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ECC TIMBER OAKS - BELLE VUE 470m (£15,000)

Domino Storm trained by Mark Wallis landed the 2015 ECC Timber Oaks in emphatic fashion in the £15,000 to-the-winner decider. Wallis landed the 2014 Oaks with Cashen Maureen and became only the fourth trainer in history to win this fantastic competition two years running. First run in 1927 Stanley Biss, Jack Harvey and most recently Phil Rees Snr in 1963/64 where the only ones to pull off this magnificent feat before last night. It took a long time for Mark Wallis to land his first Oaks but in 2016 he will be chasing the treble only previously ever achieved once before by Biss all the way back in 1946,47 and 48. 


The lids sprung open and the Manchester crowd knew instantly that something special was unfolding before their eyes when Domino Storm flew from the boxes. She is classy and once she turned in front the writing was very much on the wall. There was no way the Derby Plate Champion was about to surrender her lead and she kept up a relentless gallop all the way to the line. Domino Storm crossed the line to loud cheers 3 and 1/4 lengths in front of her kennel companion Evanta Evita in a very fast 27.59. It was a very impressive one-two for team Wallis who are finishing the year strongly. 


Domino Storm will rightly grab the headlines and the plaudits but a special mention should be given to Evanta Evita, who made the final for the second year in succession; she ran with huge credit from a tricky draw. Likewise this year's third, Bromwich Sue, finished runner-up last year and it was an outstanding achievement to reach a second successive final. Tyrur Caroline could only manage fourth on the night but she played a starring role in this year's competition. Fifth and sixth Roxholme Hottie and Newinn This Way will most definitely have better days in the future. The 2015 ECC Timber Oaks has been some competition and one that will live long in the memory. Sensational sponsorship by PJ Fahy and everyone connected at ECC Timber deserve big praise along with the staff at Belle Vue.


Mark Wallis on Domino Storm 


“After all these years of trying to win the Oaks it is fantastic to win it back-to-back. I'm so pleased for her owners and everyone at the kennel. Ron Mills must also get some credit for the work he's been doing working with Domino Storm and runner-up Evanta Evita. Both of these bitches have been superb all year long. Domino Storm is really in top form and she was brilliant in the semi-final and again in the final. When she breaks like that she is very tough to beat. While she is in this sort of form we will head to Hove and have a go at the Olympic. A huge thank you to PJ Fahy and everyone connected at ECC Timber for this brilliant sponsorship”.




Millwards Whitey played a starring role on this spectacular night winning the Category Two ECC Timber Laurels, worth £6,000 to-the-winner. He raced through the competition unbeaten and put in a big display here with a trap-to-line winning performance stopping the clock in 27.87. This was incredibly his fifth final and fourteenth win from just twenty-four starts. Connections will be excited about the 2016 Derby and on this evidence he will be a major player. 


It was a night of big performances Elwick Glory and Whittle Eagle rattled the 590m track-record of 35.03 with huge winning performances of 35.08 and 35.10 respectively. Elwick Glory won the exact same race last year at this meeting and she is a real star over this course and distance. Kim Billingham after enjoying the success of Whittle Eagle made it an impressive double when Chaotic Lynda scored in 27.89.


One of the performances of the evening came from Tyrur Supermac, owned by PJ Fahy and trained by Charlie Lister OBE. He was majestic when romping to a 7 and 3/4 length victory in an amazing 27.35. That's under two lengths off the track-record and he will be a major player in whatever competitions he enters next.


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