Mark Wallis targets third Coral Champion Stakes win at Romford
Mark Wallis believes that both Saleen Ash and Bombers Bullet have strong claims of giving him a third success in the Coral Champion Stakes at Romford tomorrow night.
The Lakenheath handler will be double handled as he seeks a first victory in the 575 metre Category One contest at the Essex venue since Patchys Kerry triumph in 2015.
While this year’s Grand Prix hero, and Derby finalist, Bombers Bullet has had to make do with finishing second in both his opening round heat and semi-final it has been a different story for Saleen Ash who is so far two from two in the competition.
“It’s a good final and probably as good a final as there has been for the last 10 years. There are some class dogs in there including our two,” said Wallis.
“It is a tough final but I think both our dogs have good chances. Saleen Ash has been running out of his skin and he won well in his semi-final and he has got a good draw in six.
“Bombers Bullet has trap one and although I would rather he was in trap two or three he is going to be flying up that inside rail and he won’t let up. I can easily see him coming from off the pace. It could play into his hands if the front runners all bunch up.”
Although Wallis expects both his representatives in the Champion Stakes to be on the premises he feels that Brinkleys Rosie has a difficult task in reaching the final of the Lowther Stakes Sponsored By MSCM Limited at Nottingham on Monday.
The daughter of Tullymurry Act reached the semi-finals of the Category One prize after finishing second behind Move Over Evie in heat two of the opening round on Bank Holiday Monday with kennelmate Ashakiran back in fifth.
“Brinkleys Rosie has done well to qualify for the semi-finals but she is going to have to find a bit more to reach the final,” said Wallis.
“I thought Ashakiran would have gone well in the competition but when she was drawn out in trap five it was always going to be tough for her.”
Despite losing a number of his established stars to injury and retirement, a 10th trainers’ championship remains on course for Wallis with him more than 300 points clear of the chasing pack.