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  • 15:35 Racing Post Trophy 1m

  • (group 1) (straight) £200,000 added 2yo 15 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 39.17s
  • Off time: 15:37:58
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House Party For Meehan

By Martin Kelly, PA Sport.   Last Updated: 25/10/08 5:22pm

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Crowded House storms clear at Doncaster.

Crowded House storms clear at Doncaster.

Crowded House stormed across Town Moor to provide Brian Meehan with a first-ever success in the Racing Post Trophy and stake his claim on next year's Classics.

Luminary names such as High Chaparral, Motivator and Authorized have claimed the final Group One race of the season at Doncaster and progressed to Derby success, and the son of Rainbow Quest is now a leading contender for the blue riband.

Coral and totesport make the colt a 10-1 chance for the Epsom highlight on the first Saturday of June with Ladbrokes bigger at 16s. Coral also introduced him into the Guineas market at 8-1.

Jamie Spencer settled his mount in rear and Meehan's charge travelled powerfully throughout as one by one his rivals start to crack.

Stablemate Skanky Biscuit served it up to the pace-setting Set Sail inside the distance and was immediately joined by 2-1 favourite Jukebox Jury.

The pair settled down to scrap out the finish, only for Spencer to come motoring past aboard the 7-1 winner and surge away for a visually striking three-and-a-half-length success.

Crowded House's winning run was not without incident though, as he hung left into the placed horses when coming with his fearsome challenge and had to survive a stewards' inquiry before being called the winner.

Meehan, who saddled three of the 15-strong field, said: "He is a Classic sort and is now a Racing Post Trophy winner so he is the right horse.

"I think he is very special and he has done everything right all year.

"He looked very impressive at Kempton and then we went for the sales race at Newmarket for the money but it was obviously a furlong too short.

"It feels great when you train a horse and they produce that sort of performance.

"He looks good, he looks a serious horse, he did it so well.

"I guess he is one of the last Rainbow Quest's, there were a few left at the sales last week but he looks very good.

"We will play it by ear but the Guineas is a possibility and the Derby is a likely target for him. Stamina isn't an issue and he has plenty of speed."

He added: "It's good Skanky Biscuit was third too, he's very progressive. To come from a maiden and run in a race like this and run so well is great."

Spencer said of the winner: "He's a smasher. He was fresh going down with me. I planned to be bang there but I had to change it because of that. It's just that he's fresh and he wants better ground.

"When he did get out I didn't even have to get after him. I gave him a tap, I didn't show him the whip, and he went a little left. He's a class horse."

Jukebox Jury was bidding to become the first Royal Lodge winner to follow up in the Racing Post Trophy since 1982, and while he suffered interference inside the distance he had no answer to Crowded House's withering run.

Deirdre Johnston, wife of Jukebox Jury's trainer Mark Johnston, said: "He reared in the stalls when they opened which meant he was slowly away but that is perhaps no bad thing being tucked away behind the wind.

"He was fighting out a good finish with the other horse (Skanky Biscuit) when the winner came across us but he did go on and win by three and half lengths.

"He's run a good solid race, but when you're favourite for a Group One race you like to win. We look forward to next year with him now and we'll discuss the options over the winter."

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