Simcock eyeing Ascot Gold

David Simcock can now start thinking of next year’s Ascot Gold Cup after the hugely progressive Darley Sun pulled five lengths clear of the field in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket.

David Simcock can now start thinking of next year’s Ascot Gold Cup after the hugely progressive Darley Sun pulled five lengths clear of the field in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket.

The statistics have been against three-year-olds in the last decade but after finishing second to Askar Tau in the Doncaster Cup, many people considered the youngster to be a good thing.

He was sent off as the 9-2 favourite in the hands of teenager Andrea Atzeni, who took a further 3lb off the back of an already generous 8st 9lb.

The Sardinian remained composed and put Darley Sun in front at the furlong pole before he quickened clear.

David Pipe’s Mamlook (14-1) stormed home to deprive the Barney Curley-trained Sereth of second.

“It’s just a relief,” said Simcock.

“We knew all the positives in our favour but all I have been thinking about in the last five days is the things that can go wrong.

“He stays extremely well, that is his greatest asset, and when he saw daylight today he just stayed on.

“Next season he will be aimed for the Cup races, with the Ascot Gold Cup as his ultimate target.”

Darley Sun could clash with Akmal next year after 9-4 favourite provided John Dunlop with his 250th winner at Newmarket when making all the running in the Jockey Club Cup.

Dunlop said: “My first winner here was a horse called Tamino in the Palace House Stakes and that was my first ever winner also.

“I hate to say that was back in 1966!

“This horse started very humbly but he went on and on. That’s the end of him for this year and we’ll have to look at an ambitious Cup campaign next year.”

Music Show leapt into the Classic picture by springing a 25-1 surprise in the Lotus Evora Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket.

Ladbrokes and William Hill introduced the Mick Channon-trained filly into the betting at 16-1 for the 1000 Guineas after she floored the odds-on Tabassum in this Group Two contest over seven furlongs.

“We don’t really know what happened at Ayr last time but everything went wrong, she just didn’t run her race,” said trainer Mick Channon.

“Tony Culhane rides her and he always thought she was a very good filly, so at least we know where we are going now.

“I booked Kieren two weeks ago so we knew we were going to get him. It’s unfortunate for Tony but it is what Jaber (Abdullah, owner) wanted.”

French challenger Ashalanda (11-2) got up in the last stride to deny Crystal Capella back-to-back victories in the Pride Stakes under Christophe Lemaire.

Winning handler Alain de Royer-Dupre said: “As soon as I saw the race in the Programme Book, I knew I was going to run her and she is a lovely filly, a new star.

“She showed she can stay long distances and she goes on any ground. Christophe just said she is very strong and was quite difficult to move.

“I don’t know if she’ll stay in training but she is a fresh filly and she could well go to Hong Kong.”

Johnny Murtagh got first run on the opposition to take the Victor Chandler Challenge Stakes on Arabian Gleam (7-1).

Murtagh said: “Credit to Jeremy, he said he was in good shape and he was.

“He’s a good servant to the yard. This is his time of year and Doncaster is usually his race (Park Stakes) but he missed out there – thankfully he made up for it today.”

Noseda added: “He’s a big horse and he tries hard. He’s a delight to have in the yard and I’m delighted to see him win again.

“He’s keeps going and he tries awful hard and he had the turn of foot when he tactically needed it.”

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