Turf Talk: Saunter’s surge secures across-the-card double for trainer Williams

2016 champion jockey Jim Crowley notched a 181-1 treble at the weekend. PIC: Tim Goode/PA Wire
2016 champion jockey Jim Crowley notched a 181-1 treble at the weekend. PIC: Tim Goode/PA Wire
Have your say

Saunter came with a decisive late flourish to win Saturday’s Betfred November Handicap at Doncaster and complete a notable across-the-card double for trainer Ian Williams.

Just moments after Williams had seen London Prize win the Grade Two Elite Hurdle at Wincanton, Saunter was delivered with a perfectly-timed run by Jim Crowley to lift the main Flat prize of the day.

Storm King set out to make all with Steve Drowne setting only a moderate tempo through the early stages and he was still on the front end at the top of the straight. They were lining up to challenge in behind though, with favourite Royal Line making his bid for home with a quarter of a mile to run.

However, his run began to falter with a furlong to run, just as Crowley was hitting top gear on Saunter (6-1), who sprinted away down the middle of the track.

Chelsea Lad tried to go with him but had to settle for second, with Eddystone Rock third and Storm King a game fourth.

Williams said: “It’s not a bad 20 minutes to have in any training career. It’s lovely to do it on the flat and over jumps.

“I think he’s beaten quite a quality field. I thought he had a lot to do two furlongs out, but Jim has given him a great ride.

“Michael Watts (owner) has been extremely supportive of me and has always given me a chance with decent horses. They are famous colours, so it’s fantastic.

“This fellow was sent to us two months ago.”

Crowley’s dash to Doncaster after a successful whirlwind trip to Abu Dhabi paid off when he took the riding honours with a 181-1 treble.

The 2016 champion jockey only landed at Heathrow airport at 7am from the Middle East, where he won the world’s most lucrative race for pure Arabian horses on Muraaqib for his boss Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.


HUNTINGDON: 1.10 Pym (treble), 1.40 Go On Henry, 2.20 CALL ME LORD (NAP), 2.40 Scoop The Pot (next best), 3.10 Red Admirable, 3.40 Mabela.

LINGFIELD: 12.50 Sunshade, 1.20 The Sweeney, 1.50 Bogoss Du Peret, 2.20 Capitoul, 2.50 Movie Legend, 3.20 On The Road, 3.50 Show’s Over.

WORCESTER: 1.00 Tommy Silver, 1.30 Divine Spear, 2.00 Some Man, 2.30 Degooch, 3.00 Cheltenam De Vaige, 3.30 Peggies Venture.