Snapper all the rage after smart Wimbledon spin.
WITH no betting available yet f o r t h e B e t f a i r Tr a i n e r s ' Championship showdown on March 22, it was instead the outright Derby market that saw plenty of activity yesterday after Blonde Snapper flew round at Wimbledon's trial session.
The Mark Wallis-trained ace, without a competitive start since contesting the William Hill Puppy Derby final in August, and off the track since last autumn after sustaining an injury in an Irish trial, stopped the clock at a fastest-ofthe-session 28.47sec for the 480m Classic course.
Patrick Janssens, head man to Wallis, said trackside: "He's only had three trials back prior to this - two sprints and a 400m spin at Romford. He looked fantastic today, and served a timely reminder of his ability."
Trading at a readily-available 40-1 for the William Hill Derby just after his trial, the price was hanging by a thread last night as punters got word of the time. And the quality of the trial - on normal going - was underlined by comparison to the respectable efforts of Paul Young's recent topclass big-money intakes Bubbly Razldazl (28.71sec) and Droopys Sid (28.72sec) at the same session.
Janssens added: "Blonde Snapper has a top-class card - he was runner-up to Blue Artisan in the Gymcrack and made puppy finals at Sunderland and Wimbledon. He beat Rayvinn Giovanni in the semis here [28.45sec] and to see him back to that form is a real bonus. He looks sound after his trial too."
TheWallis kennel also had the second quickest triallist over the standard trip - albeit with a dog who will contest one of the 687m legs next week in Blonde Fletch, who clocked a fast 28.67sec.
"He's been a revalation since we stepped him up to a full six bends," said Janssens. "He looks like a different dog over a distance."
The six-bend races could well prove vital come the big night and, while Chris Allsopp has been rightly credited with a strong hand through Head Iton Jason and Ten Dollars More, Charlie Lister's team emerged as real contenders after impressive workouts from Droopys Alma and Lonely Boy.
Having watched the pair record fast 41.81sec and 41.93sec times respectively in first sightings of the Plough Lane circuit, assistant t r a i n e r I a n Sutherland said: "Droopys Alma has always been fast, but she can struggle a bit when she gets too many dogs around her.
"If she can get a clear run early then she will be hard to contain.We've found it hard to get races for her - they've not been filling - so she's very fresh.
"Lonely Boy has only just stepped up in trip, and seems to be enjoying it - he's got fair early too [16.36sec]. I was pleased with Rayvin Neasa as well [28.83sec], he's running Wimbledon well."
Team Lister also looks to have unearthed a live runner for the two-bend contest after Romeo Daddy Cool - a recent 16.10sec scorer over 280m at Sheffield - proved fastest of those sent round Wimbledon's 273m course in a smart 16.07sec. Fifis Rocket (16.12sec) and Little Sensation (16.13sec) also look set for the sprint leg for trainers Chris Allsopp and Pat Rosney, while the same kennels were also well represented respectively by Brittons Empire (28.85sec) and Ballymac Well (28.79sec) over the 480m standard.
Trainers have until noon on Monday to nominate their squads, which will then be finalised later in the week
Blonde Snapper was the star turn at Wimbledon's trial session yesterday