A super Saturday at double for Ian.
IAN Williams dominated Saturday's proceedings as Saunter and London Prize ensured he took home the lion's share of the money with big-race victories at Doncaster and Wincanton.
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 Betfred November Handicap on Town Moor.
The final big event of the turf season was expected to star Royal Line and although the favourite made a bold bid for home, he dropped away as Saunter (6-1) made his move.
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 was completing a hattrick having also scored on Dream Of Dreams, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, in Betfred Mobile Wentworth Stakes and William Haggas' Tallow in the second division of the six-furlong maiden.
London Prize could now make a swift return in the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham on Sunday following his excellent effort in the Unibet-sponsored Wincanton heat.
Second in the Cesarewitch on his most recent outing, London Prize galloped all the way to the line to take the Grade Two prize by three lengths from Lough Derg Spirit.
Bryony Frost claimed the biggest victory of her professional riding career after steering the Paul Nicholls-trained Present Man to a narrow success in a thrilling renewal of the Badger Ales Trophy later on the card at the west country venue.
All roads lead towards the King George at Kempton for Might Bite after the classy eight-year-old enjoyed a straightforward success on his seasonal debut in the 188Bet Future Stars Intermediate Chase at Sandown yesterday.
Trainer Nicky Henderson told Racing UK: "He won't run again until then and he'll be miles straighter than he was today. That's part one done.
"Our job is now to get him there on Boxing Day quite a lot fitter than he was today. I wouldn't say a racecourse gallop would go amiss, actually.
"We'll try and win the King George and then make a secondhalf-of-the-season plan."
Navan belonged to the team of trainer Gordon Elliott, jockey Jack Kennedy and owners Gigginstown House Stud as they secured a bigrace treble with Merngli Khan, Apple's Jade and Clarcam.
Saunter and Jim Crowley leading the field home at Doncaster Nigel Roddis
Tom O' Brien and London Prize clear the last flight before going on to win at Wincanton
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|Publication:||The Journal (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Nov 13, 2017|
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