Doncaster Cup Preview – Our 1-2-3 Prediction For Sunday’s Group 2 At Doncaster

There’s sadly no Stradivarius in the race this year, but it still should be a fantastic race nonetheless! We’ve studied all eight runners chances to give our 1-2-3 prediction for the rescheduled Group 2 on Sunday.


1st – Trueshan

Providing the ground is soft enough and he actually runs, this really should be TRUESHAN’s for the taking. He is comfortably clear on official ratings, and is one of the best stayers of his generation, and with this race lacking any serious challengers he can land the Doncaster Cup at the first time of asking.

Only two horses have beaten him since July 2021, and both were in his most recent run. Kyrpios and Stradivarius gave him his first taste of defeat in over fourteen months in the Goodwood Cup, but they are probably the top two horses in the staying division so there’s no shame in that!

Before that, he made a winning return on seasonal reappearance in the Listed Further Flight Stakes at Nottingham, with Quickthorn three lengths back in second (who has since won the Lonsdale Cup), before putting in a monumental effort to win the Northumberland Plate off 10st 8lbs – a record winning weight in the race.

There is nothing of that quality in this race, with the likeliest danger being Coltrane, who finished behind him in the Goodwood Cup and we see no reason to see that form reversed. Trueshan should take the world of beating and can resume winning ways in comfortable fashion.


2nd – Coltrane

If anyone is going to put it up to Trueshan in this field, it’s surely going to be COLTRANE. After finishing just over three lengths behind him in the Goodwood Cup, it’s unlikely he will reverse that form but he certainly has the best credentials to do so. 

Had he been ridden more prominently that day, there’s every chance he would have finished closer. That fourth is the best piece of form on offer here to take on the market leader, and although disappointing in the Lonsdale Cup last time out, he can chase home the favourite again here. 

A repeat of his Coral Marathon effort when bolting up by ten lengths should be enough to guarantee a place in this field, but it’s likely he will again be no match for Trueshan and the runner-up position is probably the best on offer for him.


3rd – Stratum

Willie Mullins and Ryan Moore teamed up to win this in 2018 with Thomas Hobson, and they team up this year with STRATUM, who looks overpriced in the betting.

He has stamina in abundance, as proved when winning the last two renewals of the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot. He got the better of Reshoun in this year’s renewal, and that was despite being 3lb heavier than that rival. They meet here on level terms, so we expect those placings to remain the same in this. 

Stratum is more than capable of performing in big races, as evident when runner-up in the Lonsdale Cup in 2020 and winning the Cesarewitch in 2019. He proved his class in the Queen Alexandra again this year, and although he may be no match for Trueshan, he looks excellent value at 16/1 to run into a place!


RACING TIPS PREDICTION

1st – Trueshan

2nd – Coltrane

3rd – Stratum