Stinging forecast for Wallis in Coral TV Trophy showpiece....
BUMBLEBEE BULLET was a shock but fully-deserved winner of the Coral TV Trophy over 925m at Romford on Friday as the 14-1 chance led home a one-two for Mark Wallis to blow the Trainer of the Year race wide open, writes Jonathan Kay of the Racing Post..
The script for the £10,000 contest was ripped up from the off as Burgess Honey pinged the lids to lead while heavily-supported odds-on favourite Riverside Honey was left flat-footed at the start having made all when setting a track record in the heats seven days earlier.
Soon prominent, Bumblebee Bullet went past Burgess Honey at the second bend and quickly pulled clear with some general bunching in behind doing her pursuers no favours.
With just under two laps to go, it was clear she had a tidy advantage and even checking at the pick-up on the final circuit could not stop her claiming the famous title.
Kennelmate Aayamza Breeze was the final challenger off the last bend but Bumblebee Bullet was not to be denied and toughed it out by a neck in 59.26sec with Riverside Honey, who ran a blinder in the circumstances, the same distance back in third.
Defending champion Savana Winner was fourth after failing to find racing room on a number of occasions.
Wallis picks up 70 points in the Trainer of the Year standings added and, following his Champion Stakes victory at the same track last week plus a double on the supporting card, has now closed down the lead of former assistant Patrick Janssens to around 60 points as he bids for an eighth straight title.
Ante-post favourite Badminton Donal impressed in the Coral Romford Puppy Cup heats over 400m as he clocked the fastest time in the opener.
Kevin Hutton's dog was soon in control and came home three and a half lengths to the good of Faydas Jet in clocking 23.71sec.
Droopys Carat, who had beaten Badminton Donal in a warm-up and was rated his closest outright rival, had to settle for second behind Heather Dimmock's Make No Apologie (23.96sec) in heat four.
June Harvey's Billies Tea confirmed debut promise when winning heat three in 23.93sec, Jim Daly's Blue Tick George ran down long-time leader Lagile Sky to take heat two in 24.11sec, 2018-winning trainer Phil Simmonds scored with Vancouver Mike (24.19sec) in heat five, while Paul Young's Young Princess landed a 3-1 into 5-4 gamble when taking the finale in 24.24sec.
Jason Heath's Westmeath Pearl was deposed as favourite for a 400m maiden final but proved the market wrong when winning in 24.13sec with heavily-supported Ballymoney Limit never a factor.
SPARTA MASTER produced a stunning run to take heat five of the opening round of the Coral Essex Vase over 575m at Romford on Friday, writes Paul Brown of the Racing Post.....
Sharon Thompson's dog bounced out from trap four and simply put his rivals to the sword as he won without seeing a rival in a new track record of 34.59sec, taking three spots off the mark set by Quantum Leap in August. The in-form Henlow winner had five and a half lengths to spare over Ballymac Osby.
Roxholme Jim again put his early speed to decisive effect to take the final eliminator and underline why he is ante-post favourite.
Uneasy in the market, he initially looked in trouble after King Lennon broke quickly from trap five. However, Hayley Keightley's dog paced up to the opening bend and brushed his rival aside. He duly stretched away and, although again coming back to his field in the closing stages, won comfortably by more than three lengths in 34.92sec
Other heat winners were King Dylan (35.11sec), Alien Sea (35.27sec), Desperado Dan (35.23sec) and Burgess Paradise (35.30sec)
Friday’s semis (the £10,000 final is Friday December 6)
1st semi 1 PERRYS CHOICE Michelle Brown (Hnlow) 2 ROXHOLME JIM Hayley Keightley (Donc) 3 BALLYMAC OSBY Kevin Hutton (Monm) 4 MAKEIT GERTCHA Frank Gray (Hnlow) 5 SHOTGUN BULLET (m) Derek Knight (Hove) 6 KING CASH (w) Elizabeth McNair (CPark)
2nd semi 1 SAVANA DARE Jason Bloomfield (Hnlow) 2 BALLYMAC DIEGO Kevin Hutton (Monm) 3 DROOPYS AOIFE Ernest Gaskin (Unatt) 4 DESPERADO DAN Patrick Janssens (CPark) 5 SPARTA MASTER (m) Sharon Thompson (Hnlow) 6 BURGESS PARADISE (w) Daniel Riordan (Hnlow)
3rd semi 1 JELLY FLOOD David Mullins 2 KING DYLAN Elizabeth McNair (CPark) 3 NEWINN CRACKER Ernest Gaskin (Unatt) 4 ALIEN SEA (m) Mark Wallis (Hnlow) 5 KING LENNON (m) Elizabeth McNair (CPark) 6 SAVANA ME DADDY (w) Frank Gray (Hnlow)
PERRYS CHOICE sprang a 12-1 surprise but deserved success in the opening semi-final of the Coral Essex Vase at Romford on Friday, writes Paul Brown of the Racing Post......
Michelle Brown's dog pinged out from trap one and then fended off ante-post favourite Roxholme Jim as Hayley Keightley's dog showed his familiar early pace. However, he was unable to get past the leader and went out of the competition as his stamina ran out in the closing stages.
Perrys Choice was certainly not stopping, though, and crossed the line in 34.96sec for the 575m, easily his quickest effort over the six-bend trip.
There was also a turn-up in the second semi, with Ernie Gaskin’s 8-1 shot Droopys Aoife fending off new record-holder Sparta Master by the minimum distance in 35.25sec.
Liz McNair landed a one-two in the final eliminator with King Lennon (9-4) accounting for litter-brother King Dylan (5-4F) by nearly five lengths in 34.99sec, although backers of the beaten favourite will wonder what might have been as he was all but clear at the opening bend when tangling with Newinn Cracker.
Next Friday’s draws
Race 9 20.38 400m Flat (OR) ROMFORD FRIDAY NIGHT 500 STANDARD FINAL 1st £500
1 BUBBLY CAIN Paul Young 2 WALK ON THOMAS (M) Philip Simmonds 3 VANCOUVER MIKE (M) Philip Simmonds 4 HAVE A BRANDY (M) Mark Wallis (Hnlow) 5 SIGNATURE CALLUM (W) Michelle Brown (Hnlow) 6 BUBBLY SPARK (W) Paul Young