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Cup gold in sight.

Sergeant cecil can raise the roof with a second rousing triumph at York in less than three weeks by lifting the Group Two GNER Doncaster Cup tomorrow (3.15).

The popular seven-year-old wore down long-timer leader Franklins Gardens to take the Lonsdale Cup over two miles last month and will be even harder to beat over an extra two furlongs this time.

Rod Millman's pride and joy is no stranger to York, having finished runner-up in the Yorkshire Cup in May and winning the Ebor, the middle leg of his historic staying handicap treble, in 2005.

Not surprisingly, Allegretto found dual Classic heroine Alexandrova too strong in the Yorkshire Oaks here last month but she can gain her just reward in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Park Hill Stakes (2.40).

However, finishing third to Aidan O'Brien's ace was a cracking trial for this Group Two race.

Winner of the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock in July, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly should be suited by the step up to a mile and three-quarters as her dam Alleluia won the Doncaster Cup in 2001.

Wi Dud should relish the drop back to the minimum trip in the Persimmon Homes Flying Childers Stakes (2.05) after just failing to last home in the Gimcrack Stakes over six furlongs at the Ebor meeting.

Kevin Ryan's youngster looked like winning when hitting the front over a furlong out but he had no answer to Conquest's late thrust and went down by three-quarters of a length.

There had been speculation that Strategic Mount might be supplemented for the Ladbrokes St Leger.

Connections have opted for the easier option for Paul Cole's three-year-old in the Ladbrokes Mallard Stakes (Handicap) (1.35) and it can pay dividends.
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Title Annotation:Sport Racing
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Sep 7, 2006
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