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    Imperial Kennels Achieve Double Success in Cat One Arena Racing Company Cesarewitch Opening Heats
Imperial Kennels Achieve Double Success in Cat One Arena Racing Company Cesarewitch Opening Heats

Imperial Kennels Achieve Double Success in Cat One Arena Racing Company Cesarewitch Opening Heats

Mark Wallis, celebrating his 14th Trainer of the Year title, continued his success by securing a double victory for Imperial Kennels with littermates Garfiney Blaze and Ballymac Taylor in the opening heats of the Arena Racing Company Cesarewitch at Central Park on Saturday.

The Category One event, covering the new six-bend trip of 731m at the Kent track, saw Garfiney Blaze emerge as the fastest heat winner and set a new track record in an impressive performance during heat three. Making his UK debut for Wallis, the former Irish-trained star took an early lead, maintaining control throughout the race to finish two and a half lengths ahead of Bradys Bullet and Bubbly Inferno.

The winning time of 44.94 seconds (-20) established a new track record, surpassing Ela Maestro's time of 44.98 seconds (-20) in heat two. Ela Maestro, under the guidance of Chris Hamblin, dominated the race from start to finish, securing a length-and-a-half victory over Mad For Sterling and Bellmore Sally.

In heat one, Gutsy Jet, trained by Kevin Boon, claimed victory with a strong start that kept his rivals under pressure. Crossing the finish line a length and three-quarters ahead of Bubbly Scorcher and Alright Gordy, Gutsy Jet showcased his speed and stamina in 45.57 seconds.

Ballymac Taylor, a contender for the TV Trophy, continued Imperial Kennels' success by completing the littermate double in heat four. Mark Wallis, proving his prowess, guided Ballymac Taylor to victory, showcasing stamina and power to overcome kennel mate Jacktavern Magic. The final result saw Ballymac Taylor winning by two and a half lengths in front of Jacktavern Magic and Capel Rose.

Rob Killingbeck, Central Park racing manager, expressed delight at hosting the Arc Cesarewitch for the second year, highlighting the race's historical significance as one of the sport's original Classics. Mark Wallis' strong start at Central Park, following his Trainer of the Year title, positions him as a formidable contender, and the introduction of the 731m distance adds an exciting dimension to the competition. The event promises a thrilling mix of speed and stamina, making it challenging to predict the ultimate winner. With Saturday night racing gaining momentum, Central Park anticipates growing attendance throughout the year.

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