Mahsoob to step up
John Gosden said the King George could be on the cards for Mahsoob after his win in the Wolferton Handicap which saw jockey Paul Hanagan get off the mark for the week.
It was Gosden’s third win in the last five years in the race and the son of Dansili looks headed for bigger and better targets.
Gosden said: “The jockey had to go wide and the horse took a little while to get going, but he’s still learning. He was forced wide and the horse on his outside was bothering him quite a bit, but he’s an inexperienced horse and he got there well.
“I think he’s slightly telling us to step him up to a mile and a half – I trained his mother (Mooakada) and she was capable of winning up to a mile and a half. The owner will make the final decision.
“The horse was a little bit keen early, but the jockey said he hit the line running, and that was good to hear. We wanted to use our draw and go forward, but in mile-and-a-quarter races around here with a full field there’s always a lot of hustle and bustle, and it can be difficult for horses. He’s done well to overcome his inexperience, end up in the middle of the track and still win.”
Hanagan said: “I knew I wanted to be handy – he won from miles back at York but there is a big long straight there, but here there is a sharp run-in. I know he stays well and once he gets going he is really good. It all went to plan – the only thing was a horse on my outside set him alight a bit at one point, but he has a marvellous temperament and soon settled.
“He gives the impression he’ll stay further than today’s trip. And he is so laid back and easy to ride. Most of the best horses I’ve ridden have had that wonderful temperament.”
Mark Johnston saddled both the runner-up Sennockian Star and third-placed Fire Fighting. He said “We’ve been beaten by a good winner, who is lightly-raced but things didn’t go perfectly for either of mine. Both horses need a lead and Sennockian Star hit the front too soon and Fire Fighting had to come wide and was getting there all the time.
“We’ve had a load of people looking at Fire Fighting for Australia and we might look at planning a campaign based around going there. We could think about the Cox Plate in the run-up to the Melbourne Cup.”
Rory Jiwani 20/06/15
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