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  • 14:40 Dfs Doncaster Cup 2m 2f

  • (group 2) £100,000 added 3yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Firm (Round Course: Good to Firm, Good in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 2.64s
  • Off time: 14:41:28

Cup King Askar Tau Has The Answers

By Martin Kelly, Press Association Sport.   Last Updated: 11/09/09 5:05pm

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Moore powers Askar Tau home at Doncaster.

Moore powers Askar Tau home at Doncaster.

Ryan Moore immediately hit form on his return from an enforced holiday by partnering Askar Tau to a last-gasp victory in the DFS Doncaster Cup on Town Moor.

While Kieren Fallon last week stole the headlines with his own comeback, the reigning champion jockey had to sit out an eight-day suspension.

But Moore again illustrated his indisputable class with a never-say-die ride aboard Marcus Tregoning's new kid on the staying block.

The four-year-old rattled off a five-timer last summer, and has again slipped into the winning groove this year - albeit at a much higher level.

The 5-2 chance stepped into the top staying bracket when landing the Lonsdale Cup last month, and followed up with more of the same to put down a serious marker for next year's Gold Cup.

Moore was blocked in approaching the two-furlong marker, and took a brave route up the inner to peg back Darley Sun and score by a neck.

Tregoning said: "He is getting better and better and is a proper horse.

"He is improving all of the time and will be even better next year. It is exciting to have a good stayer.

"He extricated himself there from an extremely difficult position and picked up well - I always thought he was going to get there and if he had gone earlier than he would have won easily.

"I think we will look at the Cadran next, and he will probably run as there is not much else for him.

"Heavy or soft ground would be an unknown but he should handle it.

"The idea is that he will win the Gold Cup next year."

He added of the jockey: "Ryan has just come back from a holiday so he was fit and up for it."

Askar Tau was just the star rider's third ride back from suspension.

Moore, who also won the May Hill Stakes aboard Pollenator, said: "It is nice to have a winner after eight days off.

"He got me out of trouble there. I could have gone on three furlongs out but I didn't want to go that early.

"He was better than he was the last day, and I hope that he can carry on improving.

"Apart from Patkai and Yeats, there aren't too many stayers around, and he now deserves to have a crack at a Group One."

Connections of runner-up Darley Sun, trained by David Simcock, were thrilled.

Jenni Simcock, the trainer's wife, said: "David thought that he was entitled to take his chance in this, rather than carry top weight in the Mallard - and he was right.

"We think he's going to be a nice horse next year and although he is in the Cesarewitch, I don't really know what David will do with him."

Sponsors totesport are taking no chances and make him the 8-1 favourite for the second leg of the autumn double.

Mick Kinane took charge of 13-8 favourite Geordieland for the first time, but the partnership failed to get off to the best of starts and were a further three lengths adrift in third.

Trainer Jamie Osborne said: "They were all there with a chance about two out, which suggests they didn't go a very strong pace - a stronger pace suits him better.

"I thought he was in with a squeak at one stage and I'd like to run him again this season.

"I wouldn't mind having a go at the Breeders' Cup Marathon because they'll go quick, and that will suit him.

"We'll also have a look at the French race (the Prix du Cadran at Longchamp)."

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