Doncaster Cup: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

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"...vastly improved performer who has won all six starts this year..."

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1. Red Verdon (Ed Dunlop/ Frankie Dettori)
Comfortably won a listed event here and the Group 2 Prix Maurice de Nieuil at Longchamp earlier this season, showing he is as good as ever at the age of seven. Ran respectably under a penalty in the Grand Prix de Deauville last time and the return to this longer trip, plus better ground, will suit. Penalised again but does go well here.

2. Eagles By Day (David O'Meara/ Daniel Tudhope)
Proved better than ever, getting his career well and truly back on track, when winning the Silver Cup at York in July on his first start for David O'Meara. Ran to a similar level in the Goodwood Cup and Lonsdale Cup without being able to make a serious impact, but this looks a shade easier. Difficult to discount.

3. Island Brave (Heather Main/ Martin Dwyer)
Benefited from the return to two miles when springing a surprise in a handicap at Ascot last month, running right up to his best. Wasn't disgraced when mid-division in the Ebor, but he has a fair bit to find on form with some of these, and others hold much stronger claims.

4. Selino (James Fanshawe/ Cieren Fallon)
The addition of a visor had a positive impact last season and he won handicaps at Redcar and Wolverhampton on his final two starts of the campaign. Has produced good efforts in defeat this term, finishing runner-up on two of his three starts, but was readily held by Spanish Mission in a listed race at Chester last time and it is hard to see him reversing that form.

5. Spanish Mission (Andrew Balding/ William Buick)
Smart performer who won the Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket and the Jockey Club Derby Invitational Stakes at Belmont last season. Looked better than ever when runner-up in the Henry II Stakes at Sandown in July and made the most of a good opportunity on his first start for Andrew Balding in a listed race at Chester last time, proving much too classy for his rivals, including the reopposing Selino. Just about sets the standard in this field.

6. The Grand Visir (Ian Williams/ Jim Crowley)
Enjoyed his biggest day in the sun when winning the Ascot Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2019, and was only just denied in the Queen Alexandra Stakes on his seasonal reappearance in June. Ran up to his best when fourth under top weight in a handicap at Goodwood last time and this strong stayer is entitled to respect, for all others are preferred.

7. Revolver (Sir Mark Prescott/ Luke Morris)
Vastly improved performer who has won all six starts this year and has a BHA mark 41 lb higher than when his winning sequence started. He relished the step up to this trip when winning with plenty in hand at Pontefract last time (the third has since won twice), and he could still have more to offer. He is tackling a higher calibre opponent here but, in receipt of his weight-for-age allowance, could be up to the job.

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