Historic racing trophy sold for £13,000

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ONE of the oldest trophies in racing went under the hammer for £13,000 during a fine art auction at Tattersalls in Newmarket on Tuesday.

The 1781 Doncaster Cup was sold to a top end antique trader during the latest Rowley’s Antiques and Fine Art sale at the bloodstock auctioneers.

Although first run at Doncaster in 1801, the first staging of the race took place at Cantley Common in 1766.

In the past the two mile two furlong Group Two prize has been won by some of the best staying horses in the country. These include Henry Cecil’s Le Moss, who lifted the prize in 1979 and 1980, and more recently the Mark Johnston trained Double Trigger who struck victory on three occasions in 1995, 1996 and 1998.

“The estimate for the cup was between £6,000 and £8,000 but I thought it would sell for more than £10,000,” said Will Axon, Rowley’s senior valuer.

“There was quite a bit of interest in the trophy as it is not often that items like this come on the market.”