Wotzizname beginning to make a name for himself

Fri 26 Jan 2018

Noel Fehily feels Wotzizname could be a decent staying prospect in the spring after Harry Fry's eight-year-old defeated the highly-regarded Mount Mews in the Sky Bet Top Price Promise Novices' Chase at Doncaster.

The pair had the race to themselves from three out and there was nothing to choose between them at the last, where Wotzizname (2-1) made his experience over fences count with a better leap than his rival.

He landed with a handy lead and it proved crucial as he held the advantage all the way to the line to prevail by half a length from the even-money favourite. They were 43 lengths clear of Native Gamut in third.

"It was hard work. The ground was tacky. His jumping wasn't the best. He let me down big time at the cross fence (five out)," said Fehily.

"On better ground he'd jump better and you'll see a better horse then.

"To be fair, he battled on well up the run-in.

"He's going the right way. He's won two this year now and on better ground in the spring he'll have options. I'm very happy."

However, there was a sting in the tail for Fehily as he was suspended for six days for using his whip above the permitted level and in the incorrect place.

He will be banned from February 9 to 14, which means he is set to miss the Betfair Hurdle meeting at Newbury.

Fehily completed a double on the Neil Mulholland-trained Kansas City Chief, who was backed down to 9-2 from 8-1 in the Play Sporting Pick 7 Now Handicap Hurdle.

The nine-year-old is owned by Brighton chairman Tony Bloom, who can look forward to an FA Cup fourth-round tie at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Shanroe In Milan (9-2) outpointed Bako De La Saulaie by a half a length after a terrific tussle for the Sky Bet Extra Place Races Handicap Chase.

There was little between the pair but Charlie Longsdon's six-year-old just had the edge under Brian Hughes.

"There was a faller at the last ditch. My horse took his eye off it and kicked the fence out of the ground. It took the wind out of him at the wrong time," said Hughes.

"The second horse will win plenty of races and the loose horse wasn't a help on the run-in."

Doktor Glaz opened his account over fences with a bold-jumping display in the Sky Bet Britain's Most Popular Online Bookmaker Novices' Handicap Chase.

The 7-2 favourite set sail for home from five out under Lorcan Murtagh to win by a length from Blakerigg.

Trainer Rose Dobbin said: "He ran very well at Wetherby but was a shade disappointing at Musselburgh, then here at Doncaster the last time just wasn't him at all.

"Today we wanted to be more positive and it's a relief he's found the winning thread."

The Ian Williams-trained King Of Realms (3-1) made all under Tom O'Brien to win the Sky Bet Fast Withdrawal British EBF 'National Hunt' Maiden Hurdle by seven lengths from Perfect Harmony after his closest pursuer Oakley Hall fell at the final flight.

"It wasn't the intention to make the running, but Tom realised there was no pace. He knew the lack of pace would be his undoing so he made his own pace," said Williams.

"He could head for the EBF Final (at Sandown). That would be his type of race. He is a chaser in the making."

The Fred Winter Juvenile Novices' Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham could be on the agenda for Nube Negra after Dan Skelton's youngster landed the odds in the First Race Special On Sky Bet Tomorrow Novices' Hurdle.

The 30-100 favourite led at the last on his way to scoring by eight lengths from Present From Dubai in the hands of the trainer's brother, Harry.

Owner Terry Spraggett said: "We'll look at the Fred Winter at Cheltenham. It's six weeks away and we'd like to go there."

Oliver Greenall's Lord County (12-1) took control at the last under David England to win the Sky Best Odds Guaranteed Novices' Handicap Hurdle by three and a quarter lengths from Peppay Le Pugh.

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