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Sheik can take charge and triumph with Ulster ace Harley on board

By Lewis Lesberil

Sheikhzayedroad can make it back-to-back wins in the Doncaster Cup today. David Simcock's charge is two from two at the South Yorkshire track and has posted some creditable efforts in defeat so far this campaign, making good late headway in the Lonsdale Cup last time out to finish fourth.

Although Sheikhzayedroad - with Ulsterman Martin Harley aboard - has a few lengths to find with Montaly on that form, the son of Dubawi may just be coming into his own as we approach the autumn, a time of year which proved fruitful for him last season.

The eight-year-old took this race by the narrowest of margins 12 months ago before going on to land the Long Distance Cup on Champions Day, and has proven effective on soft ground.

Three-year-olds have taken four of the last 10 runnings of the William Hill Mallard Handicap, and Time To Study is the sole representative of that age group in this year's renewal.

The son of Motivator ran an absolute belter behind Stradivarius at the Royal meeting in June and backed that up with a solid effort at Haydock on Saturday.

Mark Johnston is a master at turning horses out quickly and there was a lot to like about how Time To Study stuck to his task once headed on Merseyside.

The soft ground should pose no problems and he can make the most of his light weight.

CHESTER: 2.15 Spud, 2.50 Knowing Glance, 3.25 Nathan, 3.55 Calder Prince, 4.30 Clemency, 5.05 Key Bid, 5.40 Echo Of Lightning.

DONCASTER: 1.20 Tigre Du Terre, 1.50 Eternally, 2.25 Heartache, 3.00 Time To Study, 3.35 SHEIKHZAYEDROAD (NAP), 4.05 Blue Laureate, 4.35 Medici Banchiere, 5.10 Pivoine.

LISTOWEL: 2.05 Lady Camelot, 2.40 Stenographer, 3.15 Lord Erskine, 3.50 All's Quiet, 4.20 Val De Ferbet, 4.50 Let's Twist Again, 5.20 Barneymac, 5.50 Koroleva.

SALISBURY: 4.25 Alternative Fact, 5.00 Go Now Go Now, 5.30 Deciding Vote, 6.05 Validator, 6.35 Soldier In Action, 7.05 Ajman King.

SANDOWN: 1.30 Wafeer, 2.00 Coastal Cyclone, 2.35 Cassini, 3.10 Sharja Bridge, 3.45 Mulhimatty, 4.15 Blaze Of Hearts, 4.45 Fast And Hot.

DOUBLE: Sheikhzayedroad and Eternally.

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