Doncaster was the venue for the final domestic Group 1 race of the 2013 Flat season on Saturday.
And it was Kingston Hill who turned a competitive looking Racing Post Trophy into a procession under Andrea Atzeni.
The son of Mastercraftsman always travelled well and quickened well inside the final two furlongs to draw right away by score by four and a half lengths from Johann Strauss in second, with another couple of lengths further back to the third Altruistic and Johnny Murtagh.
Champion Jockey Richard Hughes was on the mark with the very impressive winner of the Scott Dobson Memorial Doncaster Stakes with Night Of Thunder.
This chestnut was having his second start after making light work of the field in his maiden at Goodwood a fortnight ago, but stepped up from that with a three length victory here and looks destined for much better.
On that theme, jockey Oisin Murphy was the star of the saddle on Saturday with a brilliant treble, winning the big sprint handicap on Dungannon, the seven furlong conditions race aboard Ayr Gold Cup winner Highland Colori before taking the final race, an apprentice handicap aboard Roger Varian’s Soaring Spirits, who clung on doggedly to fend off Lazarus Bell and Jacob Butterfield.
The mile and six furlong handicap went the way of John Gosden’s progressive three year old Thomas Hobson, but the one to take out of the race is the second Kashmir Peak from John Quinn’s yard, who is now going to change disciplines and be aimed at the Racing Post Hurdle, formerly known as the Greatwood at Cheltenham in November, a race in which he’d have a big chance.
Doncaster’s final Flat meeting of the season is the last Flat Turf card of 2013, and takes place on Town Moor a week on Saturday the 9th of November where all the champions of the season will be crowned.
For ticket details, visit www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk or call the course on 01302 511915.
n There are 36 jump and flat race meetings in 2014 at Doncaster Racecourse, with a mixture of weekend, evening and weekday fixtures - and you can catch them all, if you pick up a 2014 annual membership for the course.
Doncaster Racecourse is one of the most high-profile horse racing venues in the country and home to some of the most prestigious events in the calendar, including the four-day showpiece Ladbrokes St Leger Festival and the Group One Racing Post Trophy.
For information visit www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk.