LOTHARIO and Badenscoth (pictured) both won at Chelmsford last night to give the yard its third double of the year, at combined odds of just over 18/1.
The six-year-old grey, Lothario, winner at Kempton three starts ago, had run creditably in his last two outings when third back at Kempton and at Wolverhampton but he was backed into 5/2 favourite in an 11-runner mile handicap under Robert Winston.
It paid to be handy and the first three home were prominent throughout but it was the stable runner who came up the inside, went ahead inside the final furlong and won willingly by three-quarter of a length from Zodiakos. Congratulations to owners, Michael and Heather Yarrow.
The double was completed by Badenscoth, who was given a very intelligent and canny ride by Robert Winston in a 1m2f handicap. There was little pace early on which would not have suited the 5yo son of Foxwedge, so his jockey took him into the front after a furlong. The favourite, Global Art was rushed to take over affairs after four furlongs but Badenscoth sat behind and took it up again a furlong from home, running on to win by 1 3/4 lengths from the jolly.
This was the third win of the year for Badenscoth and his fifth in total in just 22 career starts, a rather good wins to runs strike rate of nearly 23% for his owner and breeder, Peter Skinner.
Harper Lodge Farm nearly completed a Chelmsford treble after 25/1 shot, Dors Law came with a rare late rattle to come second in another 10 furlong handicap, under 7lb claimer, Sophie Ralston. It was a fast diminishing head at the line behind the winner, Muraaqeb.
The yard send out four runners last night and it was nearly a glorious start for the stable as nine-times all-weather winner, Tangramm, sent off at 50/1 for just his third turf start,at Sandown, came second in another 1m2f handicap, under Ryan Tate, beaten 3/4 length.
One could say it was rather a good day at the office!