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We have one runner on Friday at Doncaster, where the going is currently good to soft. Royal Village steps into veteran company for the first time, when he goes to post for the, a conditional jockeys 0-125 veterans handicap chase over three miles, with Emma Smith-Chaston who has ridden him on one previous occasion, able to claim 6lb.

Royal Village who is now 10 years old was rated 141 at his peak back in 2019, and he can now currently race from a mark of 125. His ideal conditions have been good ground, and around two and a half miles, but now he is older this longer trip could be what he needs. His best form in seven starts since joining us in October 2020 has come at Market Rasen when finishing third in May of last year, and he matched that when he would have finished second at the same track in July, if the horse in front hadn't have come down at the last, leaving Royal Village to stroll home in his own time.

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Good luck to the connections, Cheltenham Trail & Cleeve Racing Club.

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