Mohaather ready for Guineas bid

15 April 2019 18:50:25 GMTPlus10

Connections of Greenham Stakes winner Mohaather believe he has earned himself a tilt at the 2,000 Guineas following his weekend success at Newbury.

The Marcus Tregoning-trained colt quickened up smartly to win the Greenham from Great Scott, taking his record to three wins in four starts.

He has now secured a brace of Group Three wins at Newbury and owner Hamdan Al Maktoum is likely to make the final decision on his Classic credentials this week, following the Craven Meeting at Newmarket.

His racing manager Angus Gold was upbeat about the possibility of seeing Mohaather line up over a mile in next month's Classic, for which he's now quoted at 13.00.

"He's earned the right to go for the Guineas," said Gold. "He quickened like a fast horse on Saturday and has won two Group Threes.

"I spoke to Gaie Johnson Houghton [Mohaather's breeder] and she thought he would get a mile as he's relaxed. I would say Sheikh Hamdan would like to give it a go depending on what happens [this] week [at Newmarket]."

The Jersey at Royal Ascot in June will be an option for Mohaather should he fail to see out a mile in the interim.

Sheikh Hamdan's Almashriq is entered in the bet365 Craven Stakes at Newmarket on Wednesday but is more likely going to run 24 hours later, says Gold.

"He's more likely to go for the conditions race over seven furlongs on Thursday rather than the Craven, but we'll look at both races," he added.

"He's always been a nice horse but coughed for a long time last year, which held him up, and he didn't run until the all-weather. He's potentially exciting and might want further."

Too Darn Hot isĀ 4.00 to win the 2,000 Guineas for trainer John Gosden, despite a setback ruling him out of Saturday's Greenham Stakes.

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