Wallis to rely on Benkaat Nero in Olympic

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Benkaat Nero will go it alone for champion trainer Mark Wallis in the semi-finals of the Coral Greyhound Olympic at Hove.

The son of Droopys Scolari was the only one of the Lakenheath handler’s three entrants to make through the opening round of the Category Two competition on Sunday after obliging in heat three.

Both Evanta El Greco and Jimmy Nailed On made a swift exit from the event, with Evanta El Greco finishing fifth in behind Benkaat Nero, and Jimmy Nailed On fourth in heat four.

At Romford on Friday Blonde Razor proved to be a cut above his rivals in a competitive 575m open at the London Road track.

Showing good early pace the October 2011 dog quickly asserted into a lead he was not to surrender before crossing the line four-and-a-quarter lengths clear of runner-up Droopys Marian.

Victory for Blonde Razor was the second leg of a double on the night for Wallis after Huggies Buck went one better in a 400m open than he did seven days earlier.

Wallis’ double at Romford formed part of a cross card four-timer, with him also landing a double at Towcester on the same night thanks to wins from Rockburst Louis and Domino Storm.

There was also a memorable moment for Wallis’ former assistant trainer Patrick Janssens who sent out his first ever double as a trainer following wins for Flemish Idea and See No Gamble.

Twenty four hours later at the Northamptonshire track Wallis saw his prediction regarding a step up in trip likely to prove beneficial for Vanrooney with the son of Ace Hi Rumble landing the William Hill- On Your Mobile Super Stayers race over 686m.