Captain Colby lifts the Portland

The well-backed Captain Colby burst through the pack in the final furlong to land the spoils in the Ladbrokes Portland Handicap at Doncaster.

Captain Colby (blinkered) comes home clear in front in a bunch finish for the Portland Handicap on St Leger day at Doncaster.

William Buick delivered Ed Walker's four-year-old to steal the show in the valuable sprint over the unique trip of five and a half furlongs.

The well-backed Red Pike set the pace for the main group in the early stages, while Judicial led his sole companion Out Do on the near side.

Pipers Note, Soie d'Leau and Humidor made their bid for victory in the final quarter-mile, but the 6/1 joint-favourite got the breaks to power through in the last half-furlong.

The George Baker-trained Humidor was a length and a half away in second, with his stablemate Harry Hurricane third and top-weight Double Up fourth.

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Mukaynis was withdrawn after sustaining injuries which sadly ultimately proved fatal when getting restless in the starting stalls.

Buick said: "He had good form coming into the race, but the ground was very loose, he didn't like it.

"He finished off really strongly, though, and is a talented horse, I've won on him before."

Walker added: "He didn't seem to be going a yard, he looked like he was off the bridle and then back on it again, but he finished like a train. He's done it well in the end.

"I think he looks like he needs a step up to six (furlongs), which is great and opens up options.

"It's fine margins with sprinters, from handicaps to Group races – he could be a horse for Dubai. We'll see.

"I'm relieved as much as thrilled, as we'd just had one chinned at Lingfield that we fancied. I'm very happy and he's an exciting horse for next year."

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