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  • Times Up For Defence

Speedy Services Doncaster Cup (British Champions Series) (Group 2) 2m 2f

  • (3yo+, 2m 2f, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner £56,710 2nd £21,500 3rd £10,760 4th £5,360 5th £2,690 6th £1,350
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 59.09s
  • Off time: 14:40:25
Full result
Result 14:40 Doncaster
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 8 Times Up 3/1
2nd 5 High Jinx 2/1f
  • Last Updated: September 12 2013, 13:25 BST

Times Up bids to extend his new lease of life by defending his crown in Friday's Speedy Services Doncaster Cup.

Times Up: Bids to win Cup for Ed Dunlop
Times Up: Bids to win Cup for Ed Dunlop

The veteran stayer managed to arrange a fitting Town Moor send-off for his old trainer John Dunlop 12 months ago as he neared his retirement, and it has taken a while to adapt to life at Dunlop's son Ed's stable in Newmarket.

Two moderate performances at Sandown and Ascot caused Times Up to be given a break, and he made a far better fist of attempting to retain the Lonsdale Cup at York last month, finishing third to high-class pair Ahzeemah and Simenon.

"It sounds bizarre as we're in September now but it feels almost like this is his second run of the season," said Ed Dunlop.

"He had some problems and we weren't happy with him but he ran well at York and he looks in very good form.

"He has won races on fast ground and softer ground, the only thing he wouldn't want is if it went too soft."

This two-and-a-quarter-mile Group Two is actually even older than the St Leger itself.

Surprisingly, given the traditional depth of staying talent in the stable, it has never been won by Godolphin.

They run Colour Vision, last year's Gold Cup hero, who was only seventh in last year's heat and has essentially failed to arrest a decline since then.

Although fourth back at Royal Ascot, the grey was subsequently well-beaten at Goodwood and York.

Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said: "He has been training well but we would like to have seen the ground quicker as it will turn into a real test."

High Jinx closed the gap between himself and Times Up from York to Doncaster last year and was beaten just a neck here.

James Fanshawe's lightly-raced representative was also runner-up in the Prix du Cadran but has only appeared once so far this term when fourth in the Henry II at Sandown.

The Fanshawe yard has truly hit form over the last month, as has that of David Lanigan.

The Lambourn trainer fields Biographer, who was beaten only by Guarantee in a competitive Melrose Stakes at York last year.

Placed a couple of times earlier this season, the son of Montjeu should be capable of better than his seventh in last month's Geoffrey Freer.

"Some of ours were running a bit below par a little while ago, but we think we've identified the reason why," said Lanigan.

"It's always a worry when you run a horse back first time after that, but this looks like the right spot for him and hopefully the ground will suit."

Chiberta King, who was jumping in the winter, is appearing for the first time since finishing some way behind Biographer in a Listed race at Sandown in June.

Sir Mark Prescott steps Mutual Regard up in class after respectable efforts in handicaps, while an old member of his Heath House stable, Repeater, makes his debut since for David O'Meara, a trainer who has repeatedly been able to revive flagging equine careers.

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