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2020 Doncaster Cup - Super stayer Stradivarius to go 10 races unbeaten

World's best stayer Stradivarius is tipped to win his 10th consecutive start in the Doncaster Cup
Stradivarius is the top pick to win the Doncaster Cup this weekend

2020 Doncaster Cup Tips & Betting Predictions

Two miles around Doncaster might be a more familiar distance to National Hunt racing fans, but this Friday, the flat lovers get the chance to see the stars of the level put to the test over this staying trip in the Doncaster Cup.

It’s a race that has been on the go since 1766 when it was originally called the Doncaster Gold Cup, but things have changed a little bit since then, most notably the trip which was once over four miles.

Thankfully for the horses entered this week, the officially trip is now only 2m1f, so who will you be backing to be the super stayer at Town Moor?

2020 Doncaster Cup Best Bet – Stradivarius @ 1.44

If proof was ever needed that keeping flat horses in training can be a valuable experience, then look no further than Stradivarius.

He has become a fan favourite over the last two years with some epic performances in this staying division that will cement on his name in racing history for years to come.

After winning the Lonsdale Cup at York last time out, he secured the Stayers £1 million bonus for the second year running and also extended his unbeaten record to nine races.

That is a run that stretches back to 2017, with his last defeat coming to Order of St George in the British Champions Long Distance Cup in October that year.

Ground shouldn’t be an issue, as he’s proven himself with victories in all conditions, and he’s clearly the one to beat.

2020 Doncaster Cup Best Each Way – Dee Ex Bee @ 3.25

If anything is to lower the colours of Stradivarius it could well be his regular rival this season, Dee Ex Bee.

Trained by Mark Johnston in Middleham, the four-year-old has finished second to Stradivarius three times this season, including the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, the Goodwood Cup Stakes and the Lonsdale Cup at York.

He’s never been too far away either. At the most, 1¼ lengths, and a neck at the least, so he’d be bang there if Stradivarius isn’t quite at the races.

William Buick gets the ride for the first time since May, and that could make the difference considering he has operated with a 20% strike rate at Doncaster over the last five years. 

Dee Ex Bee
Dee Ex Bee is a leading chance in the Doncaster Cup

2020 Doncaster Cup Best Roughie – Max Dynamite @ 21.00

Willie Mullins and Rich Ricci will have fond memories of the Doncaster Cup, as they paired together to land the one-two in the race last year with Thomas Hobson just getting the better of Max Dynamite as the pair pulled well clear of the field.

It’s no surprise then that they return for another crack this year, with Max Dynamite, their only entry, attempting to go one better than twelve months ago.

He’s a horse that has shown such versatility over the years, illustrated by the fact that he followed a run at Royal Ascot with an effort over hurdles at the Galway Festival last season.

That’s not to mention his number of airmiles thanks to trips to the UK, France, Australia and Hong Kong.

As for this season, that has yielded a victory and a placed effort from three runs, and although he was a disappointing 12th at York last time, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him outrun his price with the bookies here. 


Stradivarius is far and away the star of this division and is fully expected to make it 10 races unbeaten in this Friday’s Doncaster Cup.

Dee Ex Bee has been chasing him around all season in these staying races and should continue the trend, although if either of those don’t hit top note then Max Dynamite is the best of the rest after finishing a close second in this race last year.

Best Bet: Stradivarius @1.44 at bet365 - 3 Units
Best Each Way: Dee Ex Bee @3.25 at bet365 - 2 Units
Best Roughie: Max Dynamite @21.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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