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  • 15:15 Sky Bet Chase 3m 6y

  • (Listed Handicap) (Formerly The Great Yorkshire Chase) £80,000 added 5yo+ 15 ran
  • Winner £45,560 2nd £17,096 3rd £8,560 4th £4,264
  • Going: Good (Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 3.24s
  • Off time: 15:15:32

Ziga Boy wins Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster for Alan King

Last Updated: 30/01/16 5:08pm

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Ziga Boy stuck on well to win the Sky Bet Chase

Ziga Boy stuck on well to win the Sky Bet Chase

Ziga Boy made almost every yard under Brendan Powell to land the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster which was run in a downpour.

The grey had been handed a hefty rise in the weights for winning over course and distance on his previous start but a step up in class ensured that he was only carrying 10 stone.

The lightweight certainly helped in a contest that was run in testing conditions but the French import had to dig really deep to see off a succession of challengers.

The lightly raced Coologue stalked him for much of the last mile but could never really get close enough to land a challenge in the straight while Pass The Hat and Buywise both made ground from off the pace without getting to the eventual winner.

Coologue stayed on well enough to claim second from perennial bridesmaid Buywise. The race sponsors extended their each-way terms to cover fourth place and that spot was filled by Pass The Hat.

Ziga Boy was returned at 8/1 and provided trainer Alan King with a double on the card at Town Moor but the seven-year-old was also the Barbury Castle handler's fifth winner of the day after a treble on the card at Cheltenham.

Speaking from Cheltenham, King said: "It's marvellous and Brendan has given him a hell of a ride.

"The ground is the key to this horse. Although it's pouring now, Doncaster missed the rain all week. He's progressive.

"He did exactly the same in a lesser race there last time out. He went up 15lb which he needed to get in this.

"The Scottish National could be for him as good ground is best for him and he likes to ping off."

Powell said: "I got a great buzz out of that.

"There was loads of pace. I was quick out of the gates. Thankfully he had enough early pace to get a good position.

"I kept thinking we were doing a bit too much, but I told myself we had bottom weight and the way he won round here last time he'd have gained plenty of confidence from that. He saw it out well.

"He was so tough down that four-furlong straight in rain, sleet and wind.

"It's great to get a big winner."

The Crabbie's Grand National could now be on the agenda according to Dan Downie, racing manager for Ziga Boy's owners Axom.,

"You'd have to start thinking of Aintree after that," he said.

"He's won off 132 and will go up hopefully enough to get him in. He'll certainly like the better ground. Alan has always liked him but it just wasn't happening.

"After he had a hard race in the West Wales National at Ffos Las he lost a bit of interest. Something just clicked ran he ran here last time and the same tactics have worked again.

"The day Alan is having, he was a certainty!"

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