Master Debonair beats Thyme Hill
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Master Debonair held on gamely to land the concluding race of The November Meeting, the High Sheriff Of Gloucestershire & Racing Remember Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.

Ridden by James Bowen and trained by Colin Tizzard, the four-year-old son of Yeats fended off the late challenge of the Philip Hobbs-trained Thyme Hill to score by a neck.

Bowen said: “Master Debonair did it well in the end.

“He was free early on and I was worried that he had pulled his chance away, but he has a big engine and is very genuine – he is a really nice horse.

“He is an easy horse to organise and for a bumper horse that is a real asset.

“Master Debonair will stay further. We’ll see what he likes over hurdles. He travels almost too well. For the time being, I think two miles is his trip however.”

Master Debonair has done little wrong in his two National Hunt Flat races ahead of today with a win in May and a second placing in October. The son of Yeats added a second victory to his resume when successful by a neck from Thyme Hill.

It gave trainer Colin Tizzard a double on today’s card after his victory in the previous race with Elixir De Nutz.

“For a four-year-old, it’s lovely,” smiled the delighted trainer. “From his three runs now this horse has had two wins and a second, what we’ll do with him after this, I don’t know. It’s getting later in the year now, he could easily be a Champion Bumper horse.”

Race options are open as Tizzard reported: “We have schooled him over hurdles, he goes lovely. Look he is a beautiful young horse and well-bred – his mother [Swincombe Flame] very nearly won the Mares’ Hurdle race here at The Festival.”