O’Neill doubles up at Ludlow

News of the action from Ludlow where the promising I'dliketheoption was the first of two winners for Jonjo O'Neill.

Jonjo O'Neill saddled a double at Ludlow

I'dliketheoption won the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Chase at Ludlow like a horse with a decent future for Jonjo O'Neill.

Twice a winner over hurdles he looks built for the bigger obstacles and seemed set to win here earlier in the month when tipping up four out.

With Barry Geraghty in the plate for the first time, the JP McManus-owned five-year-old was dropped out early on before pouncing late to beat Nicky Henderson's Nicolas Chauvin by two lengths as the 5/2 favourite.

She's Late (4/1) gave O'Neill a double in the Amateur Jockeys' Association Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase (For The Court Of Hill Challenge Cup) ridden by his son, Jonjo junior.

Brian Ellison's Dominada (5/6 favourite) had no trouble landing the odds in the Easibake Foods Handicap Hurdle under Megan Carberry.

Having won a conditional jockeys' race at Carlisle he was 15lb 'well in' and cruised through the contest, adopting more patient tactics than he had done in the past.

Wherever he goes next he will be carrying a lot more weight, however.

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"He's always schooled brilliantly at home but when he was running over hurdles before he jumped terrible," said Ellison.

"We'd get him back home, school him again and he'd still jump poor. It looks like he's getting the hang of it, finally, and he was impressive today.

"Normally he makes the running, but with two other front-runners in I told Megan to take her time and it was pleasing to see he didn't mind that.

"He's in at Kelso on Saturday but won't run there. The owner asked me straight away 'where next' but we'll see how he is first."

Peter Bowen has his horses in good form and obviously believes in striking while the iron is hot, as his Forever My Friend (7/1) had only won at Ffos Las on Saturday but that did not prevent him from following up in the EPDS Racing Partnerships Supporting Racing Welfare Handicap Chase.

The return to a decent surface helped him jump for fun at the head of affairs and defy a penalty in the hands of amateur James King, keeping nicely out of trouble as there was a whole host of fallers in the straight.

"He jumped very well," King said. "He's a talented horse when he's able to dictate like that and he gets his ground."

Alan King has been known as a leading handler of juveniles for a long time now and his Inn The Bull was another to win on his hurdling debut in the Racing UK Winter Season Ticket Juvenile Hurdle.

A seven-furlong winner on the Flat, he never progressed in that sphere but showed a decent turn of foot under Wayne Hutchinson to win by a length and three-quarters. He is still likely to head to the sales.

Atlanta Ablaze landed some decent bets in the Thoroughbred Breeders Association Mares' Novices' Hurdle. Having opened at 9/1 she returned 6-1 in the hands of Jake Greenall for trainer Henry Daly.

The closing Ludlow Golf Club Novices' Hurdle went the way of New Member (13/2) for trainer Tom Lacey and Gold Cup-winning rider Nico de Boinville.

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