Former jockey and Sky Sports Racing analyst Freddie Tylicki gives his verdict on Friday’s feature race, the Betfred Doncaster Cup, live on Sky Sports Racing.
Jockey: Oisin Murphy | Coach: AM Balding
Coltrane is a true warrior who wins his races by eventually overcoming tough battles with the opponent. He won this contest last year by beating the strong Good-to-Fine Trochan after a four-furlong duel on his home straight.
He has only been on three tours so far this season and is going into this season in the best possible form having won the Lonsdale Cup at York on his last outing and that was always his goal. Coltrane’s rating remains consistent at 117 all season and he is versatile when it comes to the ground.
Contacts have only brought him here once, so he has a 100% strike rate on Town Moor. He is a horse I like very much, and I consider him a great player.
R. L. Moore | A. B. O’Brien
A wonderful horse that has danced all over the world including Japan, France, America and the United Arab Emirates. He has won nine times in total and has won more than £2.1 million in prize money for his owners M Matsushima, Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derek Smith.
He has a Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on his CV as well as this year’s Dubai 2m Gold Cup, where he has shown that he enjoys a wonderfully relaxing ride and gives himself every chance of staying put on such a long ride. The connections gave him the chance to run in the Ascot Gold Cup but 2m4f was too far for him. Ground is not a concern, but his best form comes over shorter distances and 1m4f is probably where he is at his best.
Broome comes into this as the underdog having been beaten fair and square by Coltrane in the Lonsdale Cup at York last time out and needing to find eight lengths. Ryan Moore, Ballydoyle’s first jockey, leads the ride.
3. William the Beautiful
R Havlin | J&T Gosden
Very consistent in 2023 for owner Philippa Cooper. His figure reads 21112 including the rookie win here on 1m4f. His disability score went from 85 to 103 and since the communications had flashed him, he didn’t look back, or did they?
He has a tendency to lose concentration if he hits the lead too early. Rap Havlin who knows him inside out reported it but clearly got a great tune from it. With that in mind, he will have to play his cards very late on a horse that moves through the gears very easily, so from the rider’s point of view, Rapp will have to maintain the turn speed without demanding maximum effort until the last furlong.
This sounds easy but it can be somewhat difficult in the survival race. He is the least experienced runner in this lineup but that will not hold him back in any way. Elegant Type was beaten by half a length at Ebor by over 1m 6ft on his final outing and, in my opinion, is not yet in the final article. Sweet William is open to further improvement and is the person I would choose to ride.
4. The greatest vision
R Kingscote | Ian Williams
The oldest competitor in the lineup is nine years old. He is currently rated 93 and has won five times from 39 starts and has a lot to do on paper. He was third for the Spanish delegation in this year 2020. He has not worked in the group company since finishing last in this year 2021.
A fun horse to socialize with who will hopefully have a great day on the Town Moor and perhaps collect some money with him. Grand Visir likes to dictate to you from the front which is your speed angle.
Holly Doyle | king
He has been a great servant to Alan King his coach and the owners of Singula Partership. He has now won more than £1.5 million in prize money, including three Qipco British Long Distance Champions Cups, the Prix du Cadran and the Goodwood Cup.
This was the horse of a lifetime in terms of connections, and he started the year with a good second at Nottingham to Rajinski followed by a seven-length defeat to Coltrane in the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot. Things didn’t go well that day from the rider’s point of view and we haven’t seen him since. He was given 135 days off as he was declared a non-runner in the Ascot Gold Cup due to the hard ground. The softer the ground the better for him.
He also had surgery, which nowadays is not a major procedure on horses depending on what type you need to do. They can work wonders, and I hope they did in this case. The seven-year-old has a huge following, and if the forecast rains, this boy will give it a good try. Claims every direction.
Referee Freddy Teleki
This will be a tactical issue as most people want to get the lead in their races. The only speed corner is The Grand Visir and he can be left alone at the front dictating his own fractions.
If this happens, Trochan and Coltrane will have trouble trying to reach top speed in the allotted time, and this could leave the door wide open for Broome and the only four-year-old in the lineup, Sweet William, who travels through his gear for fun but must Being delivered late because he can look around if he gets to the front soon.
I am with Beautiful William to win and Coltrane to finish second in what looks to be a Doncaster Cup full of quality.
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