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Classic Ben set to tackle River Don test at Doncaster

Mon 15 Jan 2018

Classic Ben is to step up in class for the Albert Bartlett River Don Novices' Hurdle at Doncaster on January 27.

The Stuart Edmunds-trained five-year-old has won his last two starts and will have Cheltenham Festival entries.

Owner Nick Brown said: "Classic Ben has won at Fakenham and Huntingdon. It is now either go somewhere with a penalty or step up in grade.

"If we step up in grade, we are going to step up in distance as he looked like he was crying out for further at Huntingdon.

"He won by staying on Boxing Day and that means that the River Don comes into play. We will find out what we have got when we go there, it is as simple as that.

"He will have entries in the Ballymore and Albert Bartlett as it would be silly not to. He is 130-rated and there could be some more in the locker."

Brown also has high hopes for Queenohearts, winner of a Towcester bumper by five lengths.

"She is still a big, weak mare that I bought as a store horse. She put in a performance at Towcester that I think is highly regarded," said Brown.

"She will head straight to the Listed mares' bumper at Sandown in March. She is still a shell of a horse and looks to have a bright future. If that race is her last this season, then so be it."

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