Buick steers 25-1 shot to great win
A MOMENTOFMADNESS made every yard of the running to claim the William Hill Portland Handicap at Doncaster.
Trained by Charlie Hills, the 25-1 shot was sharply out of the stalls for William Buick, who was happy to let him roll along in front, building up a healthy advantage by the end of the first furlong.
While that cushion was being cut down in the closing stages, eventual second Encrypted never looked like catching A Momentofmadness, who responded to Buick to come home three-quarters of a length clear.
Wentworth Falls stayed on for third with Dakota Gold fourth.
Hills said: “William gave him a great ride. He showed some speed from the gates – I think he nicked a couple of lengths and it was always going to be hard to peg him back.
“He seemed to be in front for a long time, but you don’t want to disappoint him.
“He’s come down a couple of pounds and that has obviously helped.
“There’s a race at Ascot we might look at, but we’ll see how A Momentofmadness ridden by William Buick he comes out of the race.”
Mustashry (5-2 favourite) was supplemented for the Alan Wood Plumbing And Heating Park Stakes at a cost of £9,000 on Monday and that decision was rewarded as he triumphed in the Group Two event.
Raydiance set the early gallop in the seven-furlong contest, but Jim Crowley settled Mustashry near enough to the pace and he was perfectly positioned when the race began in earnest.