Nicky Richards: In tears after Takingrisks won the Listed Sky Bet Handicap Chase at Doncaster.

By Andrew Atkinson

Nicky Richards trained veteran Takingrisks landed the Listed Sky Bet Handicap Chase at Doncaster on Saturday – at 40-1 – leaving the Greystoke, Penrith, Cumbria trainer in tears.

12-year-old Takingrisks, ridden by Sean Quinlan, gained a 1 1/4 lengths win ahead of Aye Right, with 4-1f Cap Du Nord, third.

“Going to three out he was having a bit of a blow, but from the back of the second-last all he’s done is stay,” said Quinlan.

Nicky Richards

“He winged the last – and galloped all the way to the line – he is is an out-and-out stayer,” said Quinlan.

“He can get a little flat-footed in the middle of his races – which didn’t happen today,” said Quinlan, after bagging the £42,713 winner’s purse.

The Scottish National is pencilled in for Takingrisks, and Quinlan said: “Nicky’s done a fantastic job with this horse, riding him out at home – he told me he’s like a lion!

“The plan is the Scottish National again this year. Nicky said we’ll take in a race or two on the way.”

Main Photo courtesy Doncaster Racecourse

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