Summit Juvenile Hurdle: Knight Salute digs in to provide big Saturday winner at Doncaster for Milton Harris and Paddy Brennan | Racing News

The Knight Salute gave Milton Harris a big winner on Saturday as he battled to win the Division Two top-of-the-line event in Doncaster under Paddy Brennan.

The three-year-old followed up his recent success in a second division competition at Cheltenham with a daring display in what appeared to be a very competitive race on the same level.

Porticello, the favorite, ran 6-4 to take all the runs but his jump needs improvement while Paddy Brennan kept Knight Salute towards the back of the calm pace in the early stages.

Knight Salute (4-1) moved into the competition when the pace raced straight up with three straight runs left and pulled off after the latter jumped to score three-quarters of the length off Porticello. Impulsive One was about his third neck away.

Jockey Brennan said after the race: “It was tougher today, the ground was deeper, I was committed until the last time I needed the wing, I did it, but it’s good.

“It’s a £60,000 race thanks to the sponsors, a great deal of placement by Milton and a nice race to win on Saturday.”

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Paddy Brennan revealed that coach Milton Harris called him three times to tell the rider that Knight Salute would win the bet365 Summit Hurdle in Doncaster on Saturday.

As for what comes next, Brennan said: “It’s hard to say, we’ll let him do the talking on the right track, and it’s going to get tougher, but he made enough money today to help deal with Santa Claus.

“Milton is doing really well, he really believed in him. He called me three times to tell me he was going to win.”

Owner Mark Adams added: “Everyone keeps putting a question mark over him, but what more can a horse do. Every race you put in front of him, he runs well, and he always gives more every time.”

Jimmy Moore relieves Porticello after winning the Wensleydale Juvenile Hurdle
Jimmy Moore relieves Porticello after winning the Wensleydale Juvenile Hurdle

“Victory is always a dream, any race at Cheltenham is a dream. Today was the big test to see where to go and then run, why not go!”

Knight Salute was cut to 12-1 from 20-1 to race the JCB Triumph Hurdle with Betfair and Paddy Power.

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