Conduct lights up a grey finale

Conduct and Seb Saunders, left, win the Betfred November Handicap at Doncaster

Conduct and Seb Saunders, left, win the Betfred November Handicap at Doncaster

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Conduct’s owners are looking forward to the 2014 season after the grey lit up a rainy final day of the turf season at Doncaster.

The six-year-old, carrying the colours of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, romped through the testing conditions to trounce his rivals in the Betfred November Handicap.

Conduct (8-1) has been plagued with leg problems but showed he has plenty of ability when striding five lengths clear of Rio’s Rosanna under Seb Sanders to cap a fine season for William Haggas.

Highclere’s managing director Harry Herbert said: “We are looking forward to next season with him. I’m sure he will give his owners a lot of fun.

“William was very bullish and I know that Sir Michael (Stoute), who trained him in his early career, thought this horse was a Group performer.

“We thought about retiring him and when he had the leg for the third time, we brought him back to Highclere to find him a home.

“Ed Dunlop told me Snow Fairy returned as good as ever after a similar injury and we sent him to a guy in Ireland and it’s been a remarkable journey ever since.

“To win this having been prepared to pension him off is unbelievable .”

Haggas said: “He’s been very fragile, loves soft ground and has been waiting for this step up in trip.”

Jack Dexter (100-30 favourite) defied a 6lb penalty in style to record a third course win in the Betfred Goals Galore Wentworth Stakes.

Jim Goldie’s progressive sprinter was struggling to get a clear run but once he saw daylight he lengthened for Graham Lee to lead 100 yards out and defeat Highland Colori by three-quarters of a length.