Koukash delight as Suegioo spearheads cup 1-2
Dr Marwan Koukash found it hard to explain his fascination for the Chester Cup, having won it for the third time, but was adamant that the only other race to excite him with equal intensity is the Melbourne Cup, which he vowed to win as soon as possible
Rain failed to dampen the spirits of the Koukash party after Suegioo (10/1) overcame a skirmish in the home straight with Angel Gabrial, also owned by Koukash, to give the owner a 1-2.
Not since the days of Robert Sangster has an owner set out to win races at this particular meeting with such determination. Asked about his obsession with Chester, Koukash produced an interesting answer.
"Sometimes, it's really hard to explain the reason why you love your wife. Maybe she's not the prettiest in the world, but when you have that type of relationship, you love her. The Chester Cup is the same (type of relationship and love) for me," he pointed out.
Plans are being laid to land next year's Chester Cup, he said, adding that Mount Athos would also be prepared for a third crack at the Melbourne Cup in November.
Roger Varian saddled Anipa to land the Cheshire Oaks at 16/1, but the trainer said it was unlikely she would be supplemented for the Investec Oaks at Epsom on June 6. The filly holds an entry in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.
John Gosden's Bright Approach ran on fairly well for third but was found to have been in season. She will be worth another chance when she too lines up in the Ribblesdale. (©Daily Telegraph, London)