Mokarris (centre) won impressively at Newbury
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
By Alex Wiltshire 4:25PM 15 JUL 2016
Report: Newbury, Friday
TKP Surfacing Rose Bowl Stakes (Listed) 6f, 2yo Fillies and colts
MOKARRIS dominated the field as he won the TKP Surfacing Rose Bowl Stakes at Newbury in impressive fashion under Paul Hanagan.
The son of More Than Ready was an expensive purchase at 220,000 guineas back in April for owner Hamdan Al Maktoum and had instantly rewarded connections with a debut win at Haydock.
However he failed to shine in the Coventry Stakes next time but left behind that disappointing run on soft ground to demonstrate clear potential that he could be an astute acquisition.
The Simon Crisford-trained colt was sent off a well backed 9-4 favourite for the race and Hanagan bided his time before taking up the running inside the furlong pole and won going away from the field. Nobly Born finished second for trainer John Gosden, with Kodiline third.
Jockey Paul Hanagan was taken aback with the performance, and highlighted the conditions and atmosphere as his downfall at Ascot.
“I was really impressed,” he said. “I was really impressed when he won first time at Haydock when I rode another one and he came past me really good.
“He’s a breeze-up horse and has that mentality in that you have to go quietly with him. Today he was bombproof. The whole occasion and the ground at Ascot got to him. He’s quick and the faster they go the better.”
As a late season target, Mokarris could head to York for the Gimcrack Stakes on August 20 as he holds an entry for the Group 2 contest.
Looking further ahead, despite Hanagan’s belief that speed is his greatest asset, Paddy Power were sufficiently impressed to price him at 33-1 for next year’s 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.