LOTHARIO broke his duck tonight at Kempton in fine fashion when running out a smooth winner by one and three quarter lengths in a mile handicap under Martin Dwyer.
The five-year-old son of Dark Angel has always had ability but he has had his problems and didn’t make his racecourse debut until the age of four at Windsor last June. Purchased for £150,000 as a yearling, this beautifully bred grey by sprinter Dark Angel out of a Sadler’s Wells mare, showed his ability when second over course and distance back in November, beaten just half a length.
Lothario unfortunately didn’t go on from then although he didn’t run badly when fifth from a wide draw last time out at Kempton. The form of the race worked out well when stablemate Badenscoth who was fourth, won at Wolverhampton yesterday.
Tonight, Lothario was better drawn in three and he was always travelling well under the 2006 Derby-winning jockey. Racing in mid-division, he made an effort two furlongs from home and switched to the inner, he made his move a furlong out, led inside the distance and won comfortably from Baashiq turning around course and distance form on the runner-up.
Lothario will have gained plenty of confidence from today’s victory and he will hopefully go on to win more races and translate some more of that natural ability onto the racecourse.
Congratulation to winning owners, Michael and Heather Yarrow who have been very patient with this horse. They have been great supporters of the yard and will have derived much pleasure from this win.
The yard had been quiet for a few weeks after a blistering start to the year. However, Badenscoth resumed winning ways for himself and Harper Lodge Farm yesterday and it was great to follow that up with Lothario tonight.