Tri­umphant strikes gold seven days late

Sunday Sun - - Racing -

DONJUAN Tri­umphant lunged late to claim a last-gasp suc­cess in the 32Red Gold Cup at Hay­dock.

The £90,000 con­test was a late ad­di­tion to the pro­gramme on Mersey­side, re­plac­ing the pres­ti­gious Ayr Gold Cup, which was aban­doned last Sat­ur­day due to a wa­ter­logged track in Scot­land.

The race had a dif­fer­ent look to it seven days on, with a field of 17 rather than 25 go­ing to post, but it was nev­er­the­less a com­pet­i­tive heat.

The An­drew Bald­ing-trained Donjuan Tri­umphant was a 13-2 chance in the hands of PJ

Donjuan Tri­umphant rid­den by P J McDon­ald en­ters the pa­rade ring after win­ning McDon­ald, hav­ing bounced back to win­ning form at Hay­dock a lit­tle over three weeks ago.

Stake Ac­claim, who like Donjuan Tri­umphant was in the line-up at Ayr last week, looked set to pre­vail after kick­ing for home, but Bald­ing’s charge even­tu­ally wore him down and the pair flashed by the post al­most as one.

After a brief wait, the judge con­firmed Donjuan Tri­umphant had got up by a short­head.

Ice Age and Mr Lup­ton were third and fourth re­spec­tively.

Bald­ing was su­per­vis­ing his run­ners at New­mar­ket from where he said: “I am de­lighted with him. He missed the break which was not ideal, but in the cir­cum­stances PJ gave him an ex­cel­lent ride and he de­served to win a race like that.

“He ran in the Ste­wards’ Cup and he was a bit un­lucky there. He is a handy horse and he is in on Cham­pi­ons’ Day.

“He loves this soft ground so we might well have a go in the Sprint as he had some very good form for Richard (Fa­hey) in top-class sprints.

“We might just see how we go. I was cer­tainly con­fi­dent he had an­other good race in him.”

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