Wallis’ glory hopes dashed

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Mark Wallis was not left overly disappointed despite seeing his hopes of clinching William Hill Greyhound Derby glory dashed as he was left with no runners still in contention for honours.

The Lakenheath-based handler had three runners left at the quarter-final stages on Tuesday but by the end of the evening was left with none as Blonde Nipper, Evanta Fantasy and Evanta Evita all failed to progress.

However, despite missing out on a chance of a third overall in the competition, Wallis was not overly surprised not to see his runners not make the mark.

“I’m obviously a tiny bit disappointed but not particularly surprised to be honest,” he said.

“We did well to get as far as we did and to be honest I don’t think we had any obvious choices to be in contention of winning it this year.

“We have won it twice before and although we hoped we might sneak another win, it just wasn’t to be. I think our dogs would have been suited better elsewhere.”

However, despite seeing his hopes of lifting the main prize ended, Wallis will still have involvement in Saturday’s final with Cornamaddy Jumbo and Domino Storm involved in supporting races.

Cornamaddy Jumbo will be aiming to take the first steps towards retaining his Champion Hurdle title in the heats of the competition, while Domino Storm will compete in the Derby Plate event.

“We will be involved in a couple of the supporting races so that will be nice to still be involved on Saturday,” added Wallis.

“Cornamaddy Jumbo won everything last year but this is his first race back from injury so it should be interesting.”