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Dog Racing: Mark Wallis has a night of mixed fortune; LAST NIGHT'S REPORTS.

Byline: Tony Bullen

MARK WALLIS has a strong grip on Saturday's Ocean Trailers Puppy Stakes final, but the plan didn't come together as punters would have expected with But-terbridge Ali making a shock exit from the opening semi final at Walthamstow last night, writes Tony Bullen.

The withdrawal of kennelmate Killer Keane appeared to make things much easier, but following a moderate exit, Butterbridge Ali failed to secure a clear passage round the opening turns and turned last of the five runners.

Up front, lightly raced Lock-wood Littljo had stolen a lead and his tight railing saw him hold onto the advantage by three-quarters of a length from Siesta Romeo in 29.15sec.

Wallis enjoyed mixed fortunes in the second semi final too, with his other hotpot Directors Choice also biting the dust. An average exit saw him in trouble early, and he couldn't get back on level terms. However, take nothing away from recent Champagne Club syndicate purchase Bubbly Magic, who cut loose from the pack early to stride clear of Lively Arthur for a near four-length success in 28.87sec.

Centaur Decree had seemed on his way to winning his first round heat in bold fashion in the no-race last week, and showed what might have been by joining his kennel comrades in the decider by landing the third semi final in decisive style.

Soon in command out wide, Centaur Decree bound clear of his rivals to account for the staying on Bonville Buster by three lengths in a fastest of the night 28.70sec.

Trap draw for Saturday's final.

1. Lockwood Littljo

2. Bonville Buster

3. Lively Arthur

4. Siesta Romeo (m)

5. Bubbly Magic(m)
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 25, 2007
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