LUCYMAI followed on from where she left off in 2017 with a win at Chelmsford yesterday to give the perfect New Year’s present for Dean Ivory.
The 5yo daughter of Multiplex was one of five stable runners yesterday, the first in 2018 and she made a winning reappearance under stable apprentice, Jack Duern.
Lucymai finished last year with an easy four and a half lengths victory in a 7f handicap at Chelmsford. Despite a 10lb rise, she won over course and distance by one and a half lengths from stablemate, Firmdecisions. Jack Duern gave the mare a good ride, chasing the leaders, going second four out before taking it up inside the distance to win comfortably.
This was the fourth career win from just 15 starts for Lucymai, who won on her debut as a 2yo at 50/1! She clearly loves Chelmsford as three of those victories have been at the Essex track.
Firmdecisions is a 7f specialist and he bounced back to form under Robert Winston to finish a fine second and was simply beaten on the day by a better horse.
Bobby Vee was Harper Lodge Farm’s first runner of the year and she appeared to have an impossible draw on the wide outside at Wolverhampton. Drawn ten of ten in a 6f handicap, Jack Duern bounced the filly out to get a position and soon led. Headed inside the final furlong, the 4yo chestnut filly stayed on well to be a clear third at 14/1.
All-weather horse of the year for 2016, Tangramm, like Lucymai, finished 2017 in winning form but yesterday didn’t enjoy the run of the race off a slow pace but the five-times course winner still finished second, beaten just a length under Charles Bishop.
Congratulations to yesterday’s winning owner, Roger Beadle and to jockey Jack Duern who enjoyed a winner and a third from two rides.