We travelled to Towcester on Friday evening with Drive On Tipp and Lenson Blinder our remaining English Derby hopefuls following the earlier withdrawal of Slippy Cian (coughing).
Drive On Tipp took his place in Heat 2 and took his qualifying spot with a good performance in behind the early leader, Whoops Jack. Navigating his way round the opening turn avoiding major bumping he moved into second place entering the third bend. Keeping on well he closed the leader down on the run in but eventually went down by two and a half lengths in 29.36.
Heat 3 saw Lenson Blinder looking to grab a qualifying spot for the Third Round but despite being in a reasonable position, when turning third, he couldn’t capitalise on this. Finding crowding and being baulked round the final turns he unfortunately bows out tonight but will come back a better dog for the experience.
We’ll have the draw for the Third Round as soon as it is available, keep checking our Twitter and Facebook pages for the latest updates.