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Coral Essex Vase - Romford 575m - £10,000

The Coral Essex Vase Semi-Finals

First Semi-Final

Roswell Romanov tightened his grip on the competition with another sizzling performance. Mark Wallis’ early-pacer again recorded the fastest of the round with a smart start that enabled him to take an early lead which, despite the unwanted attention from Alfies Diamond on the run-in, he held right to the wire. He recorded 35.16sec (normal) when defeating Alfies Diamond by a head. Later the stewards disqualified Alfies Diamond for aggressively interfering with Roswell Romanov on the run-in.

Second Semi-Final

John Mullins had the odds on favourite Peregrine Falcon in the race but it was his 8-1 chance Oakfield Caesar who was to produce the star turn. The son of Kinloch Brae trapped quickly and was soon in command as Peregrine Falcon tracked closer to the inside rail in second place and Johns Present, who also broke quickly, sat just behind in third. That order was maintained throughout and Oakfield Caesar kept-up a strong gallop to win by two lengths in 35.68sec (normal). Peregrine Falcon was always well placed but was unable to make much of an impression on the leader. The first two go through to the final.

Third Semi-Final

Bubbly Torpedo clocked the quickest sectional of all three semi-finals when trapping like a scalded cat to lead the field into the opening bend. As a consequence, the son of Razldazl George was always in a commanding position as he made all to come home six lengths ahead of Rio San Marino in 35.28sec (normal). The latter ran on well after being hampered at the first turn and relegated to last place.

 

The Coral Essex Vase Final – Live on Sky Sports 5

 

JUST five runners go to the traps for the final of the Coral Essex Vase (575m) at Romford on Wednesday but the smaller field is unlikely to detract from what has the potential to be a fabulous final.

The disqualification of Alfies Diamond for interfering with Roswell Romanov in the latter stages of the first semi-final on Friday means that trap four is vacant in the £10,000 Category One decider.

Mark Wallis’ Roswell Romanov will start the warm favourite after two impressive displays in the preliminaries and a favourable draw in trap one in the final, which is the feature of a live broadcast from the London Road track on Sky Sports 5.

He is Wallis’ only finalist in a competition that the Towcester trainer has farmed over the last decade or so. In fact, Wallis is bidding to land the six-bend event for the fifth time in 11 years.

Roswell Romanov has been the quickest at the first round and semi-final stage and if hitting the front early on he will be an extremely tough nut to crack but not impossible, given the quality of the quartet in opposition.

Bubbly Torpedo is definitely one that could upset the Wallis applecart. Paul Young’s dog broke well – he was the fastest of the 18 semi-final runners – and made all to win comfortably by six lengths from Rio San Marino. A repeat of that would push Roswell Romanov all the way.

A quick start will be crucial to Bubbly Tornado’s chance as he has the threat of a challenge for the early advantage from Oatfield Storm, who has more than a touch of early pace.

That was a point not lost on those that watched him defeat Peregrine Falcon, his kennel mate, by two lengths at the semi-final stage, when registering a comfortable success.

The aforementioned Peregrine Falcon was drawn in trap one last time and the dual Derby finalist is a better trapper when closer to the middle. The allocation of trap two in the final looks more favourable and a decent start could see this classy performer playing a leading role.

Rio San Marino was easily beaten by Bubbly Torpedo in last week’s semi-finals but there was a lot to like about the way the Danny Riordan-trained runner recovered from a first bend setback during that race. He needs things to go his way but he is no forlorn hope.

The Coral Essex Vase Final

 1 Roswell Romanov

2 Peregrine Falcon

3 Rio San Marino

4 Vacant

5 Bubbly Torpedo (m)

6 Oakfield Caesar (w)