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Robert Havlin riding Thomas Hobson

Thomas Hobson: was an 8-1 joint-favourite for the November Handicap

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Hobson to go hurdling and will miss Doncaster

THOMAS HOBSON, joint-favourite for the Betfred November Handicap at Doncaster on Saturday, will miss the contest after being sold on Tuesday to go hurdling with Willie Mullins.

The three-year-old colt has won four of his last five races and was quoted at 8-1 by the race sponsor, along with now former John Gosden-trained stablemate Lahaag. But Lahaag will assume outright favouritism with the news of Thomas Hobson's sale and change of direction.

Thomas Hobson was knocked down at Doncaster Bloodstock Sales for £240,000 to agent Harold Kirk, who regularly acts for Mullins.

Kirk said: "He will now have a break and be given a bit of time, he won't go for the November Handicap."

Breeders' Cup-winning trainer Charlie Hills is set to be single-handed in the 1m4f handicap, which traditionally brings down the curtain on the Flat season, as he bids for another successful weekend rather closer to home.

"Forgotten Hero should get in but I shouldn't think Zipp will," Hills said. "We have been waiting for this race since Forgotten Hero won at Doncaster in September. It looks typically tough enough but he would have a good chance." 

The ground at Doncaster on Tuesday evening was given as soft, with a mix of showers and dry spells in the forecast.

Channel 4 is set to show four live races from Doncaster, along with two from Wincanton, which were on Tuesday confirmed as the Elite Hurdle at 2.05pm and Badger Ales Trophy at 2.40pm.

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