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UK Gr2 Win For Melb Cup Entry Septimus

Monday, 17th September 2007

Also in the UK, the Aidan O'Brien-trained 4YO entire & Melbourne Cup entrant Septimus (Sadler's Wells-Caladira, by Darshaan) notched his 2nd Gr2 victory in a month with a 5-lengths blitz of his rivals (& new track record time) in the £100,000 (A$240,000) Gr2 Doncaster Cup (18 furlongs). Favourite Septimus (ridden by Johnny Murtagh) defeated 6YO entire Geordieland (Johann Quatz-Aerdee, by Highest Honor) & 4YO mare Allegretto (Galileo-Alleluia, by Caerleon). At his previous start on August 21, Septimus won the UK Gr2 Lonsdale Stakes (in his 1st test over 2 miles) at York; & earlier this season, he finished runner-up in the UK Gr1 Coronation Cup (12 furlongs) at Epsom Downs in June (behind stable-mate Scorpion), following a victory in the Gr3 Mooresbridge Stakes. Last season Septimus won the Gr2 Dante Stakes at York & in 2005 he won Ireland's Gr2 Beresford Stakes & finished 3rd in the UK Gr1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster. Asked whether Septimus will go to Australia for the Melbourne Cup, owner Derrick Smith told racingpost.co.uk: "We really do leave that to Aidan (O'Brien). It would be nice, but we always thought the ground would be wrong for him. With equine flu & the (firmer) ground, it is a hell of long way to go for nothing. There is that race at Longchamp on Arc day: that's the only other one I can think of. He would be better with a little bit more cut in the ground, so I'm very, very pleased. We always thought he was good last year. He won the Dante & was then near-favourite for the Derby. Something obviously went wrong on Derby day last year, but he seems to have come back to his Dante form." Jockey Murtagh added: "Septimus is not your average stayer. He's no plodder: he has got class & a real turn of foot. I was very taken with his performance. From 10 furlongs down I gave him a breather to give him a chance to fill his lungs & when I picked him up he did it with some authority. I haven't ridden Yeats, but this fellow is a very good stayer."

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