Unibet Lanzarote Hurdle
|Grade 1, Kempton Park 14:40
2m 5f, Class 1
|Saturday 12th January 2019|
1 Big Time Dancer 16/1
2 Solomon Grey 12/1
3 Lord Napier 7/1
14 ran NR: Erick Le Rouge Distances: 1½l, 2l, 6l
Time: 5m 3.00s (slow by 8.00s)
Jonjo O’Neill junior celebrates biggest winner of career on Big Time Dancer
The 20-year-old Jonjo O’Neill junior spent most of last year on the sidelines with a back injury and continued to make up for lost time after triumphing in the Listed contest aboard the 16-1 shot.
Son of former champion jockey Jonjo O’Neill, the 5lb claimer bided his time before forging the Jennie Candlish-trained six-year-old on late in the two-mile-five-furlong contest, crossing the line a length and a half clear of Solomon Grey.
The winning rider said: “It is amazing, really, as you are dreaming of these sort of things when you are off for eight months on the sidelines. To ride a nice winner like this means everything.
“I was always confident on him. He travelled really well and jumped unbelievable and every position I put him in he answered my call straight away. He made it very easy for me.”
He added: “I’m trying to be my own self and I want to be a jockey. I take advice and he (O’Neill senior) is very supportive and a big help, but I am my own man – even though I’ve the same name I’m very much different!”
Connections of the 16-1 winner hinted a trip to Aintree could be on the agenda later in the season, should the ground be in his favour.
To ride a nice winner like this means everything
Assistant trainer Alan O’Keeffe said: “It is nice to get a big one like that. Jennie has done a great job with the horse. He has had a few problems, his wind was one.
“We’ve not had a lot of runners recently, as they want proper soft ground, but this one doesn’t. I just thought we rarely get a Lanzarote run on ground like that and he loves that ground.
“He got a great ride and this lad (O’Neill) is going places. It is great for the yard to come down here and get one like that.
“He will have a little break, but his future lies chasing. We won’t give him an overly-long break and we will look at Aintree.”
Unibet Lanzarote Hurdle (Listed Handicap)
£45,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 5f, Class 1
|Pos||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||Big Time Dancer (IRE) 16/1||Jonjo O'Neill Jr. (5)
|2nd||1½||Solomon Grey (FR) 12/1||Bridget Andrews
|3rd||2||Lord Napier (IRE) 7/1||Sean Bowen
|4th||6||Star Of Lanka (IRE) 9/1||G Sheehan
|5th||2||Darling Maltaix (FR) 10/1||Lorcan Williams (5)
|P F Nicholls||6|
|6th||1||Kloud Gate (FR) 7/2f||J E Moore
|G L Moore||7|
|7th||1½||Mellow Ben (IRE) 8/1||Tom Cannon
|8th||26||Cotswold Way (IRE) 9/1||M G Nolan
|P J Hobbs||6|
|9th||1||And The New (IRE) 12/1||D A Jacob
|10th||nk||Canyon City 16/1||Bryony Frost
|N B King||6|
|11th||2¼||Sleep Easy 20/1||Wayne Hutchinson
|N P Mulholland||7|
|12th||7||Milrow (IRE) 33/1||Sean Houlihan (3)
|Mrs S Leech||6|
|13th||s.h||Theatrebar 50/1||11-7||D Skelton||11|
|PU||Doux Pretender (FR) 8/1||Nico de Boinville
|N J Henderson||6|
|NR||Erick Le Rouge (FR)||Non Runner
|Mrs J Williams||5|