Turf Talk: Gosden targets sixth success in Betfred November Handicap at Doncaster

Royal Line trainer John Gosden.
Royal Line trainer John Gosden.
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ANTE-POST favourite Royal Line heads a maximum field of 23 declared for tomorrow’s Betfred November Handicap at Doncaster.

The lightly-raced three-year-old colt will bid to give trainer John Gosden a sixth success in the feature on the last day of the turf season.

Betfred November Handicap joint top weight, Master The World. PIC: Paul Harding/PA Wire

Betfred November Handicap joint top weight, Master The World. PIC: Paul Harding/PA Wire

While Royal Line made the cut, two other horses high in the betting, Reshoun and Duke Of Bronte, missed out. However, Reshoun’s trainer Ian Williams is still represented by Saunter.

Topping the weights on 9st 10lb are David Elsworth’s Master The World and Top Tug from Alan King’s stable.

Others in the mix include Marcus Tregoning’s Dance The Dream, Martyn Meade’s Chelsea Lad, the Kevin Ryan-trained Syphax and Towerlands Park from Michael Bell’s stable.

n Connections of Mount Mews are likely to make a late call regarding his participation in the Unibet Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham next weekend

Norton trainer Malcolm Jefferson. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Norton trainer Malcolm Jefferson. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

A smart novice last season for Norton trainer Malcolm Jefferson, he rounded off his campaign finishing second to Pingshou in Grade One company at Aintree.

Mount Mews reappeared last weekend in the Scottish Champion Hurdle Trial at Ayr under a big weight but the heavy ground caught him out and he could finish only third.

Jefferson’s daughter and assistant, Ruth, said: “We were really pleased, he gave nearly 2st to the winner and over 2st to the second. There were a couple of not-so-good jumps that probably cost him more than the weight.

“It was heavy ground, too. I know he’d won in heavy at Kelso last season but that was a level-weights race, giving all that away in heavy ground is hard. It was a nice performance and it was his prep for other races. He was fit enough to do himself justice but he’ll come on for the run. He’ll get an entry for the Fighting Fifth and he might get confirmed for the Greatwood, we’ll decide on Monday.”


DONCASTER: 11.55 Hidden Affair, 12.25 Ornamental, 1.00 Easy Victory (treble), 1.35 Shady McCoy, 2.05 Sir Dancelot (next best), 2.40 Vintage Folly, 3.15 ROYAL LINE (NAP), 3.50 Excellent Times.

AINTREE: 12.30 Bitingthebullet, 1.05 Vintage Clouds, 1.40 Nautical Nitwit, 2.15 On Tour, 2.50 Top Notch, 3.25 Ballyhill, 4.00 Eur Gone West.

WINCANTON: 12.40 If The Cap Fits, 1.15 Master Burbidge, 1.50 Secret Door, 2.25 Adrien Du Pont, 3.00 Flying Tiger, 3.35 Southfield Theatre, 4.10 Khage.

KELSO: 12.15 Manitowoc County, 12.50 Oak Vintage, 1.25 Ryedale Racer, 2.00 Gold Opera, 2.35 Halcyon Days, 3.10 Thorpe, 3.45 Harrisons Promise.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.20 Toolatetodelegate, 4.50 Wotadoll, 5.20 Ocean Of Love, 5.50 Seamster, 6.20 Global Exceed, 6.50 Pepita, 7.20 Guvenor’s Choice, 7.50 Luang Prabang.