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Coral Olympic - Hove 515m - £7,500

 

BRUISERS BULLET landed champion trainer Mark Wallis his first Coral Olympic title with an ultimately easy success in the £7,500 feature on the Sussex coast on Thursday - and will now be aimed at all the Classics in 2018.

 

“It’s a shame in many ways there’s nothing really for him in the next few weeks, because he’s flying now and back to his best,” said Wallis, adding: “What had been a good year for him, especially given his time off the track, has become a great year for him now.

 

“He’s only had 17 races, and has competed at the highest level pretty much from the start. He’s competed against the best, ran well in the Derby, finished third in the Eclipse, second in the Shootout and has now won the Olympic. I’m delighted for the owners, but especially the dog himself.”

 

Owned by Billy Boyle and Steve Potter, Bruisers Bullet was landing another major win for Boyle at Hove given his Droopys Start and Billys Bullet won competitions at the Coral venue, the latter landing a memorable ‘comeback’ win in the Regency.

 

“Billy and Steve are great supporters of the kennel, so I’m thrilled for them,” continued Wallis. “They travel to watch their dogs run, and both were pretty confident coming into the Olympic that Bruisers would do well. He’s not disappointed them.

 

“It’s always nice to win an event for the first time. I suppose over the years we’ve not targeted it as such given the time of the year, and the fact it was Category Two not long ago, but it’s one of the big competitions now and certainly came at the right time for Bruisers Bullet.”

 

Able to turn handy off the second bend despite crowding in the dash to the turn as Wildfire Lord paced up inside, the May 2015 son of Droopys Cain and Clover Bride repeated his semi-final defeat of King Turbo by hitting the front after halfway.

 

Drawing quickly clear, the Derby semi-finalist crossed the line five and a half lengths of Liz McNair’s King Turbo in 29.90sec (-30), the latter coming through a troubled path at the third bend to claim second ahead of kennelmate King Kid.

 

“It was a great performance and puts him in the mix for the Standard distance category at the GBGB Awards,” added Wallis, who will consider events such as the Arc and the Scottish Derby for Bruisers Bullet depending on the scheduling of events in 2018.

 

“We’ve also got [Irish Derby finalist] Black Farren coming into the kennel next week, and hopefully we can get one or two more top four-benders to target the Derbys. Towcester is number one, of course, and he certainly did himself proud there this year.

 

“He was unlucky in the semis, but returned on Derby final night - and that was a special night when you think of the winners then - look at the results! He was unlucky after Towcester with injuries, and remember was off then until the Eclipse.

 

“All through that time, however, the owners were very patient and we can look forward now. It’s an interesting time, and we will see how the new schedules pan out. I’m just delighted that some of the promoters are now beginning to address the prize-money issue. There’s more to do.”

 

Hove results: www.gbgb.org.uk/resultsMeeting.aspx?id=155284