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  • Powell Covets Portland Prize

Ladbrokes Portland Handicap 5f 140y

  • (3yo+, 5f 140y, Class 2, 21 runners)
  • Winner £37,350 2nd £11,184 3rd £5,592 4th £2,796 5th £1,398 6th £702
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 8.14s
  • Off time: 14:42:11
Full result
Result 14:40 Doncaster
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 22 Angels Will Fall 16/1
2nd 4 Steps nse 11/2f
3rd 12 Secret Witness nk 25/1
4th 15 Racy nk 12/1
  • Last Updated: September 14 2013, 8:58 BST

Ted Powell is hoping he can get his name on the Portland Handicap for a third time when he saddles Ajjaadd in the Ladbrokes-sponsored sprint at Doncaster on Saturday.

Doc Hay: Bids for back-to-back Portland Handicaps
Doc Hay: Bids for back-to-back Portland Handicaps

The Reigate handler bred and was responsible for Hello Mister, officially in the care of Jack O'Donoghue, who lifted this prize in 1994 and 1995.

Since Powell acquired Ajjaadd from Godolphin in the autumn of 2009, the Portland has been the main objective. He hoped the horse would take his chance 12 months ago, but Ajjaadd agonisingly missed the cut by one.

There was no danger of that happening again after he advertised his claims by running second behind Rex Imperator in the Stewards' Cup at Glorious Goodwood.

"I was pleased with his run at Goodwood," said Powell.

"I bred Hello Mister and trained him, but it ran under Jack's (O'Donoghue) name.

"It's taken me three years to get him to the Portland. I had to build his handicap mark up and he was balloted out by one last year so hopefully we can go and win it this year.

"I took him up there in the autumn to try the track and he ran a nice race (fifth to Jack Dexter). You can only hope he can run well on Saturday."

Willy Twiston-Davies has been his pilot of late but he has to ride at Bath, giving 7lb apprentice Kevin Stott the chance to step in.

"The fact is Willy Twiston-Davies would have ridden him but he's got to go to Bath," said Powell.

"Kevin Stott was recommended to me. I've not met the boy, but he claims 7lb and that could be useful. There are one or two other trainers putting up claimers, so we'll see."

Trainer Hugo Palmer feels the handicapper was too harsh by putting Zero Money up 7lb when he ended a two-year lean spell in a run-of-the-mill race at Lingfield earlier this month.

"It's tougher for him back in a big Saturday handicap. We won a much lesser race last time and have been walloped by the handicapper for it. We'll give it our best shot," said Palmer.

"He hadn't won for two years and they gave him 7lb for beating nothing that I could see. He goes into the race on a near career-high mark.

"He's in been in very good form since the race and this was always the plan earlier in the year, but he slightly lost his way a little bit.

"Hopefully that win will have given him some confidence and the trip should suit him."

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