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Coronation crown will not be up Wallis’ street in uphill task

OUT OF LUCK: Kennel hand Pete Vernon with Lil Risky, who could only finish fifth at Romford on Friday.

OUT OF LUCK: Kennel hand Pete Vernon with Lil Risky, who could only finish fifth at Romford on Friday.

Mark Wallis is not optimistic about the chances of any of his three runners making the final of this year’s Coral Coronation Cup at Romford.

After watching ante-post favourite Planning suffer a shock defeat in Friday’s opening round of the Category Two competition, the Lakenheath handler feels his remaining three runners, Adageo Brae, Darian Chief and Carden Twlight, face a tall order in tomorrow’s semi-finals.

“Although we still have three runners left in the Coronation Cup I would be very surprised if any of them got through to the final,” said Wallis.

“They probably just lack that little bit of class to see them through.

“As for Planning, he hadn’t run since finishing fourth in the Essex Vase in December and was in need of the run.

“Had he had a run under him, he may well have been able to get back in the race after meet. He will strip fitter in his next race.”

The four-times champion trainer was also out of luck in the final of the Coral On Tv Standard Trophy Final at the Essex track on Friday with Lil Risky.

Drawn in trap four, last year’s John Smith’s Peterborough Derby hero lost his chance of success after meeting trouble at the first bend.

Failing to recover, the prolific open race scorer could only finish fifth behind 12-1 winner Broadacres Buddy.

Wallis has confirmed that last year’s St Leger winner, Blonde Reagan is well on course ahead of his shot at next month’s Ladbrokes Golden Jacket.

“After having a trial at Monmore cancelled early on this week Blonde Reagan will be out in another trial later this week,” he said.

“We will make sure he is in top shape for the Golden Jacket and I will be disappointed if he gets beat in it.”

 

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