Doncaster set for biggest jumps weekend of season

Night In Milan ridden by James Reveley jumps the last fence to win The William Hill Grimthorpe Chase  at Doncaster last March - he may be back at Town Moor for the big race, the  Sky Bet Chase this Saturday.  Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire
Night In Milan ridden by James Reveley jumps the last fence to win The William Hill Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster last March - he may be back at Town Moor for the big race, the Sky Bet Chase this Saturday. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire
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Doncaster’s principal meeting over jumps, the two-day Sky Bet Chase meeting is this Friday and Saturday.

It features the most valuable race of the jumping season on Town Moor – The Sky Bet Chase on Saturday – which offers prize money of £75,000.

The big race is complemented by a trio of Grade 2 races on Saturday afternoon, along with a valuable handicap chase making the amount of prize money on offer during the day of almost £200,000.

The Sky Bet Chase is a handicap and listed race over three miles and was first held at Doncaster in 1948 as The Great Yorkshire Chase.

A quality turnout is expected for Saturday’s renewal, including potential Cheltenham Festival and Grand National contenders.

Possible runners include Easter Day, If In Doubt, Mon Parrain, Medermit, Hadrian’s Approach and Night In Milan. The latter (trained near Saltburn by Keith Reveley and ridden by his son, James) won the Grimthorpe Chase last season at Doncaster.

Saturday’s seven-race card starts at 12.25 and the three Grade 2 races are The OLBG.com Doncaster Mares’ Hurdle (a £36,500 contest over the extended two miles), The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (a £27,500 race for staying hurdlers over the extended three miles historically known as the River Don Novices’ Hurdle) and The Lightning Novices’ Chase (a contest over the extended two miles with prize money of £30,500).

The £19,000 TRM-Excellence In Equine Nutrition Handicap Chase over the extended two miles is also featured on Saturday; the opening race is The Sky Bet Tracker Home Of Cash Out Handicap Hurdle, while the afternoon’s concluding race is a contest on the Flat for fillies and mares about to begin their careers over Jumps, and supported by both Park Hill Hospital Doncaster and The European Breeders’ Fund.

Sky Bet is backing this meeting for the 13th year and support all seven races on Friday when racing starts at 12.35.

After racing on Saturday, there’s live music for all racegoers on the ground floor of the Lazarus Stand, while the giant screen, situated opposite the main stands will enable racegoers to see all of the action. A shuttle bus service will be in operation from the railway station.

* Thursday’s selections -

CHELSMFORD: 4.40 Virtual Reality, 5.10 Oratorio’s Joy, 5.40 Secret Asset, 6.10 Clearing, 6.40 Applejack Lad, 7.10 MAJEYDA (NAP), 7.40 Adili.

SOUTHWELL: 1.40 Come Uppence, 2.10 Incomparable, 2.40 Captain Future, 3.10 Turning Times, 3.40 Queen Of Skies, 4.10 Salford Dream.

FAKENHAM: 1.30 Rathlin Rose, 2.00 Running Wolf, 2.30 Itoldyou, 3.00 Twentytwo’s Taken, 3.30 Moneymix,. 4.00 Nellie The Elegant.

WARWICK: 1.50 Arabian Revolution, 2.20 No Through Road, 2.50 The Tourard Man, 3.20 Morello Royale, 3.50 Temple Grandin, 4.20 Bettatogether.

DOUBLE: Majeyda and Twentytwo’s Taken.