Doncaster Cup 2019 Analysis
15:10 at Doncaster on 13th Sept
This Group 2 race for stayers is run over 2 miles 1 furlong and 197 yards and is open to horses aged three and older.
It’s been a great race for horses at the front of the market in recent years, with all the last 10 winners returned at odds of 5/1 or lower. That alone suggests that Max Dynamite, Sneaky Getaway, Barsanti, and Cleonte have it all to do as they’re priced-up at 16/1+. More significantly, they’re rated 13lb+ lower than the top-rated horse.
That horse is Stradivarius and the John Gosden trained 5-year-old has been carrying all before him in the stayers’ division in the last two seasons and he’s looking to make it 10 straight victories.
Those looking for a chink in the champion’s armour will say he was only third on his previous visit to Doncaster, but that was in the 2017 St Leger and on ground softer than he prefers. He also must concede Dee Ex Bee 5lb this time, but that horse could only finish fourth in the 2018 St Leger.
Stradivarius has beaten De Ex Bee on all three occasions they’ve met this season and, though he must concede him 2lb more than he did at York last time, the good-to-firm ground is very much in his favour and Stradivarius is fancied to extend his winning run.