A very decent-sized crowd flocked through the gates of Doncaster Racecourse on Saturday afternoon to see three of the country’s top tribute acts in addition to seven Flat races, and it was Irish jockey Fran Berry who was most successful with a double.
His first winner came in the opening race, a handicap over seven furlongs. Red Paladin blew the start completely and was a good twelve lengths off the lead at the halfway stage, before coming with a wet sail down the far side to reel back Imaginary World in the shadow of the post.
His second winner came in the feature race, a seven-furlong handicap, in which the well-backed favourite Shebebi ran out a ready winner for trainer Mark Johnston.
The colt had won a very competitive handicap at Haydock earlier on in the season, and the application of first time blinkers certainly worked a treat.
Trainer James Fanshawe and jockey Freddie Tylicki extended their fantastic run of winners as Shwaiman routed an in-form field in the mile-six handicap by seven lengths.
Tylicki was fresh from riding a treble at Newmarket on Friday night and Fanshawe, after the weekend, has had seven winners from his last eleven runners.
The sprint handicap at 4.15 went to Doctor Parkes, ridden by JP Guillambert.
This horse had run just a week ago at Ascot at their Shergar Cup meeting, and was ridden by internationally-renowned jockey Gary Stevens.
His mount battled really well to win at odds of 16/1.
The maiden races at Doncaster have a strong history of producing good horses, and Mutatis Mutandis created a good impression in making all in the mile fillies’ maiden for Tom McLaughlin and Ed Walker.
Mukhabarat won the other maiden race for jockey Ahmed Ajtebi, who boasts an impressive strike rate at the track.
We have saved some ground on the round course in preparation for the four-day Ladbrokes St Leger Festival which is less than three weeks away.
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