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    25 February 2024

    Dovecote’s Lump Sum Offer Too Tempting

    Lump Sum Shines at Coral Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle

    Doncaster’s Lump Sum showcased top form alongside Fiercely Proud, a promising contender in Sam Thomas’ stable, capturing victory in the prestigious Coral Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle at Kempton.

    In an impressive Grade Two display, they paid tribute to Nicky Henderson’s Jeriko Du Reponet, who previously outperformed them on Town Moor en route to securing a spot at Cheltenham.

    The 13-8 favorite Lump Sum, guided by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies, initiated the race from behind as Fiercely Proud vied for the lead under Ben Jones’s guidance. As they turned for home and faced Panjari head-on, it was Lump Sum who surged ahead to clinch victory with a comfortable four-and-a-half-length margin.

    Reflecting on the triumph, trainer Sam Thomas expressed his delight at seeing Lump Sum continue their winning momentum from Doncaster. Looking ahead, while not entered in the Cheltenham Festival’s Grade One novice events, Lump Sum holds potential entries in both the County Hurdle and Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle at Prestbury Park.

    Potential Future Plans for Lump Sum

    Aintree remains an option later this season for Lump Sum; however, a definitive goal is set for Ffos Las where owner Dai Walters aims to conquer the Welsh Champion Hurdle – fulfilling a long-standing aspiration.

    Thomas emphasized strategic decision-making regarding future race selections: “We left him out of the novices (at Cheltenham) because of how competitive it is. He could still be well handicapped or consider Aintree – all subject to discussions with Mr. Walters.”

    Kempton Specialist Blow Your Wad Prevails

    Kempton specialist Blow Your Wad thwarted Paul Nicholls’ quest for a fourth consecutive win in the Coral Pendil Novices’ Chase with a resounding performance under jockey Stan Sheppard.

    Fitted with first-time cheekpieces and returning to flat track conditions after disappointment at Cheltenham last time out; Blow Your Wad secured victory over Tahmuras by three-quarters of a length as he justified favoritism at 13-8 odds.

    Prospects Ahead for Blow Your Wad

    Jockey Sheppard outlined potential racing directions post-victory: “Right-handed tracks like here would suit him best – perhaps Sandown next. With room for improvement as he matures further this summer.”

    In Summary:

    • Lump Sum impresses with Coral Dovecote Novices’ success alongside Fiercely Proud under Sam Thomas’ tutelage.
    • Promising options await including races like Aintree and potentially targeting Welsh Champion Hurdle.
    • Blow Your Wad reigns supreme defeating rivals led by Paul Nicholls in stellar fashion.
    • Bright prospects lie ahead post-triumph focusing on right-handed tracks suitable for further development.

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