Wallis Proves Superior In Devonport Chase

SUPERIOR Wallis continued his meteoric rise with a decisive victory in Friday afternoon's Group 3 Ladbrokes Devonport Chase Final (452m).

Brennan Ryan

27 November 2021

IN-form sprinter Superior Wallis continued his remarkable form with a decisive victory in Friday’s Group 3 Ladbrokes Devonport Chase Final (452m).

The Nicole Howard-trained son of Barcia Bale and Superior Zoe took the measure of top-level opposition at his first attempt, powering away in the straight to score by 5-1/2 lengths from Ferdinand Boy with Siberia running on into third.

Superior Wallis started the $3.40 second elect from box one and missed the kick before showing great acceleration to drive along the rail, assuming the lead coming off the back straight before putting a bold winning break on the field.

Claiming the $25,000 winner’s cheque, Superior Wallis registered a slick time of 25.44 by winning the final, taking his overall career record up to 16 wins with 18 minor placings from 47 starts with $57,025 in prizemoney.

“I’m really proud of Superior Wallis with that performance, we went into the race knowing he had the ability,” trainer Nicole Howard said.

“It was a matter of the box draw and coming up with box one the dog couldn’t afford mistakes.

“The dog has progressed well coming up through the grades, he certainly has plenty of ability and a huge motor match.”

Victory in the Group 3 Ladbrokes Devonport Chase gave Melbourne-based owner Jodie Wynd and family their biggest success in greyhound racing and this result was the first time connections had sent dogs interstate.

Richmond-based trainer Nicole Howard was extremely grateful to Superior Wallis’ Victorian trainer David Condon for the opportunity to prepare the black chaser and other members of the “Superior” owned dogs for Jodie Wynd.

“David (Condon) contacted me asking if I would be interested in training Superior Wallis with the option of bringing him back for the Healesville Cup but he decided to keep the dog here and I couldn’t be more grateful,” Nicole stated.

Superior Wallis will be aimed towards the upcoming Group 1 Ladbrokes Hobart Thousand heats on December 9, set to contest the Barry Heawood Hobart Thousand Prelude (461m) in Hobart this Thursday night.

Drawn box three in the event, Superior Wallis comes up against Devonport Chase runner-up Ferdinand Boy (box 4) and Fernando Mick (box 2) both prepared by trainer David Geall who claimed his second Melbourne Cup with Koblenz on Friday night.