Sky Bet Chase
Listed Handicap
Doncaster 15:15
£80,000 added, 5yo plus,
3m 6yds, Class 1  
Saturday 30th January 2016

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1 Ziga Boy 8/1
2 Coologue 9/1
3 Buywise 8/1
15 ran Distances: 3¼l, ½l, 6l
TIME 6m 2.90s (slow by 8.90s)

Alan King put the gloss on an unforgettable day for Alan King as Ziga Boy won the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster.

Ziga Boy
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Ziga Boy

The Barbury Castle handler had already secured a brilliant treble at Cheltenham before he claimed the feature race on Town Moor.

Sent on his way an 8-1 shot under Brendan Powell, Ziga Boy jousted for the lead with Aachen for a long way until the former took charge at the fourth-last.

Buywise and runner-up Coologue kicked on approaching the final fence, but Powell and his companion had enough momentum to score nicely.

Speaking from Cheltenham, King said: "It's marvellous and Brendan has given him a hell of a ride.

"The ground is the key to this horse. Although it's pouring now, Doncaster missed the rain all week. He's progressive.

"He did exactly the same in a lesser race there last time out. He went up 15lb which he needed to get in this."

Powell said: "I got a great buzz out of that.

"There was loads of pace. I was quick out of the gates. Thankfully he had enough early pace to get a good position.

"I kept thinking we were doing a bit too much, but I told myself we had bottom weight and the way he won round here last time he'd have gained plenty of confidence from that. He saw it out well.

"He was so tough down that four-furlong straight in rain, sleet and wind.

"It's great to get a big winner."

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Sky Bet Chase
(Formerly The Great Yorkshire Chase)
£80,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 6yds, Class 1
15 ran
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places

Pos Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Ziga Boy (FR) 8/1 Brendan Powell
A King 7
2nd Coologue (IRE) 9/1 B Hughes
C E Longsdon 7
3rd ½ Buywise (IRE) 8/1 B P Harding
Evan Williams 9
4th 6 Pass The Hat 10/1 D Meyler (5)
A L T Moore 9
5th 13 Ikorodu Road 16/1 Harry Skelton
G McPherson 13
6th ¾ Le Reve (IRE) 10/1 Nico de Boinville
Mrs L Wadham 8
7th 6 Dolatulo (FR) 12/1 D F O'Regan
W Greatrex 9
8th Gullinbursti (IRE) 14/1 C O'Farrell
Miss E C Lavelle 10
9th Double Ross (IRE) 16/1 Ryan Hatch (3)
N A Twiston-Davies 10
10th 6 Distime (IRE) 66/1 Jonathan England
Sam Drake 10
11th Aachen 22/1 Charlie Deutsch (5)
Miss V Williams 12
Also Ran: Holywell (IRE) , Le Mercurey (FR) , Court By Surprise (IRE) , No Planning

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