Turf Talk: Gold Cup runner-up declared for Doncaster Cup

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Ascot Gold Cup runner-up Mizzou is among nine horses declared for the 250th Doncaster Cup tomorrow.

Luca Cumani’s talented stayer found only the brilliant Order Of St George too good at Royal Ascot following his win in the Sagaro Stakes at the Berkshire course in April.

The five-year-old will attempt to go one better on his return to action in the Group Two contest over two and a quarter miles.

He will be re-opposed by other Gold Cup runners – the David Simcock-trained third home Sheikhzayedroad, fifth-placed Burmese for Marcus Tregoning and Peter Niven’s Clever Cookie, who was seventh.

Roger Charlton saddles Quest For More, who bounced back to his best with victory in the Lonsdale Cup at York last month.

Clondaw Warrior, second to Pallasator 12 months ago, is the sole Irish challenger. Willie Mullins’ admirable dual-purpose performer has been kept busy this summer with trips to Royal Ascot, Galway and Arlington.

Completing the line-up are Curbyourenthusiasm, Sweet Selection and St Michel, who represents last year’s winning trainer Sir Mark Prescott.

The most notable of the eight withdrawals at the 48-hour final declaration stage was Ed Dunlop’s Trip To Paris, who won the Gold Cup in 2015.

l Frankie Dettori has been booked by Dermot Weld to ride Fascinating Rock in the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.

The opportunity came up as Weld’s stable jockey Pat Smullen has opted to partner Harzand on whom he won both the English and Irish Derbies. It will be the first time Smullen has not been aboard Fascinating Rock, having been in the saddle in all his previous 15 races that has yielding two Group Ones among eight victories.

“It’s a good ride for a very good trainer,” said Dettori’s agent, Ray Cochrane.


CHESTER: 2.05 Thorndyke, 2.40 Thomas Cranmer, 3.15 Dilgura, 3.50 Playful Sound, 4.25 Flower Of Love, 5.00 Chocala, 5.30 Character Onesie.

DONCASTER: 1.55 Nemoralia (next best), 2.30 Yalta, 3.05 First Mohican, 3.40 MIZZOU (NAP), 4.15 Senator, 4.50 Khairaat, 5.25 Northgate Lad.

SALISBURY: 4.10 Dark Destroyer, 4.45 Neptunes Secret, 5.20 Wensara Dream, 5.50 Fleeting Dream, 6.20 Santafiora, 6.50 Mr Singh, 7.20 New World Power.

SANDOWN: 1.45 Stanhope, 2.20 Quick March, 2.55 City Limits, 3.30 Shawaahid, 4.05 Aristocratic, 4.40 Unison, 5.15 Compton Mill.Ascot