32Red Gold Cup
|Heritage Handicap, Haydock 15:15
6f, Class 2
|Saturday 30th September 2017|
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
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.
32 Red Gold Cup (Heritage Handicap)
£90,000 added, 3yo plus, 6f, Class 2
|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)||3¾||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)||1¼||Get Knotted (IRE) 14/1||P Mulrennan
|6th||(17)||s.h||Johnny Barnes (IRE) (ex5) 5/1||Robert Tart
|J H M Gosden||5|
|7th||(9)||4½||Withernsea (IRE) 10/1||Sammy Jo Bell (3)
|R A Fahey||6|
|8th||(8)||nk||Glenrowan Rose (IRE) 33/1||Connor Beasley
|9th||(13)||nk||Perfect Pasture 66/1||P Makin
|M W Easterby||7|
|10th||(5)||2½||Growl 16/1||G Lee
|R A Fahey||5|
|11th||(10)||5||Shanghai Glory (IRE) 9/1||Callum Shepherd (3)
|12th||(7)||4||Sainted 9/2f||D Tudhope
|W J Haggas||4|
|13th||(12)||3¾||Aeolus 9/1||P Cosgrave
|14th||(1)||3¾||Orion's Bow 25/1||D Allan
|T D Easterby||6|
|15th||(6)||1½||Doc Sportello (IRE) 66/1||George Downing
|A W Carroll||5|
|16th||(3)||9||Kickboxer (IRE) 33/1||D C Costello
|17th||(16)||nk||Rene Mathis (GER) 33/1||Kieran Shoemark
|R A Fahey||7|