His Dream finally gave owner Richard Evans something to celebrate on the New Year’s Eve card at Warwick his company have sponsored for the past four years after landing the LPS Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.
Evans, who set up race sponsor Local Parking Security Limited, saw his silks carried to glory after the Jonjo O’Neill-trained 8-1 shout bounced back to winning ways with a decisive four-and-a-half-length success under the trainer’s son, Jonjo junior.
The winning owner said: “We’ve sponsored this card for four years. He won at Stratford and then he ran well at Worcester and then he went off the boil in his last few races.
“All the family are here today and I’m over the moon. Our first winner was at Stratford on Jonjo’s and my wife’s birthdays, and now we have had a winner on New Year’s Eve in a race we’ve sponsored.
“It’s a dream come true and the best moment we’ve ever had.”
Alan King has his sights set on a trip to the Grand National Festival at Aintree with Nobby after the four-year-old defied a 7lb penalty to record a facile eight-length success in the Local Parking Security Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.
King said of the 100-30 winner: “It is always difficult for a horse with a penalty so we are delighted with him. That has put hurdling on hold this season, but he jumps great.
“We will probably look at stepping him up in grade and whether that means waiting for Aintree I don’t know.
“Aintree would suit him. I’m not a great fan of the Cheltenham race (Champion Bumper).”
Nico De Boinville made it 50 winners for the season when steering the Nicky Henderson-trained Yellow Dockets to victory in the British Stallion Studs EBF Mares’ “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle.
De Boinville said: “She is a lovely mare – she is not the easiest and the lad that rides her at home does a fantastic job with her. She will handle most ground, so we are going the right way.”
On his half-century, he added: “It’s nice to get to, but I’m not chasing numbers. It’s about getting the right horses to win on the right days.”
Trainer Sam Drinkwater ended his long wait for a winner as Top Decision (6-1) came good at the eighth time of asking in the Local Parking Security Novices’ Handicap Hurdle.
Drinkwater said: “To be honest they have been running well and I’ve been happy with all my horses. I’ve given this lad plenty of time and I could have been harder on him.
“Stepping him up in trip has helped and he won’t be running over anything less than two and a half (miles) as he looks like a proper galloper.”
Venetia Williams is set to turn Commodore (6-1) out quickly after he gained his first victory in Britain with front-running success in the Local Parking Security Handicap Chase.
Williams said: “I’m so pleased for Caroline Watson and Sarah Graham (owners). They have been very patient.
“He was not quite getting home after hurdles. We always thought he would be a better chaser, but until it happens you are not so sure.
“I don’t think his improvement is down to the wind op. It will be nice if there is a race Thursday or Friday next week for him.”