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COBBLERS DREAM: Lanzarote winner to be entered into Grade 1 territory for Aintree meeting, trainer says

Festival second Cobblers Dream could be set for a tilt at the top level at Aintree next month



Cobblers Dream ridden by Jack Quinlan after winning the Coral Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle (Listed) (GBB Race) at Kempton Park Racecourse, Surrey. Picture date: Saturday January 15, 2022.

Lanzarote Hurdle victor and recent Martin Piper runner-up Cobblers Dream could have earned himself a spot in Grade 1 company ahead of next month’s Grand National Festival, his handler Ben Case has confirmed.

The 6-year-old has only had seven outings under rules but has been a huge improver since December, winning at Doncaster before landing the aforementioned valuable handicap at Kempton Park next time out.

He then finished a creditable second in the Cheltenham Festival finale and sights are now set on entering deeper waters for the spring.


“He ran another good race. He’s really had a good season,” Case told At The Races.

“He’s travelling through his races well, so he’s not giving himself a hard time. He’ll probably have one more run and that will be it for the season.

“His options are to either go to Aintree or Punchestown, so it will be one or the other. We haven’t made a decision on that yet.

2F7PP23 Horse Racing - Grand National Festival - Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, Britain - April 9, 2021 Tronador ridden by J W Kennedy wins the 1:45 Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Pool via REUTERS/Scott Heppell
Aintree’s Grand National Festival kickstarts on Thursday 7th April

“I may even stick an entry in the novice at Aintree. He’s more likely to run in one of the handicaps, I would think, but sometimes those novices cut up at this time of year.

“It might not happen, but it will be worth having a look at. It’s a good position to be in.”

The Edgcote chief also stated that his son of Yeats will start next season in the novice chasing department after being pleased with his work at home.

Yeats, the sire of Cobblers Dream, was a four-time Ascot Gold Cup winner

“I’ve already schooled him over fences and he’s been very good, so I don’t see any reason not to and if it doesn’t work out, we can come back over hurdles.”

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.