Betbright Grimthorpe Chase
|Handicap, Doncaster 15:45
3m 2f, Class 2
|Saturday 28th February 2015|
Outsider Wayward Prince, pulled up on his previous two starts, bolts up to win the Betbright Grimthorpe Chase at 25-1!
1 Wayward Prince 25/1
2 Drop Out Joe 9/2J
3 Night In Milan 5/1
12 ran Distances: 7l, 4l, 7l
TIME 6m 23.20s (fast by 1.80s)
Last successful at Aintree in 2012, Hilary Parrott's charge was racing off a mark of 124 as opposed to his career-high of 155 and he made the most of the opportunity.
He travelled well throughout in the hands of Robbie Dunne, sitting on the heels of 9-2 joint favourite Streams Of Whiskey until that one smashed through the fifth-last to leave Wayward Prince in front.
Streams Of Whiskey was pulled up before the next and Wayward Prince was left with a healthy advantage that he maintained all the way to the line, winning by seven lengths.
The other market leader, Drop Out Joe, finished second, four lengths ahead of Night In Milan, with Theatre Queen finishing a commendable fourth after giving away 20 lengths or more at the start when slow to consent to race.
Parrott admitted Wayward Prince's recent run of poor form had prompted thoughts of retirement, but was delighted to see him back on form.
She said: "He's been working very well at home but we were going to retire him after his last run because he'd had three dismal runs.
"I decided I would retire him. I went away for a week and my head girl (Laurianne York) said we shouldn't retire him as he was absolutely flying, so I thought we'd give him a chance. We'll keep him going and I suppose he'll run again this season somewhere.
"Robbie suggested the Scottish National. We'll have to see how he is at home first."
Dunne added: "He travelled well and jumped extremely well. He kept on going and jumped super. He's a horse with a lot of class that had dropped down the weights.
"You'd love a spin like that every day. He got into a lovely rhythm and when I pulled him out for a bit of light, he came alive. He ran off 124. Three runs ago he ran off 142, and that good ground helped him an awful lot."
Betbright Grimthorpe Chase (Handicap)
£50,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 2f, Class 2
|Pos||Dist||Horse SP||Jockey /Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||Wayward Prince 25/1||R T Dunne
|Mrs H Parrott||11|
|2nd||7||Drop Out Joe 9/2j||D N Russell
|C E Longsdon||7|
|3rd||4||Night In Milan (IRE) 5/1||J Reveley
|K G Reveley||9|
|4th||7||Theatre Queen (IRE) 15/2||Mr M Wall (5)
|5th||8||Mon Parrain (FR) 8/1||Sean Bowen (5)
|P F Nicholls||9|
|6th||7||Samingarry (FR) 14/1||D Crosse
|N J Hawke||8|
|7th||7||Super Duty (IRE) 8/1||W Kennedy
|8th||46||Caulfields Venture (IRE) 20/1||R P Mclernon
|Miss E C Lavelle||9|
|PU||Streams Of Whiskey (IRE) 9/2j||T Scudamore
|N G Richards||8|
|PU||Farbreaga (IRE) 16/1||J McGrath (3)
|PU||Aachen 14/1||L Treadwell
|Miss V Williams||11|
|PU||William Money (IRE) 33/1||Peter Carberry (3)