Mohaather made up for an unlucky run at Royal Ascot to win the Betfred Summer Mile in spectacular style at the Berkshire course on Saturday.
After never having any kind of run in the Queen Anne Stakes a month ago, the Marcus Tregoning trained horse always looked in control and a scintillating burst under Dane O’Neill a furlong out saw him surge clear as the 2-1 favourite in the Group 2 contest.
San Donato was second for Roger Varian while other Queen Anne runners Marie’s Diamond and Skardu finished down the field as Mohaather confirmed a spectacular reversal of form from that race.
‘He’s something special, always looked like he could be a very good horse,’ Tregoning said. ‘He’s been working extremely well so I was hoping for a good performance. He’s got electric speed and Dane obviously gave him a super ride, we’re back on track.’
He added that the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood was a potential next target for the Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned colt.
His victory was the highlight of the day as the sun shone on the first racing action since the Royal Meeting.
Her Majesty the Queen came within a whisker of a winner in the Fred’s Pushes British EBF Fillies Novice Stakes but the John Gosden-trained Lightness was touched out in a tight finish by Margaret Dumont to give jockey Joe Fanning and trainer Mark Johnston the victory.
Carlos Felix won the Play Nifty Fifty Exclusively at Betfred Handicap Stakes in smart style, stepping up to a mile and a half for the first time. Owners Darren and Annaley Yates will have looked on in some excitement as jockey Luke Morris rode a patient race and put distance between his three rivals in the closing furlong.
Jumby opened proceedings with a smart run in the opening Betfred Still Treble Odds On Lucky 15’s Novice Auction Stakes, under the stewardship of jockey Charlie Bishop the colt surged clear to record an impressive win for trainer Eve Johnson Houghton.
Manaabit stayed on best over the tiring straight mile in the Betfred Ascot Official Bookmaker Fillies Handicap Stakes, while 40-1 shot Calling the Wind took the honours for trainer Richard Hughes in the Betfred ‘Thanks to the NHS’ Handicap.
Jawwaal came home to land the penultimate race of the day, before Alphabetical rounded things off with an impressive late surge to win the Betfred “Thanks To All Key Workers” Handicap Stakes.
The next action on the track at Ascot is QIPCO King George Diamond Weekend on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July.