Game's up at Doncaster

  • Last Updated: January 25 2014, 17:00 GMT

A review of the early action from Doncaster as Master of The Game made all in the Sky Bet Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Hurdle.

Master Of The Game makes all in a first-time hood at Doncaster
Master Of The Game makes all in a first-time hood at Doncaster

Master of The Game ran his rivals ragged in the winter ground with an unchallenged all-the-way win in the Sky Bet Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Hurdle at Doncaster.

The eight-year-old has been generally disappointing for champion trainer Nicky Henderson but showed his true colours wearing a hood and a tongue strap for the first time.

Andrew Tinkler enjoyed an uncontested lead on the 16/1 chance and came home 15 lengths clear of Mcllhatton in second, with Mojolika another three-quarters of a length away in third.

"The hood has helped him settle down and I got a lovely ride off him," said Tinkler. "You see the ability at home, he just keeps a bit for himself."

Nicky Richards sees Simply Ned as a possible contender for the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham next season after the seven-year-old ran out a ready winner of the TRM-Excellence In Equine Nutrition Handicap Chase.

The Greystoke trainer thinks the forthcoming Cheltenham Festival will come a year too soon for Simply Ned, but the Grand National meeting at Aintree has not been ruled out.

Brian Harding brought Simply Ned to challenge Upsilon Bleu two out, with the 6/1 chance going on to win by a length and a half.

"The secret to this horse is he needs a right end-to-end gallop," said Richards.

"He's only a novice and he wouldn't be good enough for the Arkle, it might be a year too quick for him.

"He needs to go left-handed. He might go to Aintree, but I've got Eduard as well.

"This horse could be one for the two-and-a-half-mile handicap at Cheltenham in the autumn (the Paddy Power). We might just be working into the horizon for that. You need to get experience into them for one of those races."


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