Definitly Red pleased connections in a racecourse gallop after racing at Doncaster on Saturday.
Brian Ellison’s Gold Cup hope was ridden in the mile-and-a-half exercise by Brian Hughes, because the 10-year-old’s regular partner Danny Cook was in action at Cheltenham.
Definitly Red worked with an Ellison-trained bumper horse, trotting down to the mile-and-a-half start to begin the work.
“Brian rode him about two years ago and said he was a different horse. He pulled all the way round,” said Ellison.
“We were to have gone to Sedgefield earlier in the week. But there was frost about, and racing there had been in doubt.
“We were going to go to Sedgefield tomorrow (Sunday) or Monday. But I asked Doncaster, and they said OK, and Phil (Martin, owner) lives in Doncaster.
“We’ll take him to Wetherby on the 19th of next month for another bit of work.”
Ellison has already stated Definitly Red will not run again en route to the Cheltenham Festival, having twice won in Grade Two company before Christmas.