Doncaster: Ansgar makes all in Park Stakes
Irish raider Ansgar made all in the Group 2 OLBG Park Stakes at Doncaster, continuing the brilliant form of unheralded trainer Sabrina Harty. Harty does a fantastic job with the small string of horses in her care and her stable is in fantastic form at the minute, as shown by 80/1 shot Kalann running a career best third in yesterday’s Doncaster Cup.
Today it was Ansgar who went to battle for the yard and the 6yo, a winner of the Supreme Stakes at Goodwood last time, put in a battling front running performance to beat a talented field in the 7 furlong contest. Jockey James Doyle was paired with Harty’s charge at Goodwood for the first time and the partnership was continued here, with Doyle keen to get his charge to the head of affairs from the gates.
Ansgar got to the front and showed a beautiful stride as he devoured the ground up in slick style. Doyle only had to start persuading the eventual winner having past the two pole but by this stage all challengers in behind were beginning to struggle. 2/1 favourite Aljamaaheer eventually began to battle back but it was all too late as Ansgar went on to score by half a length.
Doyle said: “He is very tough. I was a little worried at half way because he changed his legs about four times. He is a horse who loves to hear his feet rattle but you can’t fault him – he is so tough.
“I could here the rest of them coming but he toughed it out. Sabrina and the team have done a wonderful job with him and Pat Smullen gave me some good advice too, so thanks to him.”
A delighted Harty added: “He is fantastic and as tough as nails. He has a lovely stride and you could really see it there on the flat track. He has so much toe. The further he went it looked like he was getting caught but he went clear again.
“It was an easy enough decision to come here as he just loves seven furlongs. We seen the good forecast for the week and we said we would go for it. I was shouting all the way to the line, I couldn’t breath!”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: John Giles/PA Wire
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