Horse racing: Time defies the weights to clock a Donny victory

Gabrial ridden by Paul Hanagan. PIC: PA
Gabrial ridden by Paul Hanagan. PIC: PA
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Move In Time looks set for another foray into Group company after defying a 10lb rise in the bet365 Handicap at Doncaster on Saturday.

A smart sprinter for Bryan Smart in his younger days, he had lost his way last season and joined David O’Meara in the winter.

Gelded in the interim, he hacked up on his first start for his new yard at Musselburgh and was given a 10lb hike in the weights. He was also facing another furlong on Town Moor but Danny Tudhope gave him a confident ride and he held off Shropshire to win by three-quarters of a length.

“The way he finished off last time we were fairly confident he’d stay,” said O’Meara.

Although the five-year-old holds an entry in the Abernant Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday, O’Meara said: “I don’t know where we’ll go but we’ve entered him in the Palace House at the Guineas meeting.”

Richard Fahey’s Gabrial will step up in class at Chester’s May meeting after his easy victory in the Bet365 Doncaster Mile.

After competing in Group One company last year with credit, he found the return to Listed company much easier.

Without really asking for everything, Kieren Fallon moved his mount to the outside and Gabrial (100-30) quickened up smartly to put the race to bed.

Gelded in the winter, he still showed a little quirk by drifting to his right but it certainly did not slow him down.

“He’s done really well,” said a delighted Fahey. “His whole demeanour has changed since he’s been gelded but he has always been very talented.

“He’ll be going to Chester, Marwan (Dr Koukash, the owner) says there’s a 10-furlong Group Three which will suit him (Huxley Stakes). Kieren said he quickened up without him even noticing.”

In-form Fahey also struck in the Handicap with Ingelby Spirit, who may now go for the Swinton Hurdle and Mark Johnston’s Peterkin stepped up markedly on his debut effort at Leicester eight days ago to take the Bet365 Maiden Stakes.

Anibale Fly, ridden by Barry Geraghty (centre) on the way to winning the Coral Handicap Hurdle at Punchestown back in April 2016. PIC: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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