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Saddler's Rock Takes Stobart Doncaster Cup

1 Saddler's Rock 11/2
2 Opinion Poll 11/8F
3 Motrice 9/2
NR: Dayia (IRE)
7 ran Distances: 4l, 1¼l, 8l
TIME 3m 49.83s (fast by 1.17s)

John Oxx scored with his first runner in Britain this season on Thursday when Alanza prevailed and he maintained his 100% record as Saddler's Rock ran out an impressive winner of the Stobart Doncaster Cup.

Saddler's Rock
© Caroline Norris

Saddler's Rock
The three-year-old appeared to be the first under pressure turning into the straight on Town Moor, but Niall McCullagh did not panic even though Frankie Dettori appeared to have all options covered on Opinion Poll.

The favourite took over at the head of affairs from Motrice a furlong out, but Saddler's Rock had plenty in the tank and once in the clear, the 11-2 chance rattled home to win by four lengths and looks a big player in the major races next season.

McCullagh said: "He's a very economical little horse and he only does what he has to. When I gave him a squeeze three out he took off, but I didn't want to get there too early. He finished his race off well and he'll be a nice Cup horse next year."

Jimmy O'Neill, Oxx's assistant, added: "He's very relaxed, he just goes through the motions at home.

"He's from the last crop of Sadler's Wells. We've had a few but he's the best. He'll make a cracking Cup horse for next year and we might put him away now."


Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Saddler's Rock
J M Oxx
N G McCullagh
8st 1lbs
11 - 2
Opinion Poll
M Al Zarooni
L Dettori
9st 4lbs
11 - 8
4 lengths
Sir Mark Prescott
P Hanagan
8st 12lbs
9 - 2
1 1/4 length
G L Moore
G Baker
9st 1lbs
12 - 1
8 lengths
C Hills
R Hills
9st 1lbs
12 - 1
1 length
Blue Bajan
D O'Meara
D Tudhope
9st 4lbs
14 - 1
10 lengths
M L W Bell
E Ahern
9st 1lbs
13 - 2
1/2 length
Mrs L Pearce
Jim Crowley
8st 12lbs

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