Mohican aims to end
Flat season on a high
THE Flat season comes to a close at Doncaster on Saturday and First Mohican is attempting to take his unbeaten record into the winter in the Betfred November Handicap (2.35).
Trained by Sir Henry Cecil, who has enjoyed another memorable year on the course with Frankel, First Mohican returned from two years off the track to win two races last month.
However, the 9-2 favourite has had his task made more difficult with a wide draw (21 of 23) while the ground at Doncaster - good, good to soft in places - is not considered ideal.
Owner Henry Ponsonby said: "I'm not happy with the draw but having said that quite a few of the leading hopes are drawn badly as well. It matters but it's not as important over a mile and a half. I would like more rain.
"The stable have beeen very bullish about him. My biggest worry is that it's been such a bad race for favourites. The last to win was in 1995. It was totally Henry and Tom's [Queally] decision to go for this."
After the prizes are handed out to champion trainer John Gosden, champion jockey Richard Hughes and champion apprentice Amy Ryan attention can focus solely on the jumps.
However, there is good jumps action at Wincanton (Badger Ales Chase, Elite Hurdle and Rising Stars Novices' Chase) and Sandown while action also takes place at Naas and Kelso.
And in France, the final Group 1 of the European Flat season takes place with the Criterium de Saint-Cloud.
Doncaster: Good, good to soft in places
Wincanton: Good to soft, soft in places
Sandown: Chase: good to soft, Hurdles: soft
Kelso: Good to soft, soft in places
Naas: Soft to heavy, heavy in places