Take Sheikh for cup spoils

South Wales Echo - - SERVICES | PROPERTY -

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.

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