LUCYMAI and Eljaddaaf completed a fine one-two for Dean Ivory at Kempton last night in the thirteen-runner 7f handicap.
The 5yo winning mare was completing her hat-trick following two impressive wins at Chelmsford and defied a wide draw (12) to beat her older stablemate under the yard’s apprentice, Jack Duern.
The daughter of Multiplex was held up in the rear but made good progress two furlongs from home and came with a strong run on the outside to beat her stablemate, Eljaddaaf by a length, going away.
They say to follow fillies and mares in form and there’s no doubt this was an impressive performance from an in-form mare who had gone up 10lbs and 6lbs for her last two wins. Relatively lightly raced with just sixteen races under her belt, she has an impressive strike rate, having won five times, all on the all-weather with three wins at Chelmsford and two at Kempton.
Eljaddaaf came into the race in form, having been second last time out at Kempton over six furlongs. He too went into the race, rated 87 and like Lucymai, has a good strike rate, having been successful in six of his previous 23 starts.
The shorter of the two Harper Lodge Farm horses in the betting at 6/1, Eljaddaaf was settled in the rear by Robert Winston but weaved his way through to come up the inside rail and grab the runner-up spot at the death. A very consistent sort who knows how to win, his turn should not be far away.
Harper Lodge Farm had a great end to the year with five wins in December and it has enjoyed a wonderful start to the new year with three wins, six seconds and two thirds from sixteen runs so far this month.
Oh and if you backed the forecast…the CSF paid £64.81!