Muhaarar Streams In
Muhaarar streaked clear of his rivals in the first Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot under Dane O’Neill for Charlie Hills.
The 10-1 shot came home three and three-quarter lengths clear of Limato with Anthem Alexander third and favourite Hootenanny well beaten.
Hills said of his Greenham winner: “We knew he had a lot of pace, we knew they’d go hard today and that six furlongs on this track would be ideal. It was all going to suit him and once he hit the front we knew he’d stay. He was so convincing, and he’s still improving. He’s also a beautiful looking horse with a wonderful temperament. He’s very exciting and there’s a lot to look forward to.
“Chriselliam was very good but this is horse is just improving and improving. He is very versatile as well. He showed a lot of speed today and has got better and better with racing – he is still improving. He ran over a mile last time and was in the Jersey Stakes as well. Sheikh Hamdan made the decision to come here for all the right reasons.
“This is a Group One and it looked a proper race as well – any one of eight or 10 could have won. But he did it in such great style and he’s not really ground dependent either; he’s a very nice horse. We will have a look at all the nice races now. He has got the world at his feet.”
It was a second Group One success for O’Neill who had previously won the Prix Maurice De Gheest on Bold Edge in 2000.
O’Neill said: “He did it so easy. Rarely does a race work out so easily, especially here. He travelled so well and picked up exceptionally. “I was getting a nice lead and when I asked him to pick up I was surprised by the reaction I got. His work at home had been good and he was beginning to feel like a sprinter, but they’ve got to prove it on the track, which he has done, and how. He has a great attitude and he’s grown up a lot.”
The Oasis Dream colt was unplaced in the French 2,000 Guineas after his Greenham victory but he will now step up to face older horses with the July Cup at Newmarket a possible target.
Limato’s trainer Henry Candy said: “I thought he ran a wonderful race. James (Doyle) said he was slow into his stride which is unlike him but after that he was as good as ever. I don’t think we’d have beaten the winner whatever but they were quite far apart across the track. His engine is still the same, which is what matters.”
Eddie Lynam, trainer of third-placed Anthem Alexander, said: “I think on his day the winner is pretty special, he looked very good. Our filly has run very well and we’ll keep having a go with her. “We’ve got lots of options. We’re in the July Cup but we might step back to five and could go for the King George at Goodwood.”
Rory Jiwani 19/06/15
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