Take Sheikh for cup spoils
SHEIKHZAYEDROAD can make it back-to-back wins in the Doncaster Cup.
David Simcock’s charge is two from two at the South Yorkshire track and has posted some creditable efforts in defeat so far this campaign, making good late headway in the Lonsdale Cup last time out to finish fourth.
Although he has a few lengths to find with Montaly on that form, the son of Dubawi may just be coming into his own as we approach the autumn, a time of year which proved fruitful for him last season.
The eight-year-old took this race by the narrowest of margins 12 months ago before going on to land the Long Distance Cup on Champions Day, and has proven himself to be effective on soft ground.
Although his trainer is not exactly in red-hot form, this does not look as tricky as some of the races Sheikhzayedroad has contested so far this season.
Three-year-olds have taken four of the last 10 runnings of the William Hill Mallard Handicap and Time To Study is the sole representative of that age group in this year’s renewal.
The son of Motivator ran an absolute belter behind Stradivarius at the Royal meeting in June and backed that up with a solid effort at Haydock on Saturday in desperate conditions.
Mark Johnston is a master at turning horses out quickly and there was a lot to like about how Time To Study stuck to his task once headed on Merseyside.
The soft ground should pose no problems for him and so long as he is over his recent exertions, he can make the most of his light weight.
There have been some big price winners of the Sceptre Stakes in recent years but Eternally looks the perfect fit to buck the trend.
John Gosden’s four-yearold improved at a rate of knots last season and rounded off her campaign with an impressive victory in a Listed contest at Ascot.
The daughter of Dutch Art ran a cracker on her belated reappearance in a Group Three at Glorious Goodwood and looks to have been given the perfect amount of time to recover.
With that run under her belt and the likelihood of soft ground not an issue, Eternally can continue on an upward curve for a trainer who is a dab hand with his fillies.
Heartache can regain the winning thread in the Wainwrights Flying Childers Stakes.
Clive Cox’s speedball was most impressive when sprinting clear of the field in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot before disappointing in the Prix Robert Papin in France last time out.
It has since transpired the daughter of Kyllachy pulled a muscle during that outing and given the winner went on to land the Prix Morny next time out, it does not appear to be a bad run after all.