Sam Spinner survives Doncaster scare | Racing News 1

Joe Colliver carried out a minor miracle within the saddle to assist keep Sam Spinner’s unbeaten file over fences within the wager365 December Novices’ Chase at Doncaster.

Only three went to put up within the Grade Two occasion, however Sam Spinner – a Grade One-winning hurdler a few seasons in the past – was not even despatched off favorite.

That honour went to Brian Ellison’s highly-regarded Windsor Avenue, one other who was two from two over fences.

Brian Hughes got down to make all on Windsor Avenue, however after failing to take a reduce at his fences, he allowed his mount to take a lead and Sam Spinner ultimately discovered himself in entrance.

Everything was calm till the sixth fence from house down the again straight when Sam Spinner met all of it flawed, firing Colliver into the air.

To his aid, when he ultimately returned to earth, Sam Spinner was nonetheless beneath him and Colliver was capable of regain his equilibrium.

Callum Bewley was not so fortunate on Aye Right on the similar fence, although, and he departed.

Early within the house straight it quickly grew to become obvious that Windsor Avenue was not having fun with himself as Sam Spinner, with out being requested a query, pulled additional and additional clear and his largest hazard was the free horse.

Sam Spinner got here house 38 lengths clear and coach Jedd O’Keeffe is now working backwards from the RSA Chase at Cheltenham in March.

“He wasn’t great at the first, but after that I had a bold sight at everything,” mentioned Colliver.

“He’s higher with a lead amongst horses. I may see Brian within the shadows behind me, so going to the fence down the again I needed to ask for a giant one to nick just a few lengths.

“That turned out to be the one fence he put down on me! When I was up within the air all I was pondering was ‘please be there when I come down’.

“He had a little look at the next, but after that he was fine. I think he’s got enough scope, he’s just got a quirk in him.”

O’Keeffe mentioned: “He’s taken us to superb locations, he is a Grade One winner over hurdles, he is already received a Grade Two over fences – fairly unbelievable.

“Obviously I thought it was sport over on the ditch, however Joe labored wonders. To win after that was unimaginable.

“Other than that mistake, I was thrilled together with his leaping. I thought it was one of the best he is jumped out of the three races, he attacked his obstacles.

“Being trustworthy, we have gone over fences as a result of I did not suppose we may beat Paisley Park this season.

“We did always have chasing in the back of our minds and it’s all going right. Our main target is the RSA, so working back from there it will either be the Towton at Wetherby or the Reynoldstown at Ascot, then hopefully Cheltenham.”


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