Sport Horse Racing

Tuesday 27 June 2017

Muhaarar sets course record

Frankie Dettori celebrates his victory on Muhaarar in the Aon Greenham Stakes during the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Meeting at Newbury Racecourse
Frankie Dettori celebrates his victory on Muhaarar in the Aon Greenham Stakes during the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Meeting at Newbury Racecourse

Muhaarar shook up the Qipco 2000 Guineas picture after pulling off a surprise victory in the Aon Greenham Stakes at Newbury.

In a race which could easily have been passed off as a Group One contest such was the quality of the field, the 16-1 winner showed he was not there to make up the numbers when continuing the purple patch of Frankie Dettori.

The Richard Hannon-trained Estidhkaar, a stablemate of favourite Ivawood, cut out the pace up front alongside Toolcoolforschool early on in the seven-furlong event before, being sent on by Paul Hanagan approaching the final two furlongs. It looked as though the move was a decisive one, but Dettori had other plans, ranging the son of Oasis Dream alongside the Champagne Stakes and Superlative Stakes victor inside the furlong marker.

Withstanding a late fightback from Estidkhaar, the Charlie Hills-trained runner stayed on for a neck success, in a course-record time of 1 minute, 20.80 seconds, with Ivawood back in third.

Hills said: “I think the horse has grown up mentally and is so much more relaxed than last year, and that will stand him in good stead for the future.”

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