Doncaster Cup
Group 2, Doncaster 15:35
£100,000 added,
3yo plus,
2m 2f, Class 1    
Friday 14th September 2018

1 Thomas Hobson 2/1F
2 Max Dynamite 8/1
3 Sheikhzayedroad 5/1
8 ran Distances: ½l, 7l, ½l
Time: 3m 53.17s (slow by 3.17s)

Thomas Hobson
© Caroline Norris

Thomas Hobson
Thomas Hobson, second in last year's race, came from the back of the field and negotiated a congested pack to set up a thrilling sprint finish.

Ridden by Ryan Moore, he surged through the closing stages of the two-mile-two-furlong race to overcome 8-1 stablemate Max Dynamite and win by half a length.

Nine-year-old Sheikzayedroad was seven lengths back in third.

Max Dynamite, narrowly beaten in the 2015 Melbourne Cup, quickened to lead approaching the final two furlongs with Andrea Atzeni onboard.

But Thomas Hobson finished superbly and edged in front by the winning post.

Both horses, owned by Rich Ricci, are now set for Australia's most prestigious race, the Melbourne Cup, on 6 November.

Mullins was at the Listowel meeting in Ireland while the one-two came in at Doncaster, but said: "We had thought both horses were working better at home than they had been running, so it's great to see their homework coming out in them.

"I doubt they'll run before the Melbourne Cup, but I haven't spoken to Rich yet. I imagine [this result] books their tickets there.

"I imagine Thomas Hobson winning will put him way up the order of entry, as they call it there, and last year he got in - he was sixth last year from a draw which was way-out wide."

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Doncaster Cup
(British Champions Series) (Group 2)
£100,000 added, 3yo plus, 2m 2f, Class 1
8 ran
Going: Good to Soft

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (6) Thomas Hobson 2/1f R L Moore
9-5
W P Mullins 8
2nd (8) ½ Max Dynamite (FR) 8/1 Andrea Atzeni
9-5
W P Mullins 8
3rd (4) 7 Sheikhzayedroad 5/1 M Harley
9-5
D M Simcock 9
4th (1) ½ Algometer 8/1 Oisin Murphy
9-5
D M Simcock 5
5th (2) Saunter (FR) 10/3 James Doyle
9-5
Ian Williams 5
6th (3) Renneti (FR) 10/1 L Dettori
9-5
W P Mullins 9
7th (7) nk Lord Yeats 12/1 G Lee
9-5
Jedd O'Keeffe 5
8th (5) 12 Jukebox Jive (FR) 33/1 J Fanning
9-5
A J Honeyball 4

RECENT WINNERS
Year Horse Trainer Jockey Owner SP

2017 Desert Skyline
2016 Sheikhzayedroad D M Simcock Martin Harley Mohammed Jaber 10/3
2014 Estimate Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore The Queen 11/8 fav
2013 Times Up Ed Dunlop Ryan Moore Mrs I Stewart & M Meacock 3/1
2012 Times Up John Dunlop Eddie Ahern Mrs I Stewart & M Meacock 5/1
2011 Saddler’s Rock John Oxx IRE Niall McCullagh Michael O’Flynn 11/2
2010 Samuel John Gosden William Buick Normandie Stud Ltd 5/1
2009 Askar Tau Marcus Tregoning Ryan Moore Nurlan Bizakov 5/2
2008 Honolulu Aidan O’Brien IRE Johnny Murtagh Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor 15/8 fav
2007 Septimus Aidan O'Brien IRE Johnny Murtagh Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor 11/10 fav
2006 Sergeant Cecil Rod Millman Frankie Dettori Terry Cooper Evens fav
2005 Millenary John Dunlop Richard Quinn Neil Jones 11/4
2004 DH Kasthari Howard Johnson Johnny Murtagh Elliott Bros 14/1
DH Millenary John Dunlop Richard Quinn Neil Jones 7/1
2003 Persian Punch David Elsworth Martin Dwyer Jeff Smith 3/1
2002 Boreas Luca Cumani Jamie Spencer Aston House Stud 7/2
2001 Alleluia Sir Mark Prescott Jamie Mackay Sonia Rogers 14/1
2000 Enzeli John Oxx IRE Johnny Murtagh H H Aga Khan 15/2
1999 Far Cry Martin Pipe Kevin Darley Nicky Chambers 6/1

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