Koukash celebrates Cup win with Suegioo
Flamboyant owner Dr. Marwan Koukash enjoyed a third success in the Chester Cup, with 10/1 shot Suegioo getting the better of fellow Koukash charge Angel Gabrial in the closing stages of the always competitive Handicap.
Ridden by Ryan Moore, the 5yo found a nice position on the rails as he tracked the pace being set by another Koukash representative in the form of Montaser. The son of Manduro, trained by Marco Botti, had never performed over 1m 6f in his consistent career to date but put any stamina doubts to bed with a pretty convincing victory in the end.
Angel Gabrial, with last season’s winning jockey Jamie Spencer in the plate, had made an astonishing attempt for victory as the field turned for home, coming from last to first on the outside of the whole field. For a moment it looked that they may have stolen the race with their dynamic move but Moore was just getting Suegioo into a rhythm and despite having to deal with his rival wandering across the track, eased clear to score by 1/2 length.
“It’s great to win the Cup again and even better as I only had five in the race!” a delighted Koukash said afterwards.
“Seriously though, it’s that competitive you need that many in the race to stand a chance of winning. I try to win this race every year and the planning for the following year starts as soon as the race is over. He’s done it really nicely and he will be back next year to try and win it again.
“I feel for Angel Gabrial as he’s a very good horse and I’m sure he’s got a bright future ahead of him. I’ve won the Cup three times now so I’m hoping they let me keep it!”
Trainer Botti added: “The gelding operation has definitely helped as last year he ran some good races but he seems to have matured. He obviously stays and the rain helped.
“I was really pleased with him and Ryan gave him a great ride. He has always shown plenty of ability and ran some big races in big handicaps last season. I suppose it was being well handicapped, the step up in trip and the ground ( which helped him to win).
“While myself and Dr Koukash decided to keep him to around a mile and a half last year, this was obviously a big target with Dr Koukash having such a good record in the race.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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