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  • 14:50 Betdaq Free Premier League Game Saturday Juvenile Hurdle2m 110y

  • £4,800 added 4yo 8 ran
  • Winner £3,119 2nd £916 3rd £458 4th £229
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 15.40s
  • Off time: 14:51:07

Pearl Castle kept his Cheltenham Festival hopes alive when running out a brave winner

Last Updated: 19/02/14 3:40pm

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Pearl Castle: Shrugged off a couple of messy jumps

Pearl Castle: Shrugged off a couple of messy jumps

Pearl Castle kept his Cheltenham Festival hopes alive when running out a brave winner at Doncaster under Bryan Hughes.

Pearl Castle (4/6) had to dig deep to overhaul the game Zamoyski (8/1) in the closing stages of the Betdaq Free Premier League Game Saturday Juvenile Hurdle.

Brian Hughes had John Quinn's four-year-old travelling sweetly until slight errors at both the third and second last hurdles checked his momentum.

At the final flight Pearl Castle and long-time leader Zamoyski both produced bold leaps to land in unison, with Hughes finding more from his mount on the run-in to be well on top at the finish.

Owner Paul Gaffney told At The Races: "He slightly pecked on landing two out, but he's got great flat speed. That's only the eighth race of his life and he keeps on getting better."

Sky Bet left him unchanged (16/1) for the JCB Triumph Hurdle after the two-and-a-quarter length success, and he is also entered in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle for which he is 33/1 with the sponsors.

"He came back on the bridle after his mistake which is a good sign," added Quinn.

"He'll be better on better ground and in a better race.

"Left to me, this horse wouldn't go to Cheltenham on soft ground and we'd wait for Aintree, but you know what Cheltenham is like. Come Gold Cup day they might have to turn on the taps.

"He had to work hard but the second is no mug at all on the Flat."

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