Mark Wallis admits it will be nice for the pressure to be off him in the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket final next week, writes Alex Moss.
The Lakenheath handler has two entries in the final of the prestigious Category One race, being shown live on Sky Sports, at Crayford Stadium on Tuesday night.
Wallis created history in the event last year when Patchys Kerry (2/5 favourite) became the first ever ante-post favourite to win the Golden Jacket.
This year though, Wallis’ hopes of glory rest on Rubys Razzle and Ferryforth Fran, with the duo currently enlisted as the second and fifth favourites, by the race sponsors Ladbrokes, respectively.
“We’re not the favourite this year,” he said. “Last year Patchys Kerry was something like 1/3 to win, which brings pressure on you as a trainer.
“This year I’m going to kick back and enjoy it. It’s probably the best Golden Jacket I’ve ever seen.
“It’s going to be a great race and it’s good to be involved in it again.”
The Golden Jacket was first run at Harringay in 1975 and has been held at its current venue in Crayford since 1987.
The eight-bend 714m trip at Crayford marks the first Category One final of the year, with the winner taking home £17,500.
Sean Hennessy’s Jaytee Patriot is the 6/4 favourite, while Wallis’ runners are lower down in the betting, with Rubys Razzle at 5/2 and Ferryforth Fran at 14/1.
Boylesports Star (11/4), Jimbobjoe (8/1) and Romany Rouge (16/1) complete the line-up for the final.