Oaks win hands trainer Wallis an early Christmas present

Mark Westley Photography'Lakenheath Greyhound trainer Mark Wallis with his oaks winner Cashen Maureen. ANL-141215-163355009
Mark Westley Photography'Lakenheath Greyhound trainer Mark Wallis with his oaks winner Cashen Maureen. ANL-141215-163355009

Cashen Maureen delivered trainer Mark Wallis an early Christmas present on Wednesday after clinching the ECC Timber Oaks.

In what has already been a sensational year for the Lakenheath handler, the daughter of Cashen Legend ticked off one of the few remaining Category One prizes that has eluded Wallis with a scorching success in the 470 metre contest at Belle Vue.

After blitzing her rivals in the semi-finals, the 4/6 favourite once again flew from the traps to go straight into an early lead and leave her five competitors with it all to do.

Not relenting out in front, the two-year old bitch crossed the line three-and-a-quarter lengths clear of runner-up Bromwich Sue to land the £15,000 first prize much to the delight of her connections.

“The Oaks is a race I have been desperate to win for a few years now but I have just not really had a bitch good enough for it,” said Wallis. “It is one race every trainer wants to win alongside the Derby and the St Leger.

“She did exactly what she had to do and smashed out of the trap and beat them all to the bend including Evanta Evita our other dog in the final. From there onwards they were never going to get past her. It was another performance right out the top drawer.”

With Cashen Maureen having four runs inside the space of a fortnight Wallis is in no rush to outline where he plans to go next with his new star bitch.

“She won’t race any more now until the new year,” added Wallis.

“Ideally I would like her to come into season in January or February before perhaps getting her ready for something like the Trainers’ Championship meeting.

“Ultimately we will probably get her ready for the Derby. In reality it would be hard to win it with a bitch but if any bitch could do it, it would be her.”

On Thursday the five-times champion handler saw all three of his runners Vanfrenchie, Blackstone Marco and Rosealinda, progress through to the semi-finals of the Henlow Cesarewitch which will be held tonight.

Wallis enjoyed an across the card 150/1 four-timer on Friday evening courtesy of doubles at both Towcester and Romford.

Scoring at Romford for the 50 year old was Huggies Buck and Blonde Razor, while on the mark at Towcester was Domino Storm and Rockburst Louis.

At the Northamptonshire track on Saturday, Vanrooney proved Wallis’ decision to step him up in trip was the correct one when running out the winner of the William Hill-On Your Mobile Super Stayers race over 686m.

Benkaat Nero will go it alone for Wallis in Sunday’s semi-finals of the Coral Greyhound Olympic at Hove, after both Jimmy Nailed On and Evanta El Greco bowed out of the opening round of the Category Two contest at the weekend.

n Wallis’ former assistant Patrick Janssens matched the double achieved by his former boss on Friday at Towcester thanks to wins from Flemish Idea and See No Gamble.