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Betfred Select Stakes - Nottingham 500M (£7,500)

THE pocket-rocket that is Domino Storm blew her rivals away with a textbook display of front-running to land the £7,500 Betfred Select Stakes over 500 metres at Nottingham.

In winning Britain’s richest one-off event, the diminutive 24-kilo black demonstrated the genius of her trainer, the seven times champion, Mark Wallis, who conjured from her a run so faultless in its execution her rivals didn’t stand a chance.

Wallis knew he had to pull something big out of the bag on hearing that draw. Trap four was far from ideal against such a hugely talented field. A quick break was needed, and boy did Domino Storm respond!

With a nine-week break from racing under her belt, Domino Storm just couldn’t wait to get on with it. A slick start saw her almost two lengths clear of Droopys Buick (trap three), her closest pursuer, at the sectional and it was to prove a lead she would preserve thought.

Droopys Buick, by moving across to the inside soon after the start, scuppered the chance of Eden The Kid (trap two) and compromised the space available to Making Paper (trap one) but maintained second place into the first turn.

Domino Storm kept ahead along the far side but she looked a little vulnerable around the third and fourth bends when a game and determined Droopys Buick got to within three-parts of a length of her.

The threat, however, soon diminished and straightening up for home, Domino Storm pulled away to win by two lengths from Droopys Buick, with Making Paper in third. The winning time was 29.34sec.

Lenson Sanchez (trap five), the Irish raider, failed to figure after a slow start and finished fourth ahead of Hot Pipe (trap six), the Scottish Derby winner, whilst Eden The Kid was unable to recover from that early setback and trailed the field.

Domino Storm, third in the Select Stakes last year, was following in the footsteps of her brother Swift Hoffman, who had won the event 12 months ago. She also became the eighth bitch to win the event after successes from Sliverview Perky, Cleenas Lady, Roxholme Girl, Dairyland Sue, Tory Mor, Acombs Dot and Geddys Empress.

For Wallis the win was surprisingly the first in prestigious one-off, the history of which stretches back to the early Fifties.

The Betfred Select Stayers (730 metres) was the highlight of the undercard and it went to Borna Mindy, trained by Diane Henry.

The risk taken by Hayley Keightley in bringing the marathon superstar Roxholme Magic back in trip didn’t come off. She who went into the race having won six of her last seven races but was, as expected, slowly away and then became embroiled in a barging match with Fabulous Landing. She ran on well and was beaten only two lengths by the winner.

Borna Mindy had her fair share of bother too but moved clear close home to defeat Muskerry Dalo by three parts of a length in 44.77sec.


Mark Wallis (Domino Storm): “She is an absolute pleasure to train. The rest after the Derby did her the world of good and she has come back bouncing. This was a brilliant field and she had to do everything right. Once she came away I knew it would take something special from one of the others to overhaul her. To be honest I think she is the best bitch I’ve seen in over thirty years in greyhound racing. The Lowther Stakes at Towcester is her next big race.”