Mukhadram Eclipses rivals at Sandown
The William Haggas trained Mukhadram got the better of some top class rivals to the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown under a very intelligent ride by Paul Hanagan. Third in the race last year, Mukhadram returned to his usual front running tactics here having travelled behind a pacemaker in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Ascot. It was a decision well made by connections as Mukhadram stole a march on his more fancied rivals and still travelling strongly on the turn in, pulled clear up the straight to record a 2 length victory.
In what, in truth, was a very muddling renewal of the famous race, many of the big guns failed to fire with the likes of The Fugue, Kingston Hill, Night Of Thunder and Verrazano being given plenty to do by their jockeys. The Fugue particularly was given a huge amount to do. Having been slow away, William Buick was happy to sit in and let the rest of the field get on with it. Buick was still calm turning in but his calmness quickly turned to panic when Mukhadram kicked on to put the race to bed.
Trading Leather, the e/w fancy of the race, bounced back to something like his old form to finish 2 lengths behind the winner, with Mark Johnston’s Somewhat, who had made all the running, running a cracker to finish third at a price of 100/1. Kingston Hill stayed on towards the end to finish fourth, with The Fugue coming too late, eventually finishing sixth.
Hanagan said: “We went a nice gallop and it just suited perfectly.
“If there is a horse that deserves that, it’s him. He’s been second in the Dubai World Cup and could have been second in this last year, I’m just so pleased for the horse. Everyone at the yard has done a fantastic job with the horse. I’m chuffed to bits.”
Haggas said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to bits, he so deserves to win a good race.
“It went well for him but he was always travelling well. I’ve lost my voice I shouted that much.
“We’ve always believed in him and I’m thrilled for everyone he’s gone and done it today.
“I hope the King George is next.”
Jim Bolger, trainer of the runner-up Trading Leather said:
“I’m delighted with his effort after the Newmarket debacle. The winner wasn’t stopping, but he was happy where he was.
“We’ll look at the King George and later on the Arc and the Irish Champion Stakes.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Chris Ison/PA Wire
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