King’s star can come out on Top

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

TOP Tug can make his ex­pe­ri­ence count and claim vic­tory in the Bet­fred Novem­ber Hand­i­cap at Doncaster to­day (3.15).

The mile-and-a-half con­test is the tra­di­tional fea­ture as the cur­tain comes down on the Flat turf sea­son on Town Moor and an­other max­i­mum field of 23 run­ners will go to post.

The un­ex­posed Royal Line is likely to be pop­u­lar with pun­ters as he bids to pro­vide John Gos­den with a record sixth vic­tory, but a mile and a half on soft au­tum­nal ground will be a de­cent test and at more re­ward­ing odds, the ul­tra­con­sis­tent Top Tug is pre­ferred. For­merly trained by Sir Michael Stoute be­fore join­ing Alan King in the spring of 2016, the six-year-old chest­nut has won four times on the level.

The son of Halling has en­joyed an­other fine sea­son, adding to his tally at Good­wood and most re­cently fin­ish­ing a fine sec­ond un­der a big weight at Le­ices­ter. The win­ner that day, Dance The Dream, also lines up at Doncaster, but Top Tug is marginally bet­ter off at the weights and is ca­pa­ble of re­vers­ing the form.

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