Mark Wallis is optimistic that he can become the most successful greyhound trainer of all time and win the coveted Trainer Of The Year title for a record breaking eighth time.
The Lakenheath handler received the trophy for last year’s record equalling seventh title at the GBGB Awards in London on Sunday, in front of family, friends, colleagues and owners.
With a month of this year’s competition nearly complete the Imperial Kennel’s handler has already chalked up a number of point scoring open race wins as well as sending out Patchys Kerry to finish second in the Coronation Cup at Romford in his bid for title number eight.
“It was a great to have everyone together from the kennel to celebrate what we achieved last year,” he said.
“Seven was the previous record which we have now equalled and when you look at that trophy there are some great names on there.
“It’s tough getting the top but it’s just as tough staying there year on year and keep producing the results.
“It was one of the most comfortable margins we have ever won it by last year.
“And it would be nice to have another year like that but it only takes one kennel to have a few strong dogs to challenge us.
“Our kennel is strong and I am hugely optimistic that some of our graded race dogs at Towcester can come through and be open race dogs.
“Hopefully we can have another good year and it would be nice if we could get that eighth title.”
There was more success for the kennel on the night after Oaks heroine Domino Storm was crowned Bitch Of The Year defeating Forest Twilight and You Never Listen in the process.
“Domino Storm had a great year all round capped by her fantastic win in the Oaks and that tipped the scales in her favour for Bitch Of The Year,” said Wallis.
While the now retired Adageo Bob had to settle for second spot in the Best British Bred category behind Eden The Kid the Essex Vase winner gained compensation when voted as the RPGTV Greyhound Of The Year in a separate event.
“It was a nice title to win as shows that he was obviously very popular having won 11 times on the RPGTV channel,” said Wallis.
“He had some strong opposition but that is another little notch he can now add to his CV.”
Wallis has warned that leading Ladbrokes Golden Jacket contender Patchys Kerry will only receive an entry into the Category One competition should she convince him that she stays the 714 metre trip in a trial stakes at Crayford on Saturday.
“Patchys Kerry has never been further than 630 metres so the jury is out whether she will stay or not,” said Wallis.
“She could be a leading contender if she does stay but I’m not entirely convinced she will.
“She doesn’t have to win, but just show us she gets the trip properly. If she doesn’t she might not run in it.”
n Last night Ferryforth Fran was due to run in the final of the Category Two Hall Green Prestige Final.