Review of the action from Friday's meeting at Doncaster

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Thomas Hobson gets the better of Max Dynamite
Thomas Hobson gets the better of Max Dynamite

A review of the action from Friday's meeting at Doncaster where Willie Mullins saddled a one-two in the feature race.

Mullins pair up for the Cup

Thomas Hobson and Max Dynamite are set for the Melbourne Cup after providing Willie Mullins and his leading owner Rich Ricci with a one-two in the Doncaster Cup.

Thomas Hobson, runner-up to Desert Skyline in last year's renewal of the Group Two contest, was the 2/1 favourite to go one better under Ryan Moore, who settled his mount at the rear of the field for much of the two-and-a-quarter-mile journey.

Max Dynamite, best known for his narrow defeat in the 2015 Melbourne Cup, was ridden a little more prominently by Andrea Atzeni and quickened to lead approaching the final two furlongs.

However, Moore covered the move aboard the strong-travelling Thomas Hobson and while his stablemate did not go down without a fight, the market leader always looked the stronger and won the battle by a cosy half a length.

The pair were seven lengths clear of Sheikhzayedroad in third.

Mullins was at Listowel, where he said: "We had thought both horses were working better at home than they had been running, so it's great to see their home work coming out in them.

"I doubt they'll run before the Melbourne Cup, but I haven't spoken to Rich yet. I imagine that books their tickets there. I imagine Thomas Hobson winning will put him way up the order of entry, as they call it there, and last year he got in - he was sixth last year from a draw which was way-out wide.

"Hurdling is not on either horses' agenda at the moment and we'll play their Flat cards while they are young eight-year-olds!"

Regarding holding on to Moore's services in Melbourne, Mullins said "Ballydoyle might have a few more entries this year, so we'll see."

David Simcock said of Sheikhzayedroad and also Algometer, who was fourth: "I was pleased, Algometer just lost a bit of momentum slightly.

"I've got a feeling he'll be a nice two-miler, especially next year when we can set our stall out and start somewhere like the Sagaro. Sheikhzayedroad will probably have one more run, but he'll be better for having that under his belt."

Flying success for Soldiers

Soldier's Call made every yard of the running to rout his rivals in the Wainwrights Flying Childers Stakes.

Winner of the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, Archie Watson's charge was always in control of proceedings here under Danny Tudhope and was a length-and-a-half clear of his toiling rivals at the furlong pole.

The 4/1 charge was never threatened from there, passing the post two-and-a-quarter lengths clear of Well Done Fox (10/1) and Gossamer Wings (9/1).

Favourite Rumble Inthejungle finished a tailed off last of nine runners.

Watson said: "You've got to be delighted. He's a very, very quick two-year-old. We've always held him in very high regard. Obviously, Goodwood was a little bit disappointing - but he's gone out and won a Group Three in a very quick time in France and backed up here within 13 days, and he's absolutely blitzed them today.

"He's now a Group Three winner and a Group Two winner - so I think it's got to be Group Ones."

Assessing plans, Watson said: "His two options are one or both of the Abbaye, getting the two-year-old allowance at Longchamp on October 6, and the new race at the Breeders' Cup, the Juvenile Turf Sprint, which is five-and-a-half (furlongs) at Churchill Downs."

Star Murphy strikes again

Oisin Murphy continued his fine form as he rode Dancing Star to a hard-fought success in the Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster.

Andrew Balding's five-year-old, back in the winner's enclosure for the first time since the 2016 Stewards' Cup, got the better of a duel with Eirene to prevail by three-quarters of a length. All Out was a further length-and-three-quarters back in third.

Pepita led the far-side group for much of the seven-furlong Group Three contest, the opening race on day three of the St Leger meeting on Town Moor, before Dancing Star and Dean Ivory's runner-up eyeballed each other.

Murphy's mount, a 7-2 shot, quickened up best to finish with a little in hand on the line.

"Winning Group races is important for these fillies, and at least she's got one now," said the jockey. "She's very tough and has plenty of talent. Andrew said I could make the running if needs be, but I wanted to give her something to aim at."

Ivory said of the runner-up: "I'm very, very pleased with the filly today. She's bounced back to the way she was at the beginning of the year. Definitely the softish ground helped. Now if we hit a bit of form we'll think of going abroad, where the soft ground is."

Dancing Star battles to victory at Doncaster
Dancing Star battles to victory at Doncaster

King star arrives Just In Time

Just In Time (12-1) lived up to his name in the William Hill Mallard Handicap when denying the game Austrian School in the dying strides.

Alan King's four-year-old was an easy winner at Goodwood last time out, but was expected to find things tougher upped in class. Martin Harley delivered him late down the outside and Austrian School had to make do with a place once again.

"I didn't want to get there too soon, but I didn't plan on leaving it that late," said Harley. "Alan has been good to me so it's nice to ride him a big winner."

Owner Henry Ponsonby said: "I backed him for the Cesarewitch before today and I'd imagine that's where he'll go now.

"I bought him for 20,000 euros just after Brexit when nobody wanted to spend any money. Alan's just bought a relative who topped the sale. His big aim will be the Sky Bet Ebor next year."

Just In Time (far side) edges out Austrian School
Just In Time (far side) edges out Austrian School

Sang a star in the making

Sangarius maintained his unbeaten record with an assured victory in the Weatherbys Global Stallions App Flying Scotsman Stakes.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained juvenile made a big impression when making a winning debut at Newmarket last month and was an 11/10 favourite stepped up to a Listed class for a race won by the great Frankel in the same colours eight years ago.

This son of Kingman travelled powerfully for much of the seven furlongs and quickened up smartly without being asked for maximum effort by Ryan Moore to score comfortably by two and a quarter lengths from Dubai Dominion.

Sangarius holds entries in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on October 13 and the newly-named Vertem Futurity Trophy - formerly the Racing Post Trophy - back at Doncaster on October 27.

Moore said: "He won nicely on debut and obviously today there was a lot going on for him, but he has a great attitude and hopefully he'll be a real nice horse next year."

There was a tragic incident before the off after Karl Burke's Commanding Officer, winner of the valuable Convivial Maiden at York's Ebor Festival last month, became upset in the stalls, leading to a significant delay as he was attended to. It later emerged he had suffered a fatal injury.

Doncaster tweeted: "We can confirm that following an unfortunate incident ahead of race 5, Commanding Officer suffered a fatal injury.

"Our thanks go to the veterinary and stalls teams for their immediate assistance, and our condolences to all connections."


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