Mark Wallis was left content despite seeing Black Francis miss out on securing a second successive Golden Jacket title for the Imperial Kennels.
Having won the event last year with Hometown Honey, the Lakenheath-based trainer stood a good chance of lifting the title again in Tuesday night’s final at Crayford with Black Francis winning his semi-final heat in an encouraging time of 45.44 seconds.
Despite improving his time in the final, running 45.22, Black Francis could only muster a fourth-place finish with Wiki Waki Woo sealing the crown in a time of 44.99.
However, Wallis was left far from disappointed after finishing with one winner on the night as Jimmy Nailed On claimed victory in the Category Two Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy.
“Making the final itself was a really good achievement for Black Francis and so we were delighted with that,” he said. “He ran really well but the three dogs in front of him were just better on the night.
“Maybe if we had a bit more luck on the night it could have different, but I have no complaints.
“We did have some success with Jimmy Nailed On winning the Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy, which is a competition we have won for the last four years, so that was pleasing.”
Elsewhere, Wallis endured a difficult evening at the Bunny Bookmakers Gold Cup in Henlow on Sunday with both Blackstone Marco and Blonde Razor failing to taste success in difficult conditions.