Smiler Jack leads a Dons 1-2 in Romford final
Mark Wallis: Mountjoy Orion a winner on Romford support cardPICTURE: STEVE NASH
He made full use of red to hold his position and accelerate into the lead out of the second bend, holding fast-starting Stellars Blue by over four lengths in a fast 35.28sec.
With Stellars Blue handled by GTA chairman candidate John Simpson, it was a Wimbledon 1-2.
Derby-winning trainer Mark Wallis had success towards the end of the card with Mountjoy Orion (7-2), who got first run on favourite Westmead Melanie after flying out. Westmead Melanie ran on well after first bend trouble to be beaten just over a length in 35.66sec
However, Wallis’s Aero Joker, 1-2 hotpot in the finale and also over 575, could only manage third after a bunched affair. Despite getting to the front, she was involved in fifth bend trouble that saw Boxie slip clear to win in 35.50sec
**Harry Williams’ Mr Monkey went off a 1-2 chance in a Sunderland trial stakes for the Williamhill.com Puppy Plate (event starts next Saturday) and raced clear for a comfortable three lengths victory in a fastest of the night 27.37sec. He looks promising in what was only his second race in Britain after winning at Dundalk back in March on his only race in Ireland.
**Skywalker Puma (5-4F) landed the final of the Red Mills Champion Juvenile at Kilkenny, storming through to an easy win in 28.90sec for Frances O’Donnell.
Paul Hennessy’s Priceless Pilot (2-1J) again took off late to land the supporting A3 final, the James Tynan Memorial in 29.17sec.