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Dancing Jeremy

Dancing Jeremy was impressive in winning the two-and-a-half-mile beginners’ chase at Cork last Saturday. Held up early on by Bryan Cooper along the inside, he was a little keen through the early stages of the race, but his jumping was good for one so inexperienced, and he travelled really well into the home straight. He was only about ninth as they turned for home, but he wasn’t far off the lead in a well-stacked-up field. He made his ground along the inside in the home straight, and he was travelling well enough to engineer racing room for himself on the run to the second last fence. He jumped that fence in a share of the lead, and he came away from his rivals from that point. He jumped the last well, and he stayed on well up the run-in to come away from his rivals and win easily from Thedancingfarrier, a winner over hurdles at Cork a month earlier.

it was a fine training performance by trainer Tom Cooper, aided by pre-training by Derek O’Connor, to get Dancing Jeremy back in this form, 414 days since he was last seen on the track. Second in a handicap hurdle at Galway in October 2020 for John Ryan, this was his first run for Cooper, and it was just his third chase, but it was a career-best performance. The handicapper gave him a chase mark of 110 after this, and that is a mark that should be well within range. He has only just turned seven, he has the potential to progress now, and he will be of big interest in a handicap chase now off that mark.
Cork, 8th January 2022