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Allegretto out to make Doncaster Cup a family affair

CHEVELEY'S stalwart stayer Allegretto will attempt to complete a family double in the £100,000 National Express Doncaster Cup next Friday.

Allegretto's dam, Alleluia, landed the historic contest in 2001 and her daughter, third behind Septimus in 2007, is reportedly in good form ahead of a second tilt at the prize.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained five-year-old flourished last season, capturing the Group 2 Goodwood Cup as well as the Group 1 Prix Royal-Oak at Longchamp.

She has failed to hit the target in three starts this term but was not disgraced when fourth over an inadequate trip in the Yorkshire Oaks last time.                           

Chris Richardson, managing director at Cheveley Park, said "We hope that Allegretto will run in the Doncaster Cup, all being well.

"She's fine after her last run and worked nicely on Wednesday.

"She had a foot abscess that interrupted her programme up to her last race in theYorkshire Oaks but she has been good since and hopefully will have come on for that run.

"It would be lovely if she could emulate her dam, she's been remarkably consistent and last time she needed an extra half-mile. She's in good form and the trip suits."


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