Two-day Hunt extravaganza

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DONCASTER’S National Hunt season is set for an enthralling climax with a two-day meeting at Town Moor this weekend.

The William Hill Grimthorpe Chase has an excellent record of attracting the very best stayers in the business, including possible Grand National contenders.

A handicap contest over three and a quarter miles, The William Hill Grimthorpe Chase offers prize money of £45,000 and last year’s winner was Always Right (owned and trained in County Durham by John Wade), who went on to finish third in the Scottish Grand National and holds an entry for this season’s John Smith’s Grand National.

Other recent notable winners include Run For Paddy in 2005, who went on the following year to win the Scottish Grand National, while Amberleigh House, who finished in seventh place six years ago, had won the previous season’s Grand National at Aintree. The 2004 winner, Grey Abbey, went on to land the Scottish Grand National.

The ‘Grimthorpe’ heads a strong programme on Saturday, starting at 2.20pm with a valuable handicap hurdle contest under the William Hill banner. Also featured are The New William Hill App Handicap Chase, The Novices’ Chase, The Lynn Spowart Birthday Novices’ Hurdle and The Crabbie’s Spiffing Alcoholic Ginger Beer Novices’ Handicap Hurdle.