Chindit made to work for Doncaster Mile Stakes win

Chindit returned to winning ways by racing to first place at the SBK Doncaster Mile on Town Moor.

The horse looked a leading Classic contender when it lifted the Champagne Stakes in Doncaster back in September 2020, but it has only won once since. 

The four-year-old, who is trained by Richard Hannon, regained some of that lost confidence by returning to the top of the podium in the Mile Stakes.

Chindit didn't win as convincingly as the odds of 8/13 suggested, as long-time leader Tempus looked intent on spoiling the party.

However, it was not to be, as Rossa Ryan led his horse over the finish line first.

Ryan said: "He's done this with class more than anything. He's just fresh. He has started to settle at home and in his work. The more he's been doing the better he's been going. Today, he lit up going down the start and wanted to get on with it.

Chindit ridden by jockey Pat Dobbs wins The Watership Down Stud Too Darn Hot Greenham Stakes at Newbury Racecourse. Picture date: Sunday April 18, 2021.

"He's a class act to pull as hard as he did and to get to the front and then idle but he put the race to bed and I'd like to see him come on again.

"The Chindit I ride, I think he wants fast ground. It's really gluey out there and he hated it. When he did get to the front he held a bit for himself which shows he's minding himself. If he comes forward again, hopefully a big one can fall for him and we'll see the Chindit we saw as a two-year-old."

Hannon's senior head lad Tony Gorman said: "He's a lovely horse. I know he only won once last year but he ran some super races. He was up there at the top level and ran in all the good races so he deserves to come back and win again.

"He didn't help himself today, he was a little bit keen. He was very fresh as well. Why not go for the Lockinge? We'll have a look and see. It's hard to hang on to him until Ascot."

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