Sleeping Lion roars for Fanshawe at Doncaster

Sleeping Lion came from last to first to claim top honours at the William Hill Mallard Handicap in Doncaster.

James Fanshawe’s charge was a 4-1 shot in the control of Jamie Spencer and was dropped out in the rear of this six-strong field for much of their extended contest.
His mount was coaxed by spencer into a position and had been in front a furlong after.
Charles Kingsley looked a danger , however, Sleeping Lion found was finally and challenged on top in the point – scoring a shade cosily.
The disappointment of the race was Simon Crisford favorite Saroog, who could finish fifth.
Fanshawe explained:”We were just getting somewhat frustrated with him operating in big handicaps. He didn’t get in the Ebor, thus we conducted him in York at the two-mile race and that he never got in to it.
“Now with a bigger area and he managed to find a position. He likes to be held up, but he needs a bit of time to get rolling. He picked up at time now.
“I am not certain where we will go together along with him. We are going to see exactly what the handicapper does. He’s a very wonderful horse and he’s shown it today.”

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