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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 September, 2004, 13:39 GMT 14:39 UK
Dead-heat in Doncaster Cup
Millenary and Kasthari fight it out to finish in the Doncaster Cup
Kasthari and Millenary shared the Doncaster Cup after the pair dead-heated in thrilling finish on the second day of the St Leger meeting.

Kasthari, who went off at 7-1, ridden by Johnny Murtagh, took the lead going into the final two furlongs of the two mile and two furlong trip after overhauling the favourite Darasim.

But the 14-1 chance Millenary, ridden by Richard Quinn, the 2000 St Leger winner drew up alongside Kasthari and the pair fought it out to the close where nothing could separate them.

Dancing Bay, the mount of Kieren Fallon ran on superbly for third, a further three and a half lengths back.

Murtagh was pleased with his share of success.

"I got about a neck up and I knew he would stay. I gave him a couple of smacks and he really responded," he said.

On the line I thought he had got beat
Millenary's trainer John Dunlop

"Luckily the line came in time for both of us - it was a fair result and the runner-up probably deserved a share of the win. I'm not complaining."

Millenary's trainer John Dunlop also had no complaints with the performance of his horse.

"He was going so well two out that I thought he was going to win, and 100 yards out I thought he was going to win, and then on the line I thought he had got beat.

"But it's ended up a dead-heat and I'm delighted."

Pastoral Pursuits produced a terrific turn of foot to claim the GNER Park Stakes for trainer Hughie Morrison.

Fong's Thong led coming into the final two furlongs but his challenge evaporated, leaving Firebreak and Pastoral Pursuits to fight it out, with the latter's pace getting him home by one and a quarter lengths.


Doncaster Cup
1= Millenary (T Quinn) 7-1
1= Kasthari (J Murtagh) 14-1
3. Dancing Bay (K Fallon) 5-1
8 ran. Dist: dht, 3

Park Stakes
1. Pastoral Pursuits (S Drowne) 5-1
2. Firebreak (L Dettori) 5-2 Fav
3. Court Masterpiece (K Fallon) 13-2
8 ran. Dist: 1, 1



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