Mo­haather set for As­cot Cham­pi­ons Day re­turn

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport / Racing - By Jon Lees

The sea­son’s best miler, Mo­haather, could be ab­sent from rac­ing un­til Qipco Bri­tish Cham­pi­ons Day in Oc­to­ber after he was taken out of Sun­day’s Prix Jac­ques Le Marois, France’s top mile race.

Mo­haather pro­pelled Mar­cus Tre­go­ning back into the elite di­vi­sion when he over­came traf­fic prob­lems to record a stun­ning vic­tory in Good­wood’s Sus­sex Stakes last month, de­liv­er­ing his trainer a first Group One win since Sir Percy tri­umphed in the 2006 Derby.

“The Queen El­iz­a­beth II Stakes [Oct 17] is the main tar­get,” said Tre­go­ning. “The Prix du Moulin on Sept 6 is a pos­si­bil­ity, but only a pos­si­bil­ity.

“Sheikh Ham­dan is very keen to go to As­cot. The horse is in great form. He could run to­mor­row and win to­mor­row, but there are very few races for him now. I think prob­a­bly that will be it for the sea­son, un­less Sheikh Ham­dan wants to go for the Breed­ers’ Cup.”

Mo­haather qual­i­fied for a guar­an­teed place in the Breed­ers’ Cup Mile for his Good­wood vic­tory, but Tre­go­ning has doubts that a trip to the United States is re­al­is­tic dur­ing a pan­demic.

“I think that with all that is go­ing on that would be a non-starter,” he said. “Let’s hope we have got him for a fair while be­cause he is very lightly raced and it would be a shame if it all came to an end at the end of the year be­cause I se­ri­ously think he is one of the best mil­ers around and he would have a great chance next year.”

The Bri­tish Horserac­ing Au­thor­ity has been re­buked for its han­dling of last week’s in­quiry into whether trainer Gary Moore had breached Covid-19 pro­to­cols which led to him be­ing ejected from Glo­ri­ous Good­wood.

Moore was fined £750, but the in­de­pen­dent dis­ci­plinary panel which heard the case said the de­tails given of his al­leged mis­con­duct had been “sparse and in­ad­e­quate”.

“It is a fun­da­men­tal rule of nat­u­ral jus­tice that a per­son charged with mis­con­duct should be in­formed pre­cisely what he is al­leged to have done and the law, rules or reg­u­la­tions he has thereby con­tra­vened,” the panel said in find­ings pub­lished yes­ter­day. “It should not be left to the ac­cused per­son to work this out from broad ref­er­ences to rules and fac­tual hearsay state­ments lack­ing de­tail.”

Out of ac­tion: Mo­haather was with­drawn from Sun­day’s Prix Jac­ques Le Marois

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