The winner was giving Gosden his third success in the race, following Hieroglyphic in 1991 and Turgenev in 1992. Gosden's assistant, Eoghan O'Neill, hinted that Sabadilla, backed from 14-1 with William Hill in the morning to 10-1, had been better fancied than the stable's other runner, Heritage, who was a well- beaten 18th of 24. He said: "We felt Sabadilla would go well and we're delighted with the way things have worked out. Heritage has had a hard season but the new owners wanted him to run."
Over the jumps at Chepstow, Marello put up a tenacious display to retain her unbeaten record in the Tote Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle. The Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March is a possible target for the mare but Mary Reveley, her trainer, warned: "It would have to be bottomless ground for her to run."
At Wincanton, Lively Knight, found to have been got at after being beaten at odds of 1-7 at Plumpton in the spring, showed he has suffered no ill- effects from the ministrations of the dopers with a seven-length win in the Badger Beer Handicap Chase. Ironically, because of his easy win, Lively Knight was again dope tested. The results are this time expected to be negative.Reuse content