Despite sending out three winners, a second and a third from five runners, John Mullins reckons the Coral Coronation Stakes is at the mercy of the dog who he believes should have received a Greyhound of the Year nomination – Murrys Act.

Kevin Boon’s runner clocked the fastest time of the night with a stunning front running performance. He doesn’t break as often as his trainer might like, but when he does. . . .

Mullins said: “How on earth is there a vote whereby Murrys Act doesn’t get a nomination? I am not saying he would win Greyhound of the Year – that is absolutely nailed on for King Elvis – but just look at how Kevin’s dog performed throughout the entire year. That should be a key factor in my opinion.

“He was hugely impressive at Romford last night. Derek Knight’s dog (Shotgun Bullet) – was the other one who really caught my eye. Those are the two to beat.

“I was delighted with my dogs too for all sorts of reasons. I thought Mandate and Desperado ran exceptionally well and Caesar produced the sort of performance that we have come to expect from him. Droopys Who did well to hold off Roswell Romanov for a qualifying place, and it is good to see My Mate Max still running well, despite being well turned four.

“As for the best of them? I’ll stick by what I said to Ron Abrey a couple of weeks ago and go with Mandate.”

All footage courtesy of GreyhoundsNow2

ROMEO MANDATE wins heat 1 of the Coronation Cup. Photo: © Steve Nash

SHOTGUN BULLET turns for home on his way to an impressive heat win 35.14. Photo: © Steve Nash

BOYLESPORTS DUKE (t6) gets up to win Coronation Cup from My Mate Max (t2). Photo: © Steve Nash

OAKFIELD CAESAR sets a hot pace from King Eden (6) Photo: © Steve Nash

Romeo Desperado (t2) gets home in a tight finish from Shaneboy Freddie (t3) Photo: © Steve Nash