Cobblers Dream won an eventful race for the Coral Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle at Kempton.
Jack Quinlan’s mount had been at the forefront of matters since the flag dropped and, after a false start, it turned out to be the best place to be as there was drama on the second flight.
Ch’tibello fell, knocking over the favorite Green Book and severely hampering another imagined runner, Marie’s Rock.
Unaware of what had happened to the two market leaders, up front it was Cobblers Dream and Highway One O Two, trained by Ben Case, who led the way.
Very few entered the race and there was no change in the penultimate flight where Quinta Do Mar fell as it faded out of contention.
Cobblers Dream (10-1) continued to gallop to take the big prize from Highway One O Two (25-1), with Call Me Lord (33-1) third and Gelino Bello (6-1) fourth.
Case said: “He’s just been getting better all the time. To be fair, the horse has always been easy since we’ve got him. The step up in travel has helped him and he seems to be getting better all the time, which is great.
“We thought we’d lose some good weight today after his last race and when they announced the prize money was going to go up I thought this was the right place to come.”
“I was a little worried on the ground. It’s not too bad today. They were pretty quick at the beginning and then they slowed it down and I think the top two were the top two all the way through, so they probably didn’t make much headway.” at a gallop, and have sped away from the penultimate. But he is a good horse.
“I think there’s a little bit more to come from him, hopefully.”
Betfair gave the winner a 25-1 quote for the Coral Cup, with Case adding: “He seems to be a suitable horse and I’m not sure where we go from here. We’ll see what the handicap does. We might drag.” on something in Cheltenham, I don’t know.
“Any way you look at it, he’s had a good season and I think he’s going to jump the fences quite happily, so he’s going to do it next year.”
“It was a difficult decision for Jack (Andrews) to go to Wetherby. He had a whole book of rides there and he will regret it, but Jack Quinlan has ridden it too and knew the horse. So it was difficult for Jack
“It’s nice to have a big winner on Saturday and Lady Jane Grosvenor has been very supportive and had some really good horses and this one looks like another too.”