THE Qatar Sussex Stakes has the makings of a thriller and MOHAATHER (3.15) can further enhance the excellent Goodwood record of trainer Marcus Tregoning.
The colt suffered an interrupted passage in the Queen Anne Stakes when adrift of re-opposing Circus Maximus but showed his true colours in the Summer Mile at Ascot 18 days ago. Punters piled in and they never had a moment’s concern as Mohaather powered clear of San Donato.
He will need to be at the top of his game once again to fend off respective Irish and English 2000 Guineas winners Siskin and Kameko. Siskin is now unbeaten in five starts and managed to extricate himself from a pocket in a rough renewal of the colts’ Classic at the Curragh.
Kameko could never lay a glove on Serpentine in the Investec Derby but this drop in trip should suit. He mastered Wichita and Pinatubo in the manner of a very good horse at Newmarket and this will tell us more.
OLEG (1.45), a winner over hurdles and fences for Paul Nicholls, has been a revelation since undergoing a wind op and switching to the Flat, winning both starts. The latest came at Pontefract in early June when he had Seinesational, runner-up in this 2m 4f stamina test last year, five lengths adrift in third. Hollie Doyle takes the reins and Oleg is narrowly preferred to Ascot Stakes winner Coeur De Lion, Summer Moon and last year’s third True Destiny.
A whole host of improving three-year-olds go to post for the 1m 4f handicap and SARVAN (2.15) looked to have plenty of scope when striding clear of favourite Crystal Pegasus at Pontefract.
Mambo Nights also falls into that category on the back of his latest six lengths romp at Ripon. Richard Hannon’s colt is 7lb higher and will find life tougher against the likes of John Gosden’s Encipher, unplaced behind Thunderous in the Dante Stakes at York.
In the Molecomb Stakes, a Group 3 for juveniles over five furlongs, Significantly and Sardinia Sunset are vying for favouritism. Karl Burke’s Significantly, thrice runner-up, travelled strongly before being caught at Sandown, while Sardinia Sunset got the job done at York, beating Furlong Factor. The pair could be vulnerable to one of two Irish raiders, STEEL BULL (2.45).
Michael O’Callaghan gave him his debut only seven days ago at Naas and Steel Bull was well-backed before quickening clear from the odds-on favourite in the style of a smart colt. Aidan O’Brien’s Chief Little Hawk is the most experienced youngster in the line-up and wasn’t given a hard time (third) when trying to concede 5lb to a couple of speedy types at Cork.
SOCIETY LION (4.20) is trading at fairly cramped odds for a 20-runner 7f handicap but can be backed each-way, five places with Paddy Power. Sir Michael Stoute's colt is drawn quite wide but the form of his Doncaster run when splitting Tiger Crusade and Jumaira Bay marked him down as an improving three-year-old.
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