Victor books Aintree ticket

  • Last Updated: March 1 2014, 17:56 GMT

Victor Hewgo is Aintree bound after easily disposing of his two rivals in the Park Hill Hospital Novices' Chase at Doncaster.

Victor Hewgo wins at Doncaster
Victor Hewgo wins at Doncaster

Trainer Keith Reveley immediately nominated the Grade One Mildmay Novices' Chase at the Crabbie's Grand National meeting for the nine-year-old following his convincing 11-length win.

The 4-5 shot, ridden by the trainer's son James, tracked the pace-setting Cowards Close before jumping into the lead three out and bounding clear. My Dads Horse was a further 56 lengths away finishing last of the trio.

"He's a lovely horse and we may as well have a go at the Grade One at Aintree we won with Cab On Target (in 1993)," said Reveley.

"We'll skip Cheltenham and go there a fresh horse. It will either work or it won't. He's definitely better on quick ground.

"When he was beaten by Holywell here he didn't like the gluey ground, but today James said he was happy and he jumped the last four brilliantly.

"Once he let the handbreak off, he didn't half operate. He's from the family of Direct Route and Galmoy. There's more Grade One winners in his pedigree than any other in the book."

Doeslessthanme (11-2) warded off all-comers as he made all the running to capture the William Hill - In The App Store Handicap Chase.

The Richard Ford-trained 10-year-old kept on responding to 5lb claimer Harry Challoner's urgings and held the 3-1 favourite Turn Over Sivola by half a length with Simply Ned a similar distance away in third.

Ford said of the former Paul Nicholls-trained gelding: "The ground helped and I'm indebted to owner Richard Hewitt, who couldn't make it here today. He bought this horse to go hunter chasing, but he found out after he had purchased him that he had won about £240 too much to be eligible.

"I'm very grateful to Richard that he sent him to me rather than to someone else. I've trained a few winners under Rules for him over the years.

"I appreciate the chance to have a nice Saturday horse again. That was the plan, so it's job done."

Tistory (8-11 favourite) powered home by an effortless six lengths in the Register Now For WearAHatDay Novices' Hurdle when the three flights in the straight were omitted on both circuits due to the low sun.

Winning jockey Barry Geraghty said: "He's had a few niggles but hopefully he'll have a clear run now and go to Punchestown."

The Renee Robeson-trained Dawn Commander (9-2) ran away from his rivals in the closing stages to defeat Drop Out Joe by three and three quarter lengths in the Saint Gobain Weber Handicap Hurdle

Winning rider Josh Moore said: "A small field and a slowish-run race early helped him travel and get his confidence up. If you take a pull he'll keep travelling for you."

Owner-trainer John Wade's Aiaam Al Namoos (16-1) took the concluding William Hill Download The App Standard National Hunt Flat Race in the hands of 7lb claimer John Dawson.


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