Knight and Elsworth strike again with Calgary
Report: Doncaster, Saturday
Sky Bet Chase (Listed) 3m, 5yo+
THE combination of trainer Henrietta Knight and jockey Dominic Elsworth won their second big race on successive Saturdays when Calgary Bay ran out the smooth winner of the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster.
Elsworth rode a masterful race on 12-1 shot Calgary Bay. Held up way off the pace for much of the way, Elsworth crept into contention on the final circuit and made his challenge approaching the last, pulling away from Shakalakaboomboom - who travelled well for a long way - on the run-in.
The prominently ridden Fruity O'Rooney held on for third despite his jockey Jamie Moore having to contend with a slipped saddle.
Elsworth and Knight were successful with Somersby - like Calgary Bay owned by Camilla Radford - in last Saturday's big race, the Victor Chandler Chase.
Bottom-weight Carrickmines made the early running at a sound clip in the £75,000 contest, which had been abandoned owing to the weather in the last two seasons, before Wymott took over at around the halfway stage.
Stalking the leaders were the fancied 6-1 shot Shakalakaboomboom and Aiteen Thirtythree, who was gambled into favouritism. However, whereas the former ran a good race to finish second, Aiteen Thirtythreefolded tamely when asked for his effort.
Once Wymott shot his bolt the race looked between the eventual second and third before the quietly ridden Calgary Bay loomed up on the outside full of running.
Calgary Bay was cut to 25-1 (from 33) by Paddy Power for the John Smith's Grand National. The nine-year-old only got as far as the fourth fence in last season's Aintree spectacular, but Knight is keen at another crack.
She said: "Theaim has always been the National and we were thinking about Cheltenham but we'll go straight there as he deserves a rest.
"I can't believe how well things have gone lately, we've been terribly lucky."