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William Haggas - Goodwood - August 2, 2008

William Haggas: hopes the draw will not spoil Conduct's chances

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Conduct fancied to bring curtain down on the Flat

THE lightly-raced Conduct is the 7-1 favourite to provide the last hurrah of a fascinating season on the Flat.

The Betfred November Handicap will bring the curtain down on the campaign at Doncaster on Saturday and William Haggas is confident that Conduct can overcome his not-so-ideal draw to land the £65,000 contest.

The six-year-old gelding will head to Town Moor with only two runs under his belt this season but Haggas is confident that he will be up to the task.

"He should be much better over this longer trip and will enjoy the ground," said the trainer. "The draw is a negative but they might come up the middle, meaning it might not be so bad after all. I'm very hopeful."

This is only the sixth time that Conduct has taken to the track in a career spanning over three years and the son of Selkirk, who won his first two races, has only finished outside the top three on one occasion, but has failed to record a victory since September 2010.

Conduct's closest rival in the market is the John Gosden-trained Lahaag who is a best-priced 8-1 after winning the 1m4f handicap at York last time out.

Angus Gold, racing manager to Hamdan Al Maktoum, who owns the four-year-old gelding, said: "I thought his last win was his best run yet. He hasn't had a lot of racing but he seems to stay well and be improving. I hope the ground isn't too bad as I am not sure how he will go through it if it is."

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