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

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.