Starman shows star quality at Doncaster

Unbeaten Walker ace backs up Lingfield debut in real style.

  • Saturday 15 August
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Starman denied King’s Lynn a winning comeback in the Follow At The Races On Twitter Novice Stakes at Doncaster.

King’s Lynn was sent off the 8-11 favourite on his first start since taking a valuable sales race at the South Yorkshire track in September for the Queen – but he had no answer to Starman’s finishing kick.

The Ed Walker-trained colt made a successful debut at Lingfield just five weeks ago and showed a most decisive turn of foot to overturn the hot favourite.

Once Tom Marquand gave Starman the office, the 9-2 chance burst clear to win by two and a half lengths. The first two pulled four and a half lengths ahead of Full Authority in third place.

“He surprised me how well he’s won that and put the race to bed,” Walker told Sky Sports Racing.

“I don’t think I know or he knows how good he is, but he’s very good – enormously exciting.

“He’s a big horse. He was a very immature two-year-old and we didn’t do a lot with him last year.

“He’s only the second horse David and Sue Ward have bred. The first is Sunday Star and she’s rated 102 so she’s good in her own right.

“It’s quite remarkable. He’s very talented and we got away with the ground. It’s a bit quick. I was a bit nervous because he is a big horse, but he did skip over it well and he’s got the gears.

“I don’t know where we will go next. I said to David and Sue I think whoever wins this will be a Group horse and we’ll step him in to stakes company, I imagine.”

He added: “Sadly the mare died, but they’ve got he half-sister and the other female siblings so it’s important these horses get their black type.

“I don’t think we’ll be hanging around before pitching him in. He’s so raw. He still doesn’t know what he’s here for. He’s very green and babyish and what he’s doing is just on raw talent. He’s a good one.”

Marquand was completing a double after William Haggas’ Lilac Road (13-2) upstaged 1-6 favourite Senita in the British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes.

Magical Wish put up a gutsy display to make virtually all the running in the Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap, gaining compensation for a good run in defeat at Glorious Goodwood.

The 18-1 chance was challenged on all sides but would not give in and managed to prevail after getting a good start from his high draw.

PJ McDonald got Richard Hannon’s four-year-old home by a neck and a head from Ghalyoon and the 11-10 favourite Tinker Toy, with only half a length separating the first five home.

“He came into the race in form. He was drawn on the wing. I just kept it simple and didn’t go looking for trouble,” said McDonald.

“He pinged the gates good, he got into a lovely rhythm and pricked his ears for half the race. I gave him a squeeze from three out and he’s seen them all off really well.

“They were coming at me, but it’s an open track and he was in front a long way – he held them off well.”

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