Mo­haather’s fi­nal flour­ish se­cures Sus­sex Stakes

Crow­ley praises trainer af­ter shak­ing off Queen Anne blow Tre­go­ning colt surges from last to shock Clas­sic win­ners

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Mar­cus Army­tage rac­ing correspond­ent at Good­wood

Mo­haather used a dev­as­tat­ing turn of foot to put his team’s frus­tra­tions be­hind them and record a pop­u­lar vic­tory in the Qatar Sus­sex Stakes. Mar­cus Tre­go­ning’s four-year old, who missed most of the Clas­sic sea­son with in­jury, had six rivals in front of him two fur­longs out but Jim Crow­ley drew a su­perb fin­ish from his ride at Good­wood.

Back in the mists of time, Mar­cus Tre­go­ning’s fore­bears were tin min­ers from north Corn­wall, but it was gold that the trainer found on top of the South Downs yes­ter­day when Mo­haather used a dev­as­tat­ing turn of foot to over­come all sorts of prob­lems in run­ning to record a pop­u­lar vic­tory in the Qatar Sus­sex Stakes.

Billed as the race of the sea­son so far, it did not dis­ap­point and went a long way to sort­ing out the best miler. How­ever, it was a slowly run, tac­ti­cal af­fair early on. From three fur­longs out, the gaps started tan­ta­lis­ing Jim Crow­ley on the 3-1 shot, only to keep clos­ing on him and two fur­longs out Mo­haather, hav­ing been shuf­fled to the back, still had all six rivals in front of him.

For Tre­go­ning, it was un­com­fort­able view­ing; like a re­cur­ring bad dream for the trainer, who had watched sim­i­lar mis­for­tune be­fall the colt in the Queen Anne at Royal As­cot.

But the lightly raced four-yearold, who missed most of his Clas­sic sea­son re­cov­er­ing from a condy­lar frac­ture of his off can­non bone, fi­nally de­liv­ered on the prom­ise he had shown in last year’s Green­ham.

Pulled to the out­side by Crow­ley, he showed a sprinter’s turn of foot to mow down his rivals. At the fur­long pole, he was only just wind­ing up and still had five in front of him, but he flew down the out­side to beat the front-run­ning Cir­cus Max­ihe

mus a cosy three parts of a length. A half-length back in third, Siskin, the Ir­ish Guineas cham­pion, won the bat­tle of the three-year-old Clas­sic win­ners, beat­ing the 2,000 Guineas first Kameko by two lengths, although the lat­ter, short of room in­side the last fur­long, was cer­tainly un­lucky not to be closer.

The way it panned out, be­ing shuf­fled back to last and forced to play his cards late might have helped Crow­ley. Had he used up some of that ac­cel­er­a­tion to get through a gap, he might have got there too soon.

Be­sides it be­ing pop­u­lar, there was a touch of re­demp­tion about the vic­tory. At one point, Tre­go­ning was train­ing 100 horses in Lam­bourn and won the 2006 Derby with Sir Percy. But seven years ago he moved to Whits­bury – where Mo­haather’s sire, Show­cas­ing, stands – with just 30 horses and only his head lad, head lad’s wife and David Crofts, a part of the Whits­bury fur­ni­ture who led up Mo­haather yes­ter­day, as staff.

Iron­i­cally, Sir Percy was his last Group One win­ner, and though Tre­go­ning joked af­ter­wards that his wife and his dogs might find him a lit­tle less grumpy last night,

has never changed or be­come bit­ter at his change in cir­cum­stances. Some­times it takes a good horse to re­mind peo­ple, how­ever, that you can still do the job.

“It was a bit of a night­mare watch­ing it,” he said. “But I knew if he got out he’d have the speed. He finds heaps un­der pres­sure and I couldn’t have been hap­pier with him com­ing into the race.

“When An­gus Gold [Sheikh Ham­dan’s rac­ing man­ager] showed me him at Tat­ter­salls Book 2 sale as a year­ling and said he wanted to buy into this par­tic­u­lar family [the same family as his breeder Gaie John­son Houghton’s Ac­ci­den­tal Agent], I thought he was a bit small. But then I thought about Do­minica, who was not an inch over 15 hands and won the King’s Stand for us – it’s not all about size.

“This is also very im­por­tant for Show­cas­ing. I hope they drop my rent and put up the stal­lion’s fees! I was as­sis­tant trainer to Dick Hern for 14 years and he loved Good­wood. That’s where I get it from. It’s very spe­cial. If you wanted to sell rac­ing to a new owner, bring them to Good­wood.

“Of course I’d like a few more horses at this level, but there aren’t many about. But I’d like to run a few more here and not leave it all to John Gos­den.”

Crow­ley, who is hav­ing his own golden sea­son in Sheikh Ham­dan’s colours, hav­ing won six races in them at Royal As­cot, said that two out his only op­tion was to get on the back of Siskin down the out­side and come late.

Re­call­ing the dis­ap­point­ment of the Queen Anne, he said: “It ate away at me for a few days, so I was very happy to see him win the Sum­mer Mile there for Dane [O’Neill]. I’d rid­den work on him early on and had a feel like noth­ing else. He has so much pace you can see why we were con­tem­plat­ing sprint­ing with him. He’d def­i­nitely win over six fur­longs.

“It’s spe­cial for Mar­cus. He’s a won­der­ful guy. He’s a great trainer, has a beau­ti­ful place and it’s nice to show with the right am­mu­ni­tion he can do the job.”

Out in front: Jim Crow­ley rides Mo­haather (right) to vic­tory in a dra­matic fin­ish to the Qatar Sus­sex Stakes on day two of the Good­wood Fes­ti­val

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