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RPGTV Oaks - Belle Vue 470M - £10,000

MARK WALLIS’ attempt at emulating the great Stan Biss by training the winner of the Oaks on three consecutive years is on track after he steered four through to Thursday’s second round at Belle Vue.

One of the quartet is Domino Storm, last year’s winner who will be retiring to the breeding paddocks after this 470-metre competition sponsored by RPGTV.

The legendary Biss created history when between 1946 and 1948 (inclusive) he trained the winner of the Oaks - Dumbles Maid (1946), Rio Crepetta (1947) and Night Breeze (1948). He clearly had a talent with female greyhounds because in total he was responsible for seven winners of the event.

As for Wallis, he coached Cashen Maureen to victory in 2014 and, as previous mentioned, Domino Storm brought up the second leg when storming to a three and a quarter lengths victory over Evanta Evita, her kennel mate, 12 months ago.

The Queen of Wallis’ Imperial Kennels, Domino Storm bounced back to form in the first round last week to end an uncharacteristic run of four defeats. She looked as good as ever when hacking up by eight lengths.

The other members of Team Wallis are Airforce Duchess, Ballymac Shirley and Mashmad Eyebrows.

The second round of the RPGTV Oaks is on Thursday. Here’s what might happen.

Heat One

Huarache Finn and Huarache Madison are set to give Kevin Hutton a one-two from traps six and one respectively. They both ran well during the first round and preference is for Huarache Finn, who might get first run as the only wide seed. Huarache Madison, fourth in the final of the William Hill St Leger, will be doing her better work in the latter stages. Sporting Melody, odds-on when behind Huarache Finn at the first round stage, and Droopys Bouchard was beaten a long way but performed well in the first round.

The Draw

1 Huarache Madison

2 Droopys Bouchard

3 Sporting Melody

4 Mustang Chick

5 Harper Belle (m)

6 Huarache Finn (w)

 

Heat Two

A repeat of her quick start in the first round ought to put Domino Storm in an unassailable position from the opening bend. There is so much to enjoy about watching a greyhound of such high class bowling along at the head of the field. She should win and it is expected that Barnagrane Glen will finish second.

The Draw

1 Mill Ontario

2 Cu Sith Alsh

3 Domino Storm

4 Barnagrane Glen (m)

5 Corrin Honey (w)

6 Droopys Jester (w)

Heat Three

This could develop into a thrilling tussle between Forest Twilight and Office Flirt. It was great to see Forest Twilight seeming getting back to her best after a protracted period with the physio and she will attempt to make all. Office Flirt was one of the quicker of last week’s first round winners and she will make Hayley Keightley’s dog pull out all the stops if she is to prevail. Swift Glow, trained, like Office Flirt by Kevin Hutton, is another to consider.

The Draw 

1 Droopys Costa

2 Forest Twilight

3 Faypoint Lisa

4 Office Flirt (m)

5 Cream Ofthe Crop (w)

6 Swift Glow (w)

Heat Four

Greenhill Gem has hit a smashing run of form which may well continue in this competitive qualifier. The winner of the Angel of the North Oaks final at Newcastle last month is trapping well and will make a bold bid for an all-the-way victory. Ballymac Galtee is also in cracking form and must be considered. Ballinakil Biddy is capable of considerably better than she showed in the first round.

The Draw

1 Ballymac Galtee

2 Ballinakil Biddy

3 Ballymac Deirdre

4 Greenhill Gem (m)

5 Aghaburren Pippa (w)

6 Airforce Duchess (w)

Heat Five

Lazy Leg gave Ireland a win in the heats and the John McGee-trained runner merits serious consideration to score again. Droopys Two has bundles of ability but doesn’t always get it right. Bubbly Madeva is better drawn in trap two than the trap four she occupied in the first round and Quivers Camps has plenty of foot. Glenhill Di showed cracking early before tiring last time and Fairly Sweet has a terrific strike rate. It’s wide open.

The Draw

1 Fairly Sweet

2 Bubbly Madeva

3 Quivers Camps

4 Glenhill Di (m)

5 Lazy Leg (w)

6 Droopys Two (w)

 

Heat Six

Ballymac Shirely, trained by Mark Wallis, toughed it out to defeat Swift Glow at the first round stage and looks the one they must beat in another competitive heat. Mashmad Eyebrows showed good early and will make her kennel mate go, whilst Steely Charm is talented, knows every nook and cranny of Belle Vue and must enter calculations.

The Draw

1 Mashmad Eyebrows

2 Steely Charm

3 Droopys Ring

4 Efceelady (m)

5 Ballymac Shirley (m)

6 Forest Vanessa (w)

 

THE RPGTV OAKS FIRST ROUND – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 2016

Heat One

A smooth victory for Huarache Finn was recorded when she picked up early leader Mashmad Eyebrows to score by three lengths in 27.68sec (normal). Sporting Melody, the odds-on favourite, crowded slightly with Wicky Rachel at the first bend but ran on well for second. Mashmad Eyebrows kept on to take third.

Heat Two

Harper Belle started at 10-1 but always looked in command. The bitch brought down from Scotland by Jim “Scotchie” Brown trapped quickly, flattened slightly between the second and third bends, and accelerated late on to beat Ireland’s Faypoint Lisa by two and a half lengths in 27.78sec (normal). Droopys Jester, who challenged for the lead at halfway, was third.

Heat Three

Ballymac Shirley justified favouritism but not before giving those that backed her some cause for concern. Having taken over from early leader Nanny Brien at the third bend, supporters of Mark Wallis’ bitch were entitled to think she would go on to win with something to spare. But, in the end, she was flat-out to hold a challenge from Swift Glow and to prevail by a short-head in 27.89sec (normal). Quivers Camps was third.

Heat Four

Outsider Glenhill Di provided plenty of early pace and took them along from the outset. Mustang Chick had broken well but failed to match the initial speed shown by the leader. The pair raced ahead of the pack along the far side. Glenhill Di began to tire off the last turn, at which point Mustang Chick moved smoothly in to the lead. Airforce Duchess, the favourite, stayed on for second, ahead of Glenhill Di. The winning time was 27.81sec (normal) and the distances were two and quarter lengths and a neck.

Heat Five

Defending champion Domino Storm brought a four-race losing sequence to an end in emphatic fashion with a runaway eight-length success. Mark Wallis’ bitch broke well and was so strong as she pulled further and further clear of her rivals to stop the clock at 27.65sec (normal). Steely Charm was held up a couple of times during the race but eventually got passed Fairly Sweet to take second place. The latter held on to third.

Heat Six

Forest Twilight won her first race following a protracted enforced spell on the side lines with a textbook display of front-running. The Hayley Keightley-trained runner looks like she can come on for the outing as she held the fast-finish Huarache Madison by two lengths. The latter was fourth in the St Leger final and stayed on strongly in what was her first run over four bends since arriving in the UK. Droopys Two was third.

Heat Seven

Barnagrane Glen converted a first bend lead into a three and three-quarter lengths winning margin in 27.80sec. The Chris Allsopp-trained Monmore top-heater broke well and capitalised on crowding amongst those on her inside to take it up at the turn. Drumcrow Bee had been second for most of the trip but she failed to see it out and was relegated to last as Forest Vanessa and Bubbly Madeva raced through to take second and third.

Heat Eight

Lazy Leg, one of two runners brought over from Ireland by John McGee, outlasted the favourite Droopys Costa by a head in 27.98sec (normal). The latter was slightly crowded between Sallybog Jo Jo and Slaheny Kate on the way to the first bend as Lazy Leg enjoyed a clearer run on the outside. The Irish runner went on but was all out in the end to hold the challenge from Dean Childs’ runner.

Heat Nine

Ballymac Galtee was very quickly away and put this to bed before the first turn. The odds-on favourite won by a shade over two lengths in 27.86sec (normal). The winner was impressive but then so was the second, Droopys Bouchard. She was crowded at the first bend and must have been six to eight lengths drift at one point before running on to reduce the deficit quite dramatically in the closing stages. Droopys Ring was third.

Heat Ten

Greenhill Gem took her unbeaten run to four with a smart all-the-way success in 27.79sec (normal). Trainer Carol Weatherall has been getting a fine tune out of this daughter of dual purpose sire Central City and this was typical of her current form. She broke well and stayed on to win by three lengths from Mill Ontario. The latter was slowly away but benefitted from a smooth run around the first and second bends to become the leader’s closest pursuer entering the back straight. Corrin Honey was third.

Heat Eleven

Office Flirt took it up from early leader Shaneboy Nora approaching the penultimate turn and then kept on well to defeat the odds-on favourite Ballinakil Biddy by three lengths in a slick 27.65sec (normal). The runner-up had been moderately away but gradually worked her way into contention, although she never threatened the winner. Cream Ofthe Crop was a further two lengths behind in third.

Heat Twelve

Ballymac Deirdre, the odds-on favourite, led early on but was unable to shake-off Aghaburren Pippa. The latter turned second to Barrie Draper’s dog and eventually got by her on the run-in to score by a shade under two lengths in 27.66sec (normal). Cu Sith Alsh got around the first bend in third place and stayed there throughout to secure a place in the trap draw for the second round.