13 Sep September 2017
The Doorman makes in 3 wins for the season with a first chase success for Ben
A quiet start to the new month with no runners from Castle Hill Stables until The Doorman goes to Sedgefield to contest a Class 4 handicap chase over 2 miles 5 furlongs on 7th September. A small field of just 5 runners with Richie McLernon taking the ride as usual as The Doorman bids to add to his 2 victories achieved in May, both over hurdles, one being at this same course. As in his previous races The Doorman tracks the leaders throughout the race, and takes 2nd place after 2 fences out before closing on the leader approaching the final fence. The Doorman is ridden out by Richie after the last and goes on to win by a comfortable 2 and a quarter lengths.
This is a fourth career win for The Doorman and his second over fences, having previously been successful over the larger obstacles in Ireland prior to joining Ben just under 12 months ago. The 8 year old, who carries the famous green and gold colours of owner J P McManus, has had an excellent summer by winning 3 of his 7 races in the current National Hunt season and is therefore responsible for all Ben’s 3 wins in the present Jumps season to date.