Indianapolis will bid to give James Given a fitting finale by winning the Betfair November Handicap on the last day of the Flat turf season at Doncaster on Saturday.
Given, who has also been a qualified vet since 1990, is handing in his trainers’ licence after 22 years in January to take up the post of director of equine health and welfare at the British Horseracing Authority.
The Lincolnshire trainer has happy memories of the Town Moor course, with his victories there including the Flying Childers Stakes with Wunders Dream and the May Hill Stakes with Summitville, both in 2002.
He has not won the November Handicap – but believes the five-year-old ticks plenty of boxes.
Indianapolis is a dual winner over the big-race distance of a mile and a half, but stays up to two miles though he did find the two and a quarter miles of the Cesarewitch too far on his latest start.
“It’s a good race for him to be in. The only races he has won for us have been over a mile and a half,” said Given.
“He didn’t stay the Cesarewitch trip. The November Handicap is quite an attritional race so you want a bit of stamina.
“With my other news, I’ve not get many bullets left to fire so it’s a nice thing to have a go.
“I think we’ve had the odd runner in it. We tried to run Indianapolis in it last year, but it got abandoned (due to waterlogging).”
Three-times champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa has been handed the task of providing Given with an emotional triumph.
“He’s generally got a good tune of the horse this year,” he said.
“He knows exactly which way to ride the horse. He knows him and we’re looking forward to it.
“It would be lovely to win it and it would be a good way to finish.”