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Up Times it to perfection for Dunlop

ESPN staff
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Eddie Ahern (green sleeves) drives Times Up to victory in the Doncaster Cup © Getty Images
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Times Up raised the roof on Town Moor when lifting the Doncaster Cup for trainer John Dunlop.

Dunlop announced on Thursday that he was retiring and the legendary trainer was handed a brilliant send off by his gallant stayer who backed up his Lonsdale Cup success with a gritty win in the Group Two heat.

Having made a low key start to the season, Times Up has flourished in the second half of the season and he showed real class to get his name on the Doncaster Cup.

Times Up travelled supremely well for Eddie Ahern and he was the last off the bridle turning into the straight. The six-year-old swamped Ascot Gold Cup winner Colour Vision for speed with two furlongs to run and looked set to register an easy success.

But High Jinx, who chased home Times Up at York, emerged from the pack with a late challenge and Ahern had to ask his mount to knuckle down in the final 100 yards but he did it with relish.

Certify extended her unbeaten record to three with a gutsy win in the May Hill Stakes. The Godolphin filly had looked extremely classy in the opening two wins and she showed she also has guts by digging in to repel the challenge of Purr Along.

Certify travelled well for Mikael Barzalona but she was pushed hard by Purr Along. Barzalona had to get serious with the 4/6 favourite, but she knuckled down. The pair pulled a long way clear in the Group Two contest, to suggest the form is useful.

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