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Horse Racing: KNOCKOUT PUNCH; But Spencer now facing a lengthy ban.


LUCA CUMANI apolgised for `spoiling the party' after Boreas outran Persian Punch to win the GNER Doncaster Cup.

There are few more popular horses in training than veteran galloper Persian Punch and turning for home it looked as if he would be adding this Group 3 prize to his astonishing roll of big-race successes.

But as he saw off both the challenges of Darasim and Jardines Lookout down the home straight, Jamie Spencer was inching closer all the time without asking the 7-2 winner to fully extend.

When Spencer eventually pulled Boreas out to make his challenge over a furlong out, the winner produced a burst of acceleration that saw him go upsides Persian Punch (15-2) and ultimately edge ahead to score by one and a quarter lengths.

In the process, Boreas shattered the old record time for the race set by Canon Can in 1997 by almost two seconds.

The pair finished five lengths clear of Darasim (10-1) with 3-1 favourite Jardines Lookout fading into fourth.

"I said to Jamie before the start that he should swallow a sleeping pill and take it slowly," Cumani said.

"We knew he would travel and that if he got home he would have the speed to win.

"But to be honest, I feel a bit sorry for Persian Punch.

"He deserved to win this race because he is such a fantastic horse and here we are spoiling the party."

But there could be sting in the tail for Spencer as he was referred to the Jockey Club for using his whip with excessive force and from above shoulder height.

Under the totting-up procedure he can expect a suspension of at least a fortnight.

Apprentice Fran Ferris was also referred to the Jockey Club after being found guilty of using his whip with excessive force on Deceitful and he could pick up a lengthy ban.

Meanwhile, bargain buy Summitville staked her Classic claims with a fine staying performance to take the Group Three Rothmans Royals May Hill Stakes in the hands of Michael Fenton.

James Given's filly is now a 25-1 chance with Ladbrokes for the Sagitta 1000 Guineas, but Paddy Power have her on offer at 33-1 while Coral were least impressed and 40-1 is available on their list.

However, Given hinted the Oaks might be the more suitable test and Ladbrokes gave her a 33-1 quote for the English Classic.

Fenton bounced smartly out of the stalls and soon had her at the head of affairs. He judged things to a nicety as she kept finding more to see off all comers in the mile test.

Given paid only 7,000 guineas for her at Newmarket but it took him six weeks to sell her on to a partnership of three.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 13, 2002
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