See The World drifts to 999/1 be­fore seal­ing re­mark­able come­back

The Herald - Sport - - RACING - WHITE AND GOLD

SEE The World was a re­mark­able win­ner of the Win­can­ton Stan­dard Open Na­tional Hunt Flat Race at the Som­er­set track yes­ter­day.

Emma Lavelle’s young­ster ap­peared to have the race in safe keep­ing ap­proach­ing the fi­nal bend but hung badly to his left and be­fore Ai­dan Cole­man could do any­thing about it See The World had ba­si­cally slowed to a walk.

That left Lin­coln County with a seem­ingly straight­for­ward task as he was some 15 lengths clear but Cole­man al­lowed his mount to re­gain his com­po­sure be­fore set­ting off in pur­suit and he dis­played a touch of class in the way he made up the lost ground ef­fort­lessly.

In the end it was not even close as the 7-1 chance See The World won go­ing away by four and a half lengths. “He just started hang­ing and I don’t know why,” said Cole­man. “I had my stick in my right hand as I was go­ing in and out of the wings down the back for the best ground and com­ing to the bend he just started to hang and I didn’t have time to pull my stick through. When I got him back in he was very pro­fes­sional but for a fur­long he just lost his head. I thought I’d win be­fore­hand as they are good judges down at Emma’s and they re­ally like him.”

The win­ner traded at 999-1 for £150 on Bet­fair. Cole­man had ear­lier won on Otago Trail who showed some class in the CW Ac­coun­tancy Ser­vices Novices’ Hur­dle. Not seen since win­ning at Carlisle in Novem­ber, he was nev­er­the­less sent off the 8-11 favourite. As many trained by Vene­tia Wil­liams tend to do, he ab­so­lutely rev­elled in the con­di­tions and sim­ply ground his ri­vals into sub­mis­sion. Any­thing that tried to stay with him fin­ished le­g­less, while the new­comer Scoop The Pot stayed on from a long way back to be beaten 23 lengths into sec­ond.

“He’s al­ways been an ex­cit­ing horse but he had a touch of sore shins which is why he hasn’t run for a while,” said Wil­liams on Rac­ing UK.

“In con­di­tions like that you find very few horses ac­tu­ally han­dle it so I don’t know if there was much strength in depth to the race. He’s a nice horse and we have plenty to look for­ward to. We’ve put him in the Supreme (Novices’ Hur­dle) but he would only go if it was soft ground, if it’s good, he just won’t go. If we miss Chel­tenham he may not run again this sea­son, he wouldn’t be go­ing to Ain­tree.

“Ba­si­cally, this sea­son is a prepa­ra­tion for send­ing him over fences next sea­son.”

The spon­sors make him a 33-1 chance (from 40s) for the Sky Bet-spon­sored Supreme on March 10. Saint Raph (6-1) made ev­ery post a win­ning one in the Dick Hunt Hand­i­cap Chase. Robert Wal­ford’s grey han­dled the ground and ap­peared to be get­ting the bet­ter of a battle with Paul Ni­cholls’ favourite At­lantic Roller when Sam Twis­ton-Davies came off af­ter a mis­take at the last.

COLE­MAN: ‘He was very pro­fes­sional’

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