By HRI Foreign Staff — Friday September 10 is Doncaster Cup Day and that’s just the lull before the storm with the St Leger taking place the following day.
The Doncaster Cup is a Group 2 race for horses aged three years and over and first run in 1766. It’s going to be a battle of the stayers with this race being run over two miles and two furlongs.
The winner of this race takes home £62,381 and the ground is forecast to be Good to Firm. In 2020, the Doncaster Cup saw a three-length win by Spanish Mission trained by Andrew Balding.
This year sees the seven-year-old Stradivarius as the odds-on favourite to win this race. Currently available at odds of 4/6, this John and Thany Gosden runner is attempting to win a third race out of four this year, reports bet365 horse racing platform and offers free bets to all new customers from the UK.
A win in this race will be the second time in three years that Stradivarius has won the Doncaster Cup. You can place a bet on a potential champion with several UK bookies to enhance Doncuster Cup betting odds and improve chances of winning the bet.
2021 has seen wins in the Group 3 Longines Sagaro Stakes at Newmarket overcoming a 193 day break. No Ascot Gold Cup win this year, finishing only fourth but jockey Frankie Dettori complained that his mount was denied a clear run. Stradivarius got back into winning ways at York on August 21 beating Spanish Mission.
The second favourite for the Doncaster Cup is Trueshan who is trained by Alan King. This runner has to give 2lbs to Stradivarius so that makes the task of beating the favourite even harder.
The five-year-old was a winner last time out, being successful in the Group 1 Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup Stakes on July 27. That was over two furlongs less and on soft ground. Trueshan was running on well in the final furlong so shouldn’t be worried about this extra distance. BBC Sport
Before the win at Goodwood, Trueshan finished sixth in the Class 2 William Hill Northumberland Plate Handicap but was conceding a lot of weight in that race. The last win for Trueshan before the recent success was last October in a Group 2 race at Ascot.
This will be the first time this runner has taken place in a race on Good to Firm ground. It’s also the longest distance this runner has had to face but at 7/2 the trusted experts believe there is a good chance of success if the favourite isn’t on top form.
Anthony Mullins has Princess Zoe entered for this race. Currently available at odds of 7/1, tis runner won a Group 1 race at Longchamp last October over two miles and four furlongs. After being unplaced in two Listed races this year, Princess Zoe has had a couple of second place finishes.
The first of those was in the Ascot Gold Cup on Good to Firm ground with Stradivarius back in fourth. Princess Zoe is 3lbs better in the weights with the favourite but remember Stradivarius did have problems in running on that occasion.
Most recently, Princess Zoe was second in the St Leger trial held over a mile and six furlongs. Back up in distance, the HorseRaceInsider.com foreign staff feels a good run is likely on Friday.