Oxx’s Rock up for the Cup

JOHN Oxx maintained his 100% record in Britain this season courtesy of a taking success for Saddler’s Rock in the Stobart Doncaster Cup yesterday.

In the wake of Alanza continuing her rapid progression in a Group Three on Town Moor 24 hours earlier, it was a surprise punters allowed Saddler’s Rock, from the last crop of possibly the greatest sire of all time, Sadler’s Wells, to go off at 11-2.

Unraced at two, he had been progressive this season and was a close third behind Fictional Account and none other than Fame And Glory in a trial for the Irish St Leger.

It was not all plain sailing, and Saddler’s Rock was first off the bridle, but even when Frankie Dettori was apparently sat with a double handful on the favourite Opinion Poll, Niall McCullagh had not asked for everything on Saddler’s Rock.

When he did the response was immediate and he shot clear of Goodwood and Lonsdale Cup winner Opinion Poll to score by four lengths.

“He‘s a very economical little horse and he only does what he has to,” said McCullagh.

“When I gave him a squeeze three-out he took off but I didn‘t want to get there too early.

“He finished his race off well and he‘ll be a nice Cup horse next year.”

David Wachman’s Requinto was well fancied for the Nunthorpe last month but ran no sort of a race when 15th behind Margot Did.

However, back against his own age group and probably more importantly racing on a firmer surface, the 100-30 favourite bounced back to winning ways in the Polypipe Flying Childers.

The Dansili colt showed a smart turn of foot a furlong from home to take a length out of the field and though Burwaaz was closing with every stride, Wayne Lordan‘s mount held on by a short head.

Lordan said: “He‘s very progressive and he jumped and travelled and really put his head down when I asked him. Five furlongs is his trip and fast ground is the key.”

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