DOVER LIGHT was the first winner for the yard since the resumption of racing last Monday when belying his 33/1 starting price at Lingfield yesterday afternoon.
Since racing started back again at Newcastle, there there have been nine and ten race cards at two and then three meetings a day but Dover Light was only the yard’s fourth runner, so it was good to get off the mark fairly soon.
The 3yo son of Sir Prancealot was having only his sixth run and just his second in handicap company as he lined up one of twelve runners in the 0-60 handicap over a mile. Always prominent, the chestnut gelding was in the first four turning for home and half way down the straight he came on the outside and stayed on strongly to win close home by a neck under jockey, George Downing from the favourite Ten Chants and Berkshire Filly who dead-heated for second place.
Given that he went off at 33/1 was it a fluke? Well, the horse had run well at Lingfield in a maiden two starts ago and you know what they say about horses for courses!
Owned by K T Ivory and Mrs Valerie Hubbard, it was the former trainer’s first winner of 2020 and a welcome tonic as Ken was not too well earlier in the year. No doubt he’ll have been pleased at the 33/1 starting price!
It was a first win for the stable for jockey, George Downing, who has been riding out regularly at the yard and indeed it was his first winner of the year. Dean has been very impressed with George and he’ll be booking him for more rides during the coming weeks and months.
Of course it’s frustrating that Owners cannot currently go racing and every winner up and down the country is greeted with virtual silence but at least we’re racing and Dean is back among the winners!