Getting stuck in a traffic jam is the only thing Mark Wallis feels will prevent Adageo Bob from capturing the Coral Coronation Cup at Romford.
Having established himself as the leading dog around the London Road track’s 575-metre trip over the past 12 months, the Lakenheath handler is confident he can land the Category Two event, which starts tomorrow.
In last year’s renewal of the competition, which is worth £5,000 to the winner, the six-time champion trainer sent out the first four finishers.
On that occasion it saw the now-retired Reel Trickyone claim his third final win in the space of two months when leading home Jazz Tilly (second), Hometown Honey (third) and Aayamzamodel (fourth).
“Adageo Bob is unbeatable over that trip at Romford and I don’t think there is another dog in the country that can get near him,” said Wallis. “He won 15 times over the track and trip last year and clocked seven times under 35 seconds including on last run when he went 34.81.
“He has got the speed of a four bend dog, but stays six-bends and this is his ideal trip.
“It was unfortunate that he was withdrawn from the semi-finals of the Essex Vase after we got caught up in traffic on the way down there, and that is the only thing that will stop him from gaining compensation in this.”
Should Adageo Bob fail to deliver the goods, Wallis will be hoping that one of his other entries — which include Blonde Razor, Vanfrenchie and Jimmy Nailed On — can pick up the pieces.
“Blonde Razor has been running well of late and went under the 35-second barrier during his last win. He has made a couple of finals and won plenty of opens last year,” said Wallis. “Vanfrenchie is another who has broken the 35 second barrier, but although he is a decent dog he has got a bit to find to trouble both Adageo Bob and Blonde Razor, while Jimmy Nailed On looks to be a dog for the future to take over from the principals when they retire.”
Wallis was given some additional festive cheer on Boxing Day (Friday) after Blackstone Marco handed him a second straight win in the Henlow Cesarewitch.
After winning the Category Two prize 12 months ago courtesy of Reel Trickyone, Wallis saw it return to Imperial Kennels once again after the 4/5 favourite completed an unbeaten run in the competition with a three- and-three-quarter-length victory over kennelmate Vanfrenchie.
On Sunday, things did not quite fall into place for Benkaat Nero in the final of the Coral Olympic at Hove.
Although housed in trap number one the son of Droopys Scolari could only finish fourth in the Category Two final.