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Doncaster

  • 14:20 Stobart Doncaster Cup 2m 2f

  • (British Champions Series) (Group 2) £100,000 added 3yo+ 10 ran
  • Winner £56,710 2nd £21,500 3rd £10,760 4th £5,360
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 58.11s
  • Off time: 14:20:28

Emotional success for Times Up

Emotional success for dual Cup hero

Last Updated: 14/09/12 3:17pm

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Times Up: Completed a Cup double

Times Up: Completed a Cup double

Times Up won the Stobart Doncaster Cup, just one day after his trainer John Dunlop announced his retirement.

The current campaign had been one of the worst in the 46 year career of the Master of Castle Stables but Times Up's victory in last month's Lonsdale Cup had signalled an upturn in his fortunes.

The six year old provided the Arundel handler with another memorable success when just having enough in hand to repel the late lunge of High Jinx by a neck in the two mile two furlong Group Two.

With the exception of Never Can Tell, who broke down badly, the field were tightly bunched in the long Town Moor straight with Aaim To Prosper having set a steady gallop from the off.

Not The End

Eddie Ahern always had the son of Olden Times well placed and that proved crucial as he got first run on the runner-up who was trapped in a pocket on the rail but made up ground hand over fist once in the clear.

Saddler's Rock failed to settle for the second race in succession and again disappointed while Colour Vision weakened out of contention having tracked the pace throughout and it was left to Hurricane Higgins to take third, a length and a quarter behind the principals.

Dunlop said: "I'm thrilled. He's a good staying horse and he's got a very appropriate name too. Mind, it's not the end yet!"

He went on: "He was travelling very well up the straight but I was a bit worried as they went no pace at all.

"He was very relaxed and he's quickened up well. He's in very good form.

"It's not easy to find races for him, we ran him at Ascot last season but I don't think he likes going right-handed. Having said that he only just got beaten a head at Longchamp last year so he may go for the Cadran.

"I've had a lot of luck here, won this race, the Leger and the November Handicap a few times, in fact this horse won the November Handicap."

Absolutely Perfect

Ahern said: "I said before the race wouldn't it be fantastic if he could go out on a big one - this feels like a big one.

"The key to him is he travels so well. He was going so well two furlongs out and you can pick your spots."

"Absolutely perfect. Everything went to plan, the pace of the race was a little bit slow but I was closer to the pace for that reason.

"In the last three furlongs everything was under control. He was giving me a really good feel and was filling me with confidence.

"It was just a matter of waiting for the furlong pole to really let him go and see what was there" added Ahern.

"I was very confident. I've given him a couple of backhanders and he's picked up. He's galloped to the line.

"It's a pity I came to England 10 years ago. If I'd have come 20 years ago I might have got to see all John's amazing horses.

"Since I came here he's been a massive supporter, always stuck by me. I never got jocked off a horse."

Fanshawe Delight

Trainer James Fanshawe was delighted with the efforts of the runner up High Jinx.

He said: "I was really pleased with the way he switched off when there was a lack of pace early.

"He had learned from York (when second to Times Up) and is starting to get it all together. He's going to be an exciting prospect for next year in these big staying races.

"We'll see how he is, but he's had a fairly light campaign and either the Prix du Cadran or the Long Distance Cup at Ascot will be possibilities."

Sky Bet make Times Up an 8/1 chance from 12/1 for next season's Ascot Gold Cup while they also cut Repeater - who had travelled strongly before weakening into fourth - to 10/1 from 25/1 for next month's Cesarewitch.

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