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14:20 Doncaster

Steel City Foundation Conditional Jockeys' Veterans' Handicap Chase (Class 3)

  • 5 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 7f 214y
  • Going: Good to Soft (Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £12,200 added
  • Winner: £7,018
  • 2nd: £2,061
  • 3rd: £1,030
  • 4th: £515
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 6m 32.10s
  • Off Time: 14:20:19
  • 5 Ran
1
Silk - Yellow, black hoops, striped sleeves, red cap
  • Form 3U3P5-1
  • Age 11
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 121

tracked leading pair, 2nd before 13th, led, 2 out, ridden and hit last, idled and joined run-in, shaken up to assert towards finish

2
Silk - Emerald Green, Yellow hoop, White sleeves, Black cap

Al Co (FR)

106 DCD
14/1
  • Form 56P-1P4
  • Age 14
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 115

chased leader until before 13th, weakened soon after, behind when jinked left and unseated rider 5 out

3
Silk - Yellow, Light Blue chevron, striped sleeves and cap
13/8
  • Form 2352-31
  • Age 10
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 113

led, went clear 11th, reduced lead and pushed along before 4 out, not fluent next, narrowly headed 2 out, rallied to press idling winner run-in, no extra towards finish

4
Silk - Mauve, Purple stars, quartered cap
  • Form 49383-6
  • Age 11
  • Weight 11-1
  • Official Rating 110

held up in 4th place, pushed along and outpaced before 12th, mistake and lost 3rd next, ridden and weakened soon after

5
Silk - Dark blue, maroon spots, dark blue cap
  • Form 8/1423-4
  • Age 12
  • Weight 10-10
  • Official Rating 105

held up last, headway tracking leaders 12th, ridden and went 3rd at 13th, kept on same pace, no chance with 1st 2

In depth

Verdict

Chase The Wind belied big odds at Huntingdon for a first victory since 2016 and should be competitive despite a 6lb higher mark but HORATIO HORNBLOWER may have been slightly better opposition under Chester Williams at Ffos Las and can double up. Al Co is rising 15 and having a first run since August but is still capable, though may need faster going nowadays. Purcell's Bridge is preferred to Cusheen Bridge of the others.

Formwatch

Horatio Hornblower (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, led before 3 out, soon ridden, left with clear advantage last, driven out, won at Ffos Las 3m hcp (4) sft in Nov beating Frankly Speaking (11-4) by 8l, 9 ran.

Al Co (FR) 9-1 (12-4) Chased leaders, jumped left throughout, disputed 2nd from 12th, hampered 6 out, soon weakened, tailed off from 4 out, remote 4th, last of 4, dist behind Kings Temptation (11-12) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp (4) gf in Aug.

Chase The Wind (IRE) 20-1 (12-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 8th, led 2 out, clear flat, stayed on, won at Huntingdon 3m hcp (4) gd in Oct beating Almost Gold (11-13) by 2 3/4l, 11 ran.

Cusheen Bridge (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Led 2nd, headed 4th, mistake 12th, not fluent and struggling 4 out, weakened after 3 out, 6th of 7, dist behind Hes No Trouble (12-0) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in Nov.

Purcell's Bridge (FR) 22-1 (11-6) Held up up in touch, chased leaders after 4th, lost place when mistake 5 out, soon lost touch, left remote 4th next, tailed off, 4th of 8, dist behind Knockoura (11-8) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Nov.