Dancing Star back in business at Doncaster with Sceptre swoop

Fri 14 Sep 2018

Oisin Murphy continued his fine form as he rode Dancing Star to a hard-fought success in the Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster.

Andrew Balding’s five-year-old, back in the winner’s enclosure for the first time since the 2016 Stewards’ Cup, got the better of a duel with Eirene to prevail by three-quarters of a length. All Out was a further length-and-three-quarters back in third.

Pepita led the far-side group for much of the seven-furlong Group Three contest, the opening race on day three of the St Leger meeting on Town Moor, before Dancing Star and Dean Ivory’s runner-up eyeballed each other.

Murphy’s mount, a 7-2 shot, quickened up best to finish with a little in hand on the line.

“Winning Group races is important for these fillies, and at least she’s got one now,” said Murphy.

“She’s very tough and has plenty of talent.

“Andrew said I could make the running if needs be, but I wanted to give her something to aim at.”

Ivory said of the runner-up: “I’m very, very pleased with the filly today. She’s bounced back to the way she was at the beginning of the year.

“Definitely the softish ground helped.

“Now if we hit a bit of form we’ll think of going abroad, where the soft ground is.”

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