Revolver aiming to continue recent rise in Doncaster Cup
The most improved horse of the season – Revolver – will seek to continue his remarkable rise up the ranks by winning the bet365 Doncaster Cup at Doncaster on Friday, a contest that forms part of the 35-race QIPCO British Champions Series.
The three-year-old, trained by Sir Mark Prescott in Newmarket, began this season with a modest official rating of 57 but has thrived since having his stamina tested and has reeled off six successive handicap wins under regular rider Luke Morris. The combination have clicked at Pontefract (twice), Redcar, Doncaster, Haydock and Sandown at distances up to 2m 1f.
Revolver’s rating has soared to 98 and his overall profile is very similar to that of Alleluia, who won the Doncaster Cup as a three-year-old for Prescott in 2001 having won five handicaps en route.
“He’s a very tall, leggy, narrow horse but athletic and keeps winning,” Prescott said. “He’s won over 2m 1f at Pontefract, so we know he stays, and the big galloping track at Doncaster suits him. It’s a question of whether he’s good enough. Other horses in there would have a bit more class and have done it time and time again.”
Prescott, 72, who has been training at Heath House in Newmarket for 50 years, did not envisage Revolver proving such a potent force over long distances, or being so prolific.
“He’s by a sprinter (Slade Power) and when we started him we were thinking he would be a seven-furlong or mile horse but he didn’t work particularly well,” he said.
“As he went up in distance he stayed and stayed, which you wouldn’t have expected. He works well now that he’s with the stayers. As long as you get it right in the end, as we have with him, then it’s OK, but we don’t always.”
Since 1995, 11 three-year-olds have contested the bet365 Doncaster Cup and Prescott has been responsible for six of them. His challengers have either won, been placed or run creditably.
He said: “I suppose we specialise in staying three-year-olds but we also won it with Pallasator, too, when he was a six-year-old. Revolver is a very nice horse.”