Burtons Well ran out a dramatic winner of the Betsafe Top Price All Runners Veterans’ Handicap Chase at Doncaster.
Venetia Williams’ 11-year-old had forced the pace for much of the race, but looked beaten when Minellacelebration shot by on the run to the last.
Three lengths down and booked for second, Burtons Well started to run on again and as Minellacelebration began to pull up in front, Charlie Deutsch’s mount got up to win by a neck at 15-2.
The winner was well fancied for the final of the veterans’ series last time out but was pulled up.
“The other horse flew past us and he was just looking around in front, but that gave us something to aim at and then the other horse slowed up in front,” Deutsch told Sky Sports Racing.
“After the last, I thought we had a chance.
“We dropped him in last time and he didn’t seem to enjoy it, so we changed tactics today.
“He takes a bit of knowing and the cheekpieces have definitely helped.”
Allart was the potential star on the card and duly obliged for Nicky Henderson and Nico de Boinville at odds of 1-5 in the Betsafe Cheltenham Championship Races NRNB Novices’ Hurdle.
He holds an entry in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and while De Boinville feels he deserves to take his chance, he will not be on board.
De Boinville said: “The more racing he does, the more he settles. That was just a glorified schooling session.
“The race fell apart so it’s hard to gauge. He deserves to take his chance in something better, he’s a smart horse.
“His jumping is coming together nicely and he’s exciting going forward. Come the Supreme I’ll probably be on Shiskin, but look at the Champion Hurdle – we’ve got five in that so it shows the strength in depth at the yard.”
There was a dramatic conclusion to the Betsafe Extra Place Race Handicap Hurdle as Kansas City Chief dived out at the final flight when seemingly in control.
Robbie Dunne’s mount had just got the upper hand when deciding not to jump the last, leaving Shah An Shah (7-1) to repel the late charge of Rath An Luir.
Charlie Longsdon and Aidan Coleman were the lucky beneficiaries and the latter said: “Fair play to my horse, he had every reason to have a look.
“He’s still green, it was only his second handicap and I was definitely staying on. I definitely thought I was going to give Robbie a race, but that didn’t transpire because of unfortunate circumstances.
“He’s improving all the time and obviously has a very good attitude.
“It’s very unusual for an 11-year-old to do that. Robbie could obviously sense it was going to happen as four or five strides before you could see him trying to pull him away.