Bielsa makes light of Doncaster gloom

Ryan gelding bounces back from Portland disappointment.

  • Friday 25 October
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Torrential rain and heavy ground at Doncaster did little to dampen the dominance of Bielsa, who cruised to a convincing victory in the £20,000 Vertem Leading The Field Handicap.

Kevin Ryan’s gelding seemed to relish the deep ground, travelling well throughout to find himself a ready two-and-a-quarter-length winner on the line.

The victory for the 5-1 favourite was something of a comeback for the four-year-old, who disappointed when finishing 15th as market leader in the Portland Handicap on Town Moor in September.

“He travelled well, he had his ears pricked the whole way,” said jockey Kevin Stott.

“He loved the ground. He picked up that little bit when I wanted him to and he did it well. He did it easily, to be honest.

“He’s tough, he’s a big-hearted horse. He’s bounced straight back (from the Portland) and showed he is a good horse.

“He won with plenty in hand, I wasn’t overly hard on him.”

Andrea Atzeni enjoyed a double, taking the Vertem Investing For The Future Handicap aboard Hugo Palmer’s Caravan of Hope (9-4 favourite).

The victory meant the three-year-old colt has recorded back-to-back wins after obliging at Ascot last time out.

“He looked, when he won at Ascot, like the further he went the better he was,” said Atzeni.

“We knew the ground wasn’t going to be a problem and he looked like he would stay. He did it quite nicely.

“He’s quite lightly raced, he’s won nicely, he obviously enjoys cut in the ground and I think he stays very well.”

Atzeni enjoyed further success aboard the Roger Varian-trained Magnetised (7-4 favourite), winner of the seven-furlong Aquaspersions Group British EBF Maiden Stakes.

The Sheikh Mohammed Obaid-owned Shamardal colt comfortably held Beauty Choice to win by a neck.

Fifth-placed Brunch also produced a notable effort, almost unseating jockey Callum Rodriguez as he bucked his way through the first half-furlong before eventually settling and running on into contention.

Tom Dascombe and Jane Elliott teamed up to deny Mark Johnston a record-breaking 236th winner of the season when taking the one-mile Hague Print Management Nursery Handicap with She’s A Unicorn (5-1).

Johnston’s runner Gold Souk made much of the running and looked sure to triumph until Elliott mounted a late challenge to catch him half a furlong from the post.

Oasis Prince provided the Middleham-based trainer with another shot at claiming the record in the 1st Security Solutions Handicap, but the colt struggled throughout and trailed home behind eventual winner Passion And Glory (5-1), trained by Saeed bin Suroor.

The Brewster Partners British EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes, run over a mile, was dominated by the offspring of Derby and Arc hero Golden Horn.

William Haggas’ 10-1 chance Domino Darling – in the Golden Horn colours of Anthony Oppenheimer – prevailed under Tom Marquand, with runner-up Gold Wand and fourth-placed Lady G also sharing the same sire.

Another with an eyecatching pedigree was Michael Bell’s Approximate, a daughter of Ascot Gold Cup winner Estimate.

The filly, owned and bred by the Queen, could only finish 14th of 15 under Hayley Turner as the official going turned to heavy.

The Amateur Jockeys Association Amateur Riders’ Handicap went the way of Oliver Greenall’s Gamesters Icon, with the 9-2 favourite battling through the mud in the hands of Cai Williams to see off Grazeon Roy.

Bielsa makes light of Doncaster gloom
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