Doncaster Cup Preview
Published on 08/09/16
The Doncaster Cup (Friday 3.40) is the highlight of the third day of the St Leger Meeting. The oldest surviving race in Doncaster’s illustrious history, it was awarded in group-2 status in 2003. It was originally run over 4-miles, but is now run over a distance of 2-miles and 2-furlongs.
Had been disappointing this season until finishing fifth in the Ascot Gold Cup, where he was 2-lengths in front of Clever Cookie, but well-behind Mizzou. Could improve again back on better ground, but needs to.
A horse aged eight has won the race this century, and he was only beaten a neck by Mizzou earlier in the season. However, the extra 2-furlongs here may suit Mizzou better, and was only fourth in the 2014 renewal.
Last year’s runner-up has been a model of consistency of late, with his last 4 runs comprising third in the Scottish Champion Hurdle, third in the Queen Alexandra Stakes, a win in the Galway Hurdle, and finish second in the American St Leger, highlighting his class and versatility at the age of 9. Also has the services of Ryan Moore in the saddle.
Won a handicap here over 14-furlongs, and looked like he may make up into a Cup horse after running Clever Cookie close at Your earlier this season, However, disappointed twice since, and the jury is out.
Often best when fresh, so it’s not a bad thing that he’s been given time to recover from his excellent second in the Ascot Gold Cup. Deserves to be favourite on that form, though stable form a slight concern. Won only course start.
Quest For More
Another who has won his only course start, and fulfilled his potential with a change to front-running tactics last time in a Group-2 at York. My get an easy lead again, and could take some catching with stable in excellent form.
Has been transformed by a step-up to staying distances, and followed his surprise third in the Ascot Gold Cup by occupying the same position in the Goodwood Cup. Usually held-up, and could benefit if the leaders get at each other too early.
Run of handicap wins ended in a 2-mile race at York, and she has plenty to find if she’s to trouble the best of these.
His trainer Sir Mark Prescott has won the race twice this century, and this one is improving fast. However, he received more weight off Oriental Fox last time than he does off better horses here.
Doncaster Cup Summary
A race perhaps lacking genuine star quality, but only Sweet Selection is difficult to make some sort of case for. The three-year-old St Michel could yet be anything, whilst plenty of the runners are course winners. Meanwhile, Mizzou has the best form in the book, and Clondaw Warrior may go close again. However, it may be worth chancing Quest For More who seemed to improve for a change to front-running tactics last time, and could get an early lead again.