Forest cuts down Donny rivals

Forest Bihan came home with a wet sail to clinch an unlikely success in the Sky Bet Lightning Novices' Chase at Doncaster

Forest Bihan (left) sees off the challenge of Cloudy Dream

Just four runners went to post for the two-mile contest, but it did not lack intrigue, with each of the quartet holding some sort of chance

The Brian Ellison-trained Forest Bihan has won twice from three starts over fences and bolted up at Newcastle three weeks ago, but was third best in the market at 7/2.

With early leader Marracudja pulled up after breaking a blood vessel, 11/8 favourite A Hare Breath led the remaining trio into the straight, but looked at the mercy of the strong-travelling Cloudy Dream.

Forest Bihan was just in behind that pair, but looked to have lost his chance when ploughing through the third fence from the finish.

Cloudy Dream fought his way to the lead between the final two fences, but Forest Bihan found an extra gear after the last and got up to beat the grey by a length and three-quarters.

"He was always going to win," joked Ellison.

"To be fair, I thought he would win until he hit the third-last. Aidan (Coleman) blamed himself for that and said he should have just left him alone rather than asking for a big one.

"Aidan says he'll get two-and-a-half, but you have to stay at Cheltenham and the Arkle could be on the cards.

"Aidan says he's a good horse and he's entitled to go there."

Forest Bihan is 25/1 with Sky Bet for the Arkle Trophy, with Altior the 10/11 favourite.

Ellison added: "I personally think Altior is a great horse, but you can't be afraid of one horse."

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