Pallasator is Cup king for Sir Mark Prescott at Doncaster
Friday 11 September 2015
The giant Pallasator galloped on remorselessly to claim the Socialites E-Cigarettes Expert Doncaster Cup.
Sir Mark Prescott's talented but quirky six-year-old was up to his old tricks before the start, giving Andrea Atzeni a hard time as he tried to get him down to the start.
However, he was as good as gold once the stalls opened and always appeared in a good rhythm behind his pacesetting stable companion William Of Orange.
The latter remained in front heading inside the final three furlongs before Pallasator took over with plenty still in the tank.
Royal Ascot winner Clondaw Warrior came out of the pack to lay down a challenge late on, but Prescott's charge was not for catching and came home three-quarters of a length to the good.
Clondaw Warrior ran an excellent race in second, bouncing back from a disappointing effort when joint-favourite for the Ebor at York last month.
Last year Chester Cup hero Suegioo came from a long way back to grab third.
Atzeni said: "We know what he's like - he can be a bit quirky before the race, but once the stalls open he's very professional.
"He travelled well and I got a lovely lead into the race. I probably got there sooner than I wanted, but I had to commit when I did.
"He was getting a little bit lonely in front, but he was on a going day today."
A tilt at the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot (October 17) on a showpiece card sponsored by his owner Sheikh Fahad appears the likely next port of call for Pallasator.
Sheikh Fahad said: "He's quirky, but very talented. Sir Mark's done a great job and to get him to the start was something to see as well!
"As long as he gets to Champions Day, we'll be happy. He picks up at this time of the year. He did last year as well.
"It is frustrating, but with horses you have wait until they are right and patience is rewarded."
The owner's racing manager David Redvers said: "It worked out beautifully. He ran all the way to the line.
"It's amazing how much he sweats. It looks like he's thrown the race beforehand, but well done to Sir Mark and all the team.
"He's just a funny stick. Who knows what goes on in his mind?"
Ruby Walsh, representing trainer Willie Mullins, was pleased with the performance of runner-up Clondaw Warrior and the fifth home, Simenon.
"It was a career-best (from Clondaw Warrior). A Group Two is a big step up from a handicap," said Walsh.
"He left the Ebor behind him and now maybe the Prix du Cadran.
"Simenon also ran a much better race today than he did in York."
Suegioo's trainer Marco Botti said: "It was a good performance. He ran up to his mark of 107.
"We will probably go to Ascot on Champions Day. I think he will prefer a little more give in the ground. It has dried up a little bit."