Mark Wallis has not ruled out the possibility of sending Coral Brighton Belle winner Bridge Ruth north later this year to contest the Oaks.
After running out an easy seven-and-a-half-length winner of the Category Two contest at Hove on Thursday, the daughter of Hondo Black has had the Oaks, which this year will be run at Belle Vue, sounded out as a potential target by the Lakenheath handler.
Should Bridge Ruth head to Belle Vue later in the year it would be her second appearance in the competition having reached the semi-finals of last year Oaks which was run at Wimbledon.
“Bridge Ruth’s win was a great one for the kennel as it was my first winner of the competition,” said Wallis. “She loves the track at Hove and has a great record there and on her day she is a class act.
“She was ante-post favourite for the competition and we thought she would go well in it from the outset.
“The win opens a lot of options up for her. She may go to the Oaks at Belle Vue but I am not sure if the track will suit her. She could go also go back to Hove for the Olympic.”
The four-times champion trainer was also delighted with the performance of dual Category One scorer Blonde Reagan on Wednesday in the final of the Paddy Power TV Trophy at Yarmouth.
Despite not winning, the Mark Currell dog put up a worthy defence of his title by taking second behind runaway winner Musical Gaga in the Category One contest.
“Blonde Reagan could not have run any better in the defence of his TV Trophy title as at the end of the day he was up against an exceptional dog,” said Wallis. “Hopefully it was a sign that he his coming back to his best.
“The aim now for Blonde Reagan will be to defend his St Leger title.”
At Yarmouth last night Bridge Honcho and Sidaz Harris attempted to book their place in Saturday’s semi-finals of the 67th East Anglian Greyhound Derby.