Leicestershire And Derbyshire Yeomanry Handicap Chase (Amateur Riders) 2m 4f 110y
- (5yo+, 2m 4f 110y, Class 5, 4 runners)
- Winner £3,120 2nd £968 3rd £484 4th £242
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 52.90s
- Off time: 15:50:26
Taffy Thomas 21
|10||166 11-12 t||P Bowen||Mr S P Bowen (7)||99||5/4f|
Cool Bob (IRE) 50
|11||161 11-7 ht||M Sheppard||Mr S Sheppard (7)||94||9/1|
Bally Lagan (IRE) 35
|6||146 10-6 pt||R Dickin||Toby Wheeler (7)||79||4/1|
Thedreamstillalive (IRE) 45
|14||142 10-2 t||J A B Old||Harry Bannister (5)||75||2/1|
Be My Deputy (IRE)
||8||12-5||R C Guest||Nico de Boinville||1/1|
Veteran THEDREAMSTILLALIVE only found one too good in a couple of starts over course and distance in January. He's been dropped a couple of pounds since and is probably worth risking against Taffy Thomas, who has to concede 22 lb including his rider's allowance but has been taking on much better company. He has won off higher marks but not since 2012. Cool Bob's fifth at Ludlow last time was his best run for a while and he's preferred to Bally Lagan of the others, though the latter was third over track and trip in December.
Thedreamstillalive (IRE) 9-2 (10-5) Prominent, not much room 1st, headed when blundered last, no extra flat, 2nd of 9, 10l behind Fitandproperjob (10-12) at Leicester 2m 4f cond hcp chs (5) sft in Jan.
Cool Bob (IRE) 50-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, reminder after 7th, headway and keeping on when left 4th 4 lout, ridden after 3 out, kept on same pace, lost 4th final 75 yards, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Rhum (11-0) at Ludlow 3m Am hcp ch 0-125 (3) hvy in Jan.
Bally Lagan (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, well beaten final 3f, 9th of 13, 20l behind Domtaline (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Taffy Thomas 7-2 (10-4) Close up in rear, blundered 6th, ridden when hit 4 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 13l behind Dashing George (11-5) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Feb.