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Aintree on the agenda for Doncaster scorer Rene's Girl

Rene's Girl wins at Doncaster

Rene's Girl set herself up for a crack at the highest level with an all-the-way win in the rearranged Sky Bet Yorkshire Silver Vase Mares' Chase at Doncaster.

One of her trainer Dan Skelton's biggest attributes is that he always has a plan and is never afraid of aiming high, as is now the case with Rene's Girl.

Never troubled on her way to an eased-down 10-length success, the 2-1 favourite now has the Grade One Manifesto Novices' Chase at the Grand National meeting as her goal.

"We'll go for the Grade One over two and a half miles at Aintree and take on the boys," said Skelton.

"She's good and she loves to jump. Last time out at Bangor she just wasn't at her best.

"She was only a middle-of-the-road hurdler but fences bring her to life. She's given herself a bang on a take-off board but she's not lame or anything."

Skelton and his jockey-brother Harry had earlier won with Tommy Rapper (10-11 favourite) in the second division of the novices' hurdle, having thrown away victory last time out.

The Warwickshire handler said: "Chasing might make a man of him but something like the final of the Challenger Series at Haydock might suit him."

Mount Mews made a most impressive debut over fences in the Sky Bet Racing Cash Out Novices' Chase.

Sent off the 30-100 favourite, Malcolm Jefferson's inmate never put a foot wrong under Brian Hughes.

Mick Meagher, racing manager for owner Trevor Hemmings, said: "That was perfect, but he did what he was entitled to do on the figures.

"He needs another race before we start thinking of anything fancy - he's just had a hack around there.

"Aintree might be more his thing. He ran well there last season. I'm sure he'll get three miles in time."

Tom George celebrated a Grade One win at the weekend with Summerville Boy and Black Op scored for the same team in the first division of the two-mile-five novices' hurdle.

Owned by Roger Brookhouse and ridden by Noel Fehily, whether the 1-3 favourite lines up at Cheltenham has still to be decided.

George said: "First time at Newbury he found two miles a little sharp and possibly needed the run more than I thought.

"Whether we go to the festivals, it's too early to say."

Johnny Farrelly's And The New (14-1) caused an upset in the Sky Bet Fast Withdrawal Novices' Hurdle, with the previously unbeaten Ravenhill Road only third for Brian Ellison.

The winner, who ran well in both the Cheltenham and Aintree bumpers last season, was turned over at odds-on on his hurdling debut.

"We've always thought he had an engine but he'd just been too free in his races," said jockey Brendan Powell.

"He had a first-time hood and we changed tactics to let him roll, which seemed to work."

Woolstone One (11-1) made it two out of three since joining Emma Lavelle with a cosy win in a qualifier for the Northern Lights Mares' Series.

Quote of the day

Tom George after Black Op won the first division of the novice hurdle: "I know absolutely nothing about his sire Sandmason. I think he sires pointers, I've been told, but I know I've probably got the two best in him and Summerville Boy,"

Performance of the day

Mount Mews did not put a foot wrong on his chasing debut. Connections seem inclined to keep him away from the Cheltenham Festival but Aintree and Ayr could be on the agenda. Longer term, the ideal race for him may be the BetVictor Gold Cup in November.

Ride of the day

Harry Skelton was at pains to hang on to Tommy Rapper for as long as possible in the second division of the novices' hurdle and it was easy to see why as he tried to pull himself up in front. He is clearly not straightforward, but there is no denying he has plenty of ability. A race at Haydock has been mentioned before he goes chasing.

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