A classic trial is all about learning and Sheikh Hamdan’s Mohaather left connections in little doubt that he has the brilliance to mix it in the big league this year after putting Newbury’s 7f Group 3 Greenham Stakes to bed with a potent turn of foot, setting up a possible tilt at the 2000 Guineas. Too Darn Hot missed his intended comeback due to a minor setback so the field was perhaps depleted, but that should not detract too heavily from Mohaather, who surprised when winning the Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes last season and proved there was no fluke about that 33/1 success with a striking win under Jim Crowley.
“I was very confident,” revealed trainer Marcus Tregoning, who left nothing to chance in the son of Showcasing’s preparation. “He was very fit. I gave him his first bit of work back on 29 January. I did that in case we had a hiccup, but we’ve had a clear run and I’d have been hugely disappointed if he hadn’t been thereabouts today. “There will be a discussion about the Guineas; personally, I think he will get the mile on faster ground but it will be up to Sheikh Hamdan where he goes. I saw brilliance today for the first time with him and there was never really any doubt.” Winning rider Crowley agreed the Guineas trip was just about within the winner’s range.
“He’s very relaxed and the one thing he’s not going to do is use too much energy in a race. He galloped out past the line well,” said the former Champion Jockey. “There’s no reason why he shouldn’t get a mile but that’s going to be the very top end of his trip.” It is 13 years since Tregoning saddled Sir Percy to finish runner-up in the Guineas before scoring a fairytale success in the Derby. “It’s what we all aspire to,” said Tregoning when asked what it meant to have a potential Classic contender on his hands once again. “Sir Percy was a classy Champion 2yo and this horse has a lot of class. He’s easy to train because he’s lovely and settled and it’s a thrill for everybody.”