Patchys Kerry could make long awaited return to race action

WELCOME RETURN: Newmarket-based trainer Mark Wallis (pictured) could be set to see his Champion Stakes' winning dog Patchys Kerry return to the track for the first time since September in the Coral Coronation Cup
WELCOME RETURN: Newmarket-based trainer Mark Wallis (pictured) could be set to see his Champion Stakes' winning dog Patchys Kerry return to the track for the first time since September in the Coral Coronation Cup

Mark Wallis has warned that Patchys Kerry may need the run in tomorrow’s opening round of the Coral Coronation Cup at Romford.

The daughter of Blackstone Gene is to make her first start since winning the Champion Stakes at the London Road track back in September when lining up in heat six of the Category Two 575 metre competition alongside kennelmate Blonde Razor.

“We are looking forward to having a reasonably strong team in the Coronation Cup which will see the return of Patchys Kerry,” said Wallis, who last won the event back in 2014 with Reel Trickyone.

“She came into season after the Champion Stakes and we have been slowly building her back up. She might lack a bit of race fitness but she but she trialled well recently.

“If she can qualify from the first round then she could go really well.”

With regard to the chances of his other three runners Aayamzamodel, Swift Whirlwind and Ribble Aon, it is the last named of that trio the Lakenheath handler feels could be the one to side with.

“Swift Whirlwind is fast on his day, but he is a little bit inconsistent and I’ve a feeling that Ribble Aon could be a lively outsider,” said Wallis.

“She ran well in the BAGS Championship while she has won in the top grade at Towcester.”

On Sunday, Blue Moment and Aero Babooshka finished second and third in the final of the Category Two RPGTV Henlow Xmas Cracker, while on Wednesday the recently crowned seven-times champion trainer helped Towcester secure victory in the final of the BAGS Track Championship at Perry Barr.