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15:00 Doncaster

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Betfred Doncaster Cup Stakes (Group 2) (British Champions Series)

  • Prize money: £73723
  • 2m 1f 197y
  • Class 1
  • 5 runners
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Betfred Doncaster Cup Stakes (Group 2) (British Champions Series)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

15/8 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 321-24 BF

Last run: 135 days

W: 9st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Withdrawn (latest instance at Royal Ascot this June) when the going has looked like being firmer than good, with his best turf efforts having been on good to soft or soft; beaten a neck by Coltrane in this race last year, before narrowly turning the tables for a third win in the 2m British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot last October; some very short-priced defeats have crept in and he lost his unbeaten Ascot record in comprehensive fashion behind Coltrane in May on latest start; had the best form of any of these when at his peak but he's now had wind surgery to try to stop the slide.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

7

(7)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 1

13:15 Ascot

Trueshan

9st 9lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Alan King

Goes very well in the mud; among his variety of big-race wins, this contest proved an excellent fit in the last three runnings (last two were on good to soft); had wind surgery after second start this season and his two runs since have been wins in the Doncaster Cup (seeing off Sweet William) and Prix du Cadran; still takes a strong hold and trying to hold him up proved a losing battle at Doncaster, before he dictated the pace in the Cadran; being able to dictate again can't be guaranteed but a fourth Long Distance Cup win may still be forthcoming.

2/1

1st

5

(3)

15th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 1f 197y

Class 1

15:00 Doncaster

Trueshan

9st 7lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Alan King

took keen hold, towards rear but in touch with leaders, good headway and led over 4f out, alone up the centre home straight, ridden and drifted left when joined over 1f out, led clearly inside final furlong, stayed on

15/8

7/2

  • Place: £1.60

Form: -21112 C BF

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Sported headgear from the outset (also ridden by Rab Havlin all starts) but highly progressive; travelled smoothly before dominating the closing stages of useful handicaps at Newbury (2m, good) and Goodwood (1m6f, heavy); his winning sequence ended in the Ebor at York (1m6f, good to firm) but that close second was another fine effort; unraced over this far and four of these rivals have better 2023 form but he could easily have more to give.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

5

(3)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 1

13:15 Ascot

Sweet William

9st 9lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

Sported headgear from the outset (also ridden by Rab Havlin all starts); travelled smoothly before dominating the closing stages of useful handicaps at Newbury (2m) and Goodwood (1m6f, heavy); close second in the Ebor at York (1m6f) and gave Trueshan plenty to think about, beaten by just over 1l, in Doncaster Cup (2m2f); highly progressive and makes each-way appeal.

8/1

2nd

3

(2)

15th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 1f 197y

Class 1

15:00 Doncaster

Sweet William

9st 7lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

Sported headgear from the outset (also ridden by Rab Havlin all starts) but highly progressive; travelled smoothly before dominating the closing stages of useful handicaps at Newbury (2m, good) and Goodwood (1m6f, heavy); his winning sequence ended in the Ebor at York (1m6f, good to firm) but that close second was another fine effort; unraced over this far and four of these rivals have better 2023 form but he could easily have more to give.

7/2

2nd

15

(3)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Sweet William

9st 2lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

Sported headgear from the outset (also ridden by Rab Havlin all starts) but steadily progressive and his biggest steps forward came on last two starts when travelling smoothly before dominating the closing stages of useful handicaps at Newbury (2m, good) and Goodwood (1m6f, heavy; from Adjuvant); this is less of a slog but he's well in with just a 4lb penalty (due to go up another 4lb) and may well have had more in the tank.

7/2

OUR TIP

10/1

Form: 513075

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 7lb

7 yo Horse

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Good middle-distance performer for most of his career but won the Dubai Gold Cup over 2m in March; close third in the 1m6f Yorkshire Cup at York in May but well beaten in the Gold Cup at Ascot and the Goodwood Cup the next twice, and was about 8l behind Coltrane at York last time; others preferred.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

1

(2)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 1

13:15 Ascot

Broome

9st 9lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: A P O’Brien

Good middle-distance performer for most of his career (won at Royal Ascot 2022) but took the Dubai Gold Cup over 2m in March; close third in the 1m6f Yorkshire Cup at York in May; not so good since and although he kept on stoutly when a respectable third at Doncaster (2m2f, soft) last time, he was comfortably seen off by Trueshan and Sweet William; work to do.

40/1

3rd

2

(1)

15th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 1f 197y

Class 1

15:00 Doncaster

Broome

9st 7lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Good middle-distance performer for most of his career but won the Dubai Gold Cup over 2m in March; close third in the 1m6f Yorkshire Cup at York in May but well beaten in the Gold Cup at Ascot and the Goodwood Cup the next twice, and was about 8l behind Coltrane at York last time; others preferred.

10/1

5th

3

(4)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

2m 0f 56y

Class 1

14:25 York

Broome

9st 5lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Good middle-distance performer for most of his career but won the Dubai Gold Cup over 2m in March; close third to Giavellotto in the 1m6f Yorkshire Cup here in May but well beaten since in the Gold Cup at Ascot and the Goodwood Cup, so others are preferred.

8/1

Form: 982953 C

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Third in this race in 2020 and sixth in 2021; not quite the force of old and best 2023 efforts were at Royal Ascot, a course at which he has a very good record; another swap of headgear today; needs to get back to summer 2021 form to hold any semblance of a serious chance.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

14th

4

(7)

6th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

20:00 Kempton (AW)

The Grand Visir

9st 1lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: Ian Williams

Veteran stayer who is without a victory since 2019, but he wasn't disgraced when 12th in the Cesarewitch when last seen so can't be dismissed off a falling mark.

20/1

0

15

(14)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

The Grand Visir

9st 0lb

J: Paddy Bradley

T: Ian Williams

Has never run in the Cesarewitch but he's a familiar face contesting other major long-distance races, with a fine record at Royal Ascot; very well handicapped on peak ratings, with last month's Doncaster Cup (soft) one of those but recorded in a muddling race; tailed off behind Tashkhan latest and, with no win since 2019, does not look the percentage call.

66/1

6/4

Form: 2-1231 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

His only run on soft was in 2020 (below form) but he held Trueshan off by a neck in this race last year on good to soft; the positions were reversed at Ascot last October but this 6yo has had much the better season this year with his two Group 1 placings and wins in a Group 3 and Group 2; looks set to go well again.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

2

(8)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 1

13:15 Ascot

Coltrane

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

His only two runs on soft (unraced on heavy) were in 2020 and in the Doncaster Cup five weeks ago, below form in both; pipped by Trueshan in this race last year (good to soft) and in career-best form this season, showing it twice at this track and when winning at York on penultimate start; soft or heavy ground is the big worry.

7/1

5th

1

(5)

15th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 1f 197y

Class 1

15:00 Doncaster

Coltrane

9st 10lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

His only run on soft was in 2020 (below form) but he held Trueshan off by a neck in this race last year on good to soft; the positions were reversed at Ascot last October but this 6yo has had much the better season this year with his two Group 1 placings and wins in a Group 3 and Group 2; looks set to go well again.

6/4

1st

4

(5)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

2m 0f 56y

Class 1

14:25 York

Coltrane

9st 5lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Runner-up to Quickthorn in this race last year; better than ever to start this season when winning a 2m Group 3 in great style and a close second to Courage Mon Ami on good to firm in the Gold Cup, both at Ascot; raced in second for most of the way in the Goodwood Cup but too far adrift of front-runner Quickthorn and lost second on the line; balance of form suggests he will end up in the firing line.

5/2

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Payout
Exacta £114.00
Straight Forecast £130.40
Trifecta £319.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Coltrane

NEWMARKET:

Sweet William

The Times:

Trueshan

RP RATINGS:

Broome

Telegraph:

Sweet William

Daily Mail:

Sweet William

Daily Record:

Sweet William

TOPSPEED:

Coltrane

POSTDATA:

Coltrane

The Guardian:

Coltrane

Daily Mirror:

Coltrane

The Sun:

Coltrane

The Star:

Coltrane

D Express:

Trueshan