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Distinction Fails In Doncaster Cup
Leading British 6YO gelded stayer & prominent Melbourne Cup candidate Distinction (Danehill-Ivy Leaf, by Nureyev) finished a disappointing 2nd last on unsuitable "rain-softened ground" in England's £100,000 Gr2 Doncaster Cup overnight, reported racingpost.co.uk. Distinction (trained by Sir Michael Stoute & 6th in last year's Gr1 Melbourne Cup) is currently among the top 6 choices in early betting for this year's race at $13 with Colin Tidy's HorseBet.com.au following 3 strong UK staying performances in recent months: 2nd in the Gr2 Lonsdale Cup (2 miles) at York; victory in the Gr2 Goodwood Cup (2 miles): & runner-up in the Gr1 Ascot Gold Cup (2.5 miles). Harry Herbert (racing manager for owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing) confirmed the Melbourne Cup remains Distinction's target (he goes into quarantine on September 17) & summed up: "He just can't act on this round. Kieren Fallon (jockey) said he didn't act on it." The race was won by veteran stayer Millenary (ridden by Richard Quinn for trainer John Dunlop) who powered home "from last-to-first in thrilling style" in the straight; Millenary (who won the UK St Leger 5 years ago) had also beaten Distinction in the Lonsdale Cup last month. Millenary defeated Sergeant Cecil (winner of this season's Northumberland Plate & Ebor) & Kasthari (with whom Millenary had dead-heated in this race last year).