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  • Green Door Answers Crowley Call

Polypipe Flying Childers Stakes (Group 2) 5f

  • (2yo, 5f, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner £39,697 2nd £15,050 3rd £7,532 4th £3,752 5th £1,883 6th £945
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 0m 59.94s
  • Off time: 13:43:16
  • Last Updated: September 13 2013, 14:34 BST

Green Door (18/1) provided a shock in the Group Two Polypipe Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster.

Green Door: Winner of Flying Childers stakes
Green Door: Winner of Flying Childers stakes

Olly Stevens was fancied to saddle the winner of this five furlong prize for the juvenile sprinters with Extortionist but it was his lesser-fancied runner Green Door that managed to take the spoils under Jim Crowley.

Thunder Strike and Fast ensured that there would be a ferocious gallop from the off and Wind Fire came through briefly to take the lead as they made their way to final furlong.

Having sat off the pace, Crowley asked his mount for his effort and the son of Camacho kept on willingly to the line.

The trainer is in America for the Keeneland Sales, but his wife, Hetta, said: "We thought we might only run Green Door as they were forecast a lot of rain last night but we couldn't be happier with the ground. You wouldn't know they'd had two days' racing.

"It's fantastic for the owners and both horses ran fantastic races.

"Green Door has come back to form and it may have been a little dead for Extortionist.

"I don't know about plans. We'll have to see what the weather does."

Crowley said: "We dropped him in today. It worked out well and I managed to get him anchored. The ground was okay for him.

"I was following the right horse (Wind Fire) and he's proved himself today."

David Brown, trainer of runner-up Wind Fire, said: "She's rock-solid. I think we'll keep her to five. We'll look at the Cornwallis, maybe Ayr or France."


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