Unibet Lanzarote Hurdle
Grade 1, Kempton Park 14:40
£45,000 added,
4yo plus,
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

Big Time Dancer
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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
14 ran
Going: Good

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Big Time Dancer (IRE) 16/1 Jonjo O'Neill Jr. (5)
11-1
Jennie Candlish 6
2nd Solomon Grey (FR) 12/1 Bridget Andrews
11-7
D Skelton 7
3rd 2 Lord Napier (IRE) 7/1 Sean Bowen
11-6
P Bowen 6
4th 6 Star Of Lanka (IRE) 9/1 G Sheehan
11-6
W Greatrex 5
5th 2 Darling Maltaix (FR) 10/1 Lorcan Williams (5)
11-10
P F Nicholls 6
6th 1 Kloud Gate (FR) 7/2f J E Moore
11-3
G L Moore 7
7th Mellow Ben (IRE) 8/1 Tom Cannon
11-2
C Gordon 6
8th 26 Cotswold Way (IRE) 9/1 M G Nolan
11-7
P J Hobbs 6
9th 1 And The New (IRE) 12/1 D A Jacob
11-9
J Farrelly 8
10th nk Canyon City 16/1 Bryony Frost
11-9
N B King 6
11th Sleep Easy 20/1 Wayne Hutchinson
11-8
N P Mulholland 7
12th 7 Milrow (IRE) 33/1 Sean Houlihan (3)
11-0
Mrs S Leech 6
13th s.h Theatrebar 50/1 11-7 D Skelton 11
PU Doux Pretender (FR) 8/1 Nico de Boinville
11-10
N J Henderson 6
NR Erick Le Rouge (FR) Non Runner
11-10
Mrs J Williams 5