Dobbins going for win number two
Husband and wife team Tony and Rose Dobbin scored their first winner as trainers at Market Rasen yesterday and Colour Clash can make it two in the Weatherbys Bloodstock Insurance Novices' Hurdle at Sedgefield tomorrow.
Tony Dobbin, from Downpatrick, won the 1997 Grand National on Lord Gyllene and retired from the saddle almost two years ago.
The Dobbins began training last year, using as their base a converted farm in Northumberland.
Colour Clash had one bumper start last term and was not disgraced in finishing third behind Roses and Sonowyouno, both of whom are winners since.
The seven-year-old was some 14 lengths adrift but he is entitled to improve for the experience and this looks a nice opportunity.
Mirage Dore, a 9-2 shot, did the business yesterday for the Dobbins in the TurfTV Betting Shop Service Beginners' Chase.
Rose Dobbin, a former leading amateur rider with a century of wins, said: “I was beginning to get excited as he was travelling so well. I'm delighted with that, and it's even better that it was one of my parents’ horses.
“We've had quite a few run well, but theirs have been a bit disappointing. The step up in trip helped this horse, but we've been struggling to find suitable races for him,” she added.
Mirage Dore, owned by Rose Dobbin's mother and father Sarah and Duncan Davidson, jumped to the front at the second-last fence and fairly sprinted away on the run-in to score by six lengths from Blue Shark.
Rose Dobbin added: “We have 28 horses in at the moment, all jumpers, and it is great that my first winner is for my parents — though dad didn't see the race as the TV went down!”
The Polomoche made hard work of winning on his fencing bow but should be smart enough to double up in Leicester's Dick Christian Novices' Chase tomorrow. Nicky Henderson's charge was sent off the 1-4 favourite to do the business at Fakenham last November, but he had to really battle to hold Teddy's Reflection by three-quarters of a length. Easy ground probably does not play to his strengths but The Polomoche is the pick of a small field and can shrug off that disadvantage.
Ingleby Arch can reverse recent form with Imprimis Tagula and take the glory in the Play Golf At Southwell Golf Club Handicap at the Nottinghamshire venue tomorrow.
Imprimis Tagula was a nine-length winner when the two clashed at the track last month but the pair will meet on vastly different terms this time.
David Barron's Ingleby Arch was stepping up to seven furlongs and conceding a stone to Imprimis Tagula on a Fibresand track that was riding unsuitably slow.
Ingleby Arch was being pushed along all the way up the straight that day and was comprehensively outpointed after narrowly failing to strike on his previous start.
The duo drop back to six furlongs this time.