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SNOW Sky and Brown Panther will not meet in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot next month following their swashbuckling duel in the Betway Yorkshire Cup.

The former narrowly seized the day in a fine renewal of York's big staying prize, but trainer Sir Michael Stoute has mapped out an even more exotic adventure for the progressive four-yearold colt than a return to Berkshire this summer.

Stoute is unsure Snow Sky has the requisite stamina to see out the Gold Cup trip of two and a half miles, and instead has the blessing of owner Khalid Abdullah to throw "a dart" at the Melbourne Cup at Flemington in November.

Brown Panther, by contrast, will again attempt to hit the bull's eye at Ascot in a race in which he was placed fourth place last season before being promoted into third spot.

His Gold Cup credentials were hardly eroded on the Knavesmire, either, as Tom Dascombe's seven-year-old, lumbered with a Group Onewinning penalty, stayed on with trademark pluck once Snow Sky (5-2) was bustled into the lead a furlong from home.

Only half a length separated the protagonists at the line, which was an outcome which satisfied both parties.

Stoute said: "He had to dig deep. Ryan (Moore) said he was in front a bit soon and he just looked about a bit, but I'm thrilled.

"I think a mile and six is his limit, and he's a very effective horse over a mile and a half. I think I'd like to finish up in Melbourne. I think it would be worth throwing a dart."

Michael Owen, Brown Panther's joint-owner and breeder, looked glum when his brave entire returned to the parade ring, but thoughts of Ascot quickly lightened his mood.

He said: "We're disappointed, but not sickened, as he's run a great race.

"It's the Ascot Gold Cup next and then we'll plan the second half of the season."

SARABAND'S SELECTIONS TODAY BANGOR: 1.50 Dun Scaith, 2.20 Long House Hall, 2.55 Bear Island Flint, 3.30 Mor Brook, 4.05 Heist, 4.40 Wing Mira, 5.15 Ethelwyn.

DONCASTER: 5.45 I'm Harry, 6.15 Maven, 6.45 Tikthebox, 7.15 Dark Profit, 7.45 Darshini, 8.15 Half A Billion, 8.45 Adelasia. NEWBURY: 1.25 Harvard Man, 2.00 Scotland, 2.35 Elysian Flyer, 3.10 Time Test, 3.45 INTEGRAL (NAP), 4.20 Brandybend, 4.55 Gm Hopkins. NEWMARKET: 1.45 Great Fun, 2.105 Elidor, 2.50 Misterioso, 3.25 Properus, 4.00 Amazing Speed, 4.35 Process, 5.10 Come On Dave.

THIRSK: 1.55 Unilit, 2.30 Bond Bombshell, 3.05 Kaine Keira, 3.40 In Focus, 4.15 Whozthecat, 4.50 Confessional, 5.25 Marmion, 5.55 Tyfos. UTTOXETER: 5.30 Dire Straits, 6.00 Zarawi, 6.30 The Late Shift, 7.00 Furrows, 7.30 Flemensbay, 8.00 Mr Robinson, 8.30 Winter Soldier. DOUBLE: Integral and Scotland.

TOMORROW MARKET RASEN: 2.00 Dynamo, 2.35 Shalambar, 3.05 Feast Of Fire, 3.40 Tiger O'Toole, 4.10 Le Bacardy, 4.40 Ballybough Pat, 5.15 Lift The Lid. RIPON: 2.10 Sahreej, 2.45 Piccacard, 3.15 Bimbo, 3.50 DUBAI DYNAMO (NAP), 4.20 Star System, 4.50 Rozene, 5.25 St Saviour.

STRATFORD: 2.20 Hija, 2.55 Ginjo, 3.25 Passato, 4.00 Billy Congo, 4.30 Sir Dylan, 5.00 Flash Tommie, 5.35 Zandino.

DOUBLE: Dubai Dynamo and Bimbo.


Snow Sky ridden by Ryan <BMoore (left) beats Brown Panther ridden by Richard Kingscote (right) at York

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 16, 2015
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