Thursday’s meeting at Towcester, with the duo victorious in the Totejackpot Premier League Standard and the Totepool Premier League Stayers races.

Roswell Iceman kicked the night off by winning the Totepool Sprint, before Garyglass Pixie made it four winners for Wallis after claiming the Totepool Super Stayers.

“It was a great night on Sky,” Wallis reflected. “We had a couple of nice race winners and finished off with the Premier League title.

“We’ve had a really good year, and we haven’t really had any dips. It’s been relentless all year from start to finish.”

Wallis has racked up more than £150,000 in prize money during 2015 so far to sit top of the pile in the Trainer of the Year Championship, and has picked out two particular highlights from an outstanding year.

“Winning the Oaks Final with Domino Storm was our best win of the year,” he said.

“Adageo Bob put in the performance of the year while winning the Essex Vase.

“It was his last ever race before retirement, so to go out winning a big race like that was a very proud moment.”

Wallis will be running both Aero Babooshka and Blue Moment in the Xmas Cracker on Sunday, before the year draws to a conclusion with the Bags Championship Grand Finals on Wednesday afternoon.