Sprint for Saunter se­cures Novem­ber

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Saunter rid­den by Jim Crow­ley wins The Bet­fred Novem­ber Hand­i­cap Stakes at Don­caster Race­course yes­ter­day

SAUNTER came with a de­ci­sive late flour­ish to win the 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 go, 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

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