32Red Gold Cup
Heritage Handicap, Haydock 15:15
£90,000 added,
3yo plus,
6f, Class 2   
Saturday 30th September 2017

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1 Donjuan Triumphant 13/2
2 Stake Aclaim 20/1
3 Ice Age 7/1
4 Mr Lupton 16/1
17 ran Distances: shd, 3¾l, hd
Time: 1m 17.10s (slow by 6.60s)

Donjuan Triumphant catches Stake Acclaim on the line to win

Donjuan Triumphant
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Donjuan Triumphant

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 McDonald, having bounced back to winning form at this circuit 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 short head.

Ice Age and Mr Lupton were third and fourth respectively.

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32 Red Gold Cup (Heritage Handicap)
£90,000 added, 3yo plus, 6f, Class 2
17 ran
Going: Heavy

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (4) Donjuan Triumphant (IRE) (ex5) 13/2 P McDonald
A M Balding 4
2nd (11) s.h Stake Acclaim (IRE) 20/1 Jack Duern (3)
D K Ivory 5
3rd (2) Ice Age (IRE) (ex8) 7/1 Charles Bishop
Eve Johnson Houghton 4
4th (14) hd Mr Lupton (IRE) 16/1 T Hamilton
R A Fahey 4
5th (15) Get Knotted (IRE) 14/1 P Mulrennan
M Dods 5
6th (17) s.h Johnny Barnes (IRE) (ex5) 5/1 Robert Tart
J H M Gosden 5
7th (9) Withernsea (IRE) 10/1 Sammy Jo Bell (3)
R A Fahey 6
8th (8) nk Glenrowan Rose (IRE) 33/1 Connor Beasley
K Dalgleish 4
9th (13) nk Perfect Pasture 66/1 P Makin
M W Easterby 7
10th (5) Growl 16/1 G Lee
R A Fahey 5
11th (10) 5 Shanghai Glory (IRE) 9/1 Callum Shepherd (3)
C Hills 4
12th (7) 4 Sainted 9/2f D Tudhope
W J Haggas 4
13th (12) Aeolus 9/1 P Cosgrave
Ed Walker 6
14th (1) Orion's Bow 25/1 D Allan
T D Easterby 6
15th (6) Doc Sportello (IRE) 66/1 George Downing
A W Carroll 5
16th (3) 9 Kickboxer (IRE) 33/1 D C Costello
M Appleby 6
17th (16) nk Rene Mathis (GER) 33/1 Kieran Shoemark
R A Fahey 7

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