Doncaster’s lightning novice chase may be next on Do Your Job’s agenda after its laudable effort in defeat at Kempton over the holiday period.
Runner-up to My Drogo and Belfast Banter in Grade Two and Grade One novice hurdles in the spring, stable star Michael Scudamore successfully began his tracker career at Warwick in November.
The eight-year-old fell out of the eighth fence when he went up to class for Henry VIII’s Novice Pursuit in Sandown, but came back to finish second to Edwardstone in Wayward Lad last week.
With Scudamore keen to avoid a rematch with the winner, who is apparently destined for the Kingmaker at Warwick, Do Your Job may instead bid for Grade Two honors in Doncaster on January 29.
Reflecting on his performance at Kempton, the coach said: “I was very happy. He jumped well and traveled well and did everything well, he was simply beaten by a better horse on the day.
“The main goal was a really clear lap and maybe if we hadn’t crashed in Sandown we could have pushed a little harder and made the race longer.
“The most important thing was to have a clear ride below his belt and gain a little more fence experience for him.
“I think we will stick to the beginner’s races as long as we can and we could look to the Doncaster race. That’s what we have drawn at the moment, anyway.
“It would certainly be Plan A to try and avoid Edwardstone and I was very pleased to read that he was going to go for the Kingmaker. Let’s hope they stick to that plan!”
While Do Your Job looks set to stay in the company of newbies at its next start, Scudamore admitted that it is considering a step into the handicap arena for the Grand Annual at Cheltenham – a race it won with Next Sensation in 2015.
He added: “I’m sure he will have a say in that. He also rode very well at Aintree last year, so there is that too to consider.
“It looks like a horse that might have the right kind of profile for a Grand Annual and we’ll see the time closer.
“In some ways it might make more sense to aim for handicap now, but as we saw at Kempton some of these beginner events don’t have many runners in them and there’s a decent cash prize on offer, so it seems silly to ignore them when you only get one chance to really run inside. “