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  • Writer's pictureSimon Long

Call of the Wild makes the switch to fences at Doncaster

Edwardstone had started 2-5 for the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton and duly beat his rivals to the winning post by some way. However, unfortunately Edwardstone had parted company with Tom Cannon at the fifth fence, so sailed over the remaining obstacles riderless.

“It was just one of those things – if you go swimming you sometimes get wet,” was Tom’s candid post-race assessment, and Alan took a similar view.

He said:”Normally, Tom and Edwardstone sort things out between them, but this time at that open ditch they didn’t. The horse was fine afterwards and winged around the rest of the course.

“I was obviously gutted, but there will be another day and nobody has died. It happens – they just did not get it right for once.”

Provided everything goes well between now and February 11, Edwardstone will doubtless still have his Cheltenham prep in the Game Spirit Chase at Newbury, where hopefully normal service will be resumed and we will be back on track for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the March Festival.

Tom has three rides today at Doncaster.

12:10 LUNAR CONTACT - Point winner who could be sharper for his rules debut third at Market Rasen last month.

Owners - Million In Mind Partnership - Trainer - Alan King

First of our quartet to run tomorrow is Irish point-to-point winner Lunar Contact in the EBF Novice Hurdle, also on Town Moor,

Alan added:”Lunar Contact was third at Market Rasen on his Rules debut, despite almost coming down when he stumbled near the end of the first circuit. He was due to run at Taunton recently but missed the race with a bruised foot, Happily, however, he is now fully recovered

12:45 CALL OF THE WILD - 3 wins from his 6 runs and this lightly raced 5yo chasing newcomer is a likeable prospect.

Owner - John P McManus - Trainer - Alan King

Alan is never afraid to throw one of his good hurdlers straight into a novice handicap when making the transition to fences, so the appearance in Call of the Wild at Doncaster on Thursday has to be interesting.

Twice successful over hurdles for owner JP McManus – he also won his bumper first time out – Call of the Wild has always looked a potential chaser, and, assessing his chance on Town Moor, Alan said:”It was very encouraging how well he ran when third at Ascot on his seasonal reappearance over hurdles, and he has been schooling well over fences at home.”

1:20 FRENCH ROMANCE - Limited on the Flat (0-4) and tailed off at big odds on her first two hurdle starts.

Owner - I Holt - Trainer - Olly Williams

Trainer Alan King yard sponsor and Jockey Tom Cannon sponsored by Bet Responsibly


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