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Calgary Class Prevails in Sky Bet Chase

1 Calgary Bay 12/1
2 Shakalakaboomboom 6/1
3 Fruity O'Rooney 22/1
NR: Hold On Julio (IRE), I'msingingtheblues (IRE)
15 ran Distances: 2½l, 8l, 4½l
TIME 5m 54.30s (slow by 0.30s)

Calgary Bay gave Henrietta Knight her second big winner in seven days when carrying a welter burden to victory in the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster.

Calgary Bay
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Calgary Bay

The nine-year-old has reserved some of his best performances for Town Moor in the past and yet again he was seen to great effect as Dominic Elsworth gave him a patient ride, attempting to nurse him into the race with his big weight.

Fruity O'Rooney led the field and still had every chance at the second-last when Jamie Moore's saddle slipped. That left Shakalakaboomboom in front, but Calgary Bay (12-1) soon swamped him and ran out a two-and-a-half-length winner. Moore performed miracles to cling on for third.

Elsworth said: "I was really pleased with him and it's a fine weight-carrying performance. He's a really big horse and luckily he can carry it. It's not for me to say he should go for the National, but obviously he jumps very well."

Knight added: "With that big weight he had to be patient with him. He likes it here and won his first chase on this track.

"The Grand National is the aim. I think he'll go straight to Aintree now. He deserves a rest now and he's been out in the field with Somersby most of the week.

"We always wondered if he really stays three miles, but he has always loved this track and he was going to run in this race last year, but it was called off. I looked at all the last winners and nothing had won with that weight."

Shakalakaboomboom is also to be trained for the National and his trainer Nicky Henderson said: "His rating of 144 could be enough. If he gave us another 2lb I wouldn't mind and what I would probably do is let him canter round in a novice hurdle. He's still a novice over hurdles.

"He's run a very good race and Barry (Geraghty) said the ground was slow enough for him. Let's go and have a crack. He jumped beautifully in the Topham last year. He's good there and he stays.

"He did everything right today except win. I just want to make sure he's safe to get in the race, but I don't really want to go to Cheltenham on the way."


Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Calgary Bay
Miss H C Knight
D Elsworth
11st 11lbs
12 - 1
N J Henderson
B J Geraghty
11st 4lbs
6 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
Fruity O'Rooney
G L Moore
J E Moore
11st 0lbs
22 - 1
8 lengths
Galaxy Rock
Jonjo O'Neill
A P McCoy
11st 4lbs
15 - 2
4 1/2 lengths
Qianshan Leader
Miss E C Lavelle
Jack Doyle
10st 8lbs
13 - 2
3/4 length
Riguez Dancer
Ferdy Murphy
G Lee
10st 3lbs
28 - 1
1/2 length
Wayward Prince
Ian Williams
T J Murphy
11st 6lbs
11 - 2
3 1/2 lengths
Shalimar Fromentro
Nick Williams
J Reveley
10st 4lbs
9 - 1
5 lengths
N J Henderson
David Bass
10st 1lbs
25 - 1
3 3/4 lengths
Aiteen Thirtythree
P F Nicholls
D A Jacob
11st 10lbs
11 - 2
5 lengths
N A Twiston-Davies
David England
10st 3lbs
28 - 1
5 lengths
A Parker
R McGrath
10st 7lbs
100 - 1
1 length
D McCain Jnr
Brian Harding
11st 2lbs
16 - 1
7 lengths
Cape Tribulation
J M Jefferson
B Hughes
11st 4lbs
12 - 1
6 lengths
Dr R D P Newland
S P Jones
10st 0lbs
33 - 1
D Pipe
Thomas Bellamy
11st 12lbs
Hold On Julio
A King
Non Runner
11st 4lbs

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