Intrinsic sprints to Stewards Cup success
The classy looking Intrinsic denied a gamble on the William Haggas trained Muthmir to take the Stewards Cup, or as it is now known the 32Red Cup. Robert Cowell’s charge arrived here unbeaten in his last three starts, two of them under his current trainer including at this track last time and put in another impressive performance to make it four in a row under Richard Hughes.
The son of Oasis Dream travelled strongly throughout the 6f contest and despite drifting towards the stand side late on, still had enough to see off the challenge of Ninjago by a length. Alben Star was a further neck back in third, with Ruwaiyan back in fourth. Big gamble of the race, Muthmir, eventually rolled home in fifth.
Richard Hughes said: “I’m riding a Group horse in a handicap. He idled in front but he is a very good horse. I always thought he was a certainty for the last couple of days.
“He has so much quality this horse. He shuffled down the hill a bit but he travelled so well. I hope he is a Group 1 horse for [owner] Malih Al Basti, it’s nice he’s got a good horse. I really thought he was my banker at the end of the week.”
Cowell added: “It’s come together, but it’s always very difficult to win a huge handicap like this.
“He’s got all the attributes. He’s got an amazing pedigree and that will stand him in good stead. I think he could go all the way.
“It will be stakes races from now on and we’ll explore Listed and Group Threes now. I did give him an entry later on in the Sprint Cup at Haydock. There are plenty of options and it’s a nice problem to have.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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