Mohawk King swoops late to take opener
The opening Anders Foundation British EBF Crocker Bulteel Maiden went the way of debutant Mohawk King (Richard Hannon/Pat Dobbs, 6/1), who got up close home to score by a head from Churchill Bay (Clive Cox/Adam Kirby, 15/2), with a 100/30 favourite Mayaas (William Haggas/Tom Marquand) a further neck back in third.
Winning trainer Richard Hannon said: Richard Hannon: “Mohawk King is a very nice colt. He came home from the breeze-ups; he wasn’t a runaway or anything like that, he is a gentleman.
“He missed the gate by design today because we didn’t want him to pull too hard, and I was pleased with the way he came through horses. We trained the mare, actually – Marsh Hawk – a very good mare.
“We think quite a bit of him, and our other horse [Shanghai Rock, sixth] ran well too. I should think it was quite a hot race.
“I’ll speak to Sheikh Isa [Salman Al Khalifa, owner of Mohawk King] and see what he thinks. That is the first winner I have trained for him; I was starting to think it wasn’t going to happen!
“He’s up to that level [running in a Group race], it’s just how we find our way there. He will get seven and we might look at something like the Acomb (7f, G3, York, 19 August).”
Jockey Pat Dobbs added: “He was very professional and travelled like the winner all the way. I just waited for gaps and he quickened up well.”
Jockey Tom Marquand (third on Mayaas) opined that is was “very quick ground”, while in the view of Thomas Greatrex (fifth on El Patron) is was “good ground”.
Following the opening race, the going description was changed to Good to Firm all over (from Good to Firm, Good in places).
12.40pm Anders Foundation British EBF Crocker Bulteel Maiden
1 Mohawk King – Richard Hannon 2-9-00 Pat Dobbs 6/1
2 Churchill Bay – Clive Cox 2-9-00 Adam Kirby 15/2
3 Mayaas – William Haggas 2-9-00 Tom Marquand 100/30 Fav
Winner owned by Isa Salman Al Khalifa
Breeding: b c Siyouni (FR) – Marsh Hawk (Invincible Spirit (IRE))
Breeder: Rockcliffe Stud
Non-Runners: 9 Royal Musketeer (Self Cert – Bruised Foot), 11 Tacitus (Self Certificate, Abscess)
Time: 1m 15.46s
Distances: hd, nk
Tote: Win: £7.10 Places: £2.80, £2.50, £1.10 Exacta: £58.80