Robin Dickin is aiming his revitalised stable stalwart Thomas Crapper at the 32Red Veterans’ Handicap Chase Final at Sandown early next month.
Any concerns Dickin had about Thomas Crapper staying three miles were finally dismissed when he followed up a win at Southwell over that trip by finishing second to Mendip Express at Sandown.
“He ate up every fence last time at Sandown and he was certainly not stopping – he was still doing plenty after the second-last,” said the Alcester trainer, mapping out a return to the Esher track on January 5.
“The aim now is the veterans’ final back at Sandown. It has been on the mind for a while. I was unsure about the three miles – but having seen him the last twice, it didn’t seem to be a problem.”
Dickin gives the credit for Thomas Crapper’s renaissance to his daughter.
“Sending him out hunting has really rejuvenated him, because it really excites him,” he said.
“It does seem to have put his mind back on track, and that is all down to my daughter.”