Bullet gives Wallis reason to smile
Bombers Bullet provided Mark Wallis with a much-needed boost after one of the toughest periods of his career by storming to glory in the Coral Champion Stakes at Romford on Friday, writes Graham Clark.
Having been forced to switch his team to Henlow after Towcester went into administration last month the Lakenheath handler celebrated his third victory in the Category One prize thanks to the son of Droopys Cain’s second top-level success of the season.
Victory for the The Bruiser Boyz-owned dog formed the centrepiece of a treble on the night for the successful connections and nine-times champion trainer Wallis with Brigadier Bullet landing the maiden stayers final and Baroness Bullet clinching the maiden marathon final.
“After a difficult period for the kennel with the aftermath of the Towcester closure it was a welcome relief to be involved in a big final and the Champion Stakes is one of the biggest of the year,” said Wallis.
“To win on Friday was special as it was such a hot race and it will give the kennel a real boost as we go forward.”
Entering the final on the back of two second place finishes in the opening round and semi-final the April 2015 dog needed a smart break from trap one if he was to go one better in the decider worth £10,000 to the winner and add to his Grand Prix title.
Making a slick exit the 5-2 favourite held his rails pitch well to assert at the head of the field heading out of the first bend before winding up the pressure from the sharp end.
With Ower Boy Bullet and Kanturk Repeat colliding rounding the final turn it left this year’s Derby fifth crossing the line seven and a half lengths clear of runner-up, and his semi-final conqueror, Clash, with kennel-mate Saleen Ash finishing back in third.
“He has been in four Category One finals in a row and I said it would be nice if he could get a fifty per cent strike rate in them and he has got that now,” added Wallis.
“Credit to my team who have done well keeping him going, and to Ron Mills who has done lots of work on him.
“I didn’t think the rails would suit him as I thought he would be slightly better off the rails but he smashed out and that was the way to get out in a final.
“He will have a rest now. I don’t think he will stay the trip in the St Leger but he could come back here for the Essex Vase.”