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  • 15:25 Betfair Cup 7f

  • (registered As The Lennox Stakes) (group 2) £155,000 added 3yo+ 12 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good (Round Course;Good to Firm,Good in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 25.52s
  • Off time: 15:26:10

Cecil'S Lord Up For The Cup

Last Updated: 27/07/10 4:00pm

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A view of Lord Shanakill winning the Betfair Cup.

A view of Lord Shanakill winning the Betfair Cup.

Lord Shanakill reeled in well-backed favourite Dalghar to take top honours in the Group Two Betfair Cup.

Sent off at 13-2 following a confidence-boosting win in Listed company at Chester, the four-year-old was settled in the middle of the pack by Tom Queally before being unleashed with his challenge inside the final two furlongs.

French raider Dalghar looked like landing some hefty bets when taking a couple of lengths out of the field passing the furlong marker, but his run petered out and Lord Shanakill quickened up smartly to score by a head.

Cat Junior finished with a wet sail down the outside of runners to claim the runner-up spot, with Dalghar only third.

Queally said: "He's a classy horse and people forget he's a Group One winner, his class showed today when it mattered.

"We tried him at a mile, he ran in the sprints, but at the end of the day he's a seven-furlong horse. It's a tricky sort of distance because it's in-between and the races aren't there most of the time.

"The last day at Chester did his confidence the world of good. He takes a couple of strides to go through the gears, but once he got there he was flying."

The jockey added: "I think Jamie Spencer's horse (Cat Junior) helped me when he came up because he eyeballed him and found some more.

"It's up to Henry (Cecil) where he goes next, I just do the steering, but I think he deserves another crack at the highest level."Cat Junior's trainer Brian Meehan said: "The front-running tactics worked out in Dubai and we've continued those since coming back until today.

"I'm delighted with his run and thought he would get up. Jamie gave him a great ride and knows him very well.

"There are all the seven-furlong races to go for in the autumn, right the way through to the Prix de la Foret provided the ground is not too soft.

"He's a grand horse, very genuine and the headgear works."

Alain de Royer-Dupre said of third home Dalghar: "He was in front a long time and it's a long straight here and that was the problem.

"Seven furlongs is as far as he'd want to go and we'll think about the Park Stakes at Doncaster next."

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