World Pool Dash
|Heritage Handicap, Epsom 15:45
5f, Class 2
|Saturday 5th June 2021|
1 Mokaatil 25/1
2 Only Spoofing 13/2
3 Stone Of Destiny 5/1
4 Mondammej 6/1
16 ran NR: Caspian Prince, Rose Hip, Sunday Sovereign, Yimou
Distances: 1½l, nk, ½l Time: 55.63s (slow by 1.63s)
Mokaatil was a surprise winner at 25-1 for trainer Ian Williams and jockey David Egan.
The five-furlong contest was as fast and furious as ever, with Son And Sannie blazing the early trail down the middle of the track before his stride just started to shorten reaching the final furlong.
Mokaatil was just hitting top gear at that point and once he assumed the lead, he stretched right out to win by a length and a half.
Only Spoofing took second, with Stone Of Destiny third.
Egan said: “It’s a lovely way to break the duck. It’s my first Dash, so it’s brilliant.
“It’s been a little while coming. I’ve been riding here since I was a 7lb claimer without managing to come home in front, so hopefully they’ll come like London buses from now on!
“He’s a horse that’s been running over six and seven furlongs. He was able to jump the gates well and get a position without me having to put him under too much pressure for the first half of the race. He went way past the line and he’d have no trouble going back up to six.”
Williams admitted he was not certain the Epsom five furlongs would suit his charge, who has also won over six in the past.
He said: “It was a bold move really and we weren’t sure we’d done the right thing, but when the rain came that was going to help him a bit and he’s put up probably a career-best performance, which was great.
“The gentlemen that own him enjoy their racing and we spoke today about coming here and enjoying the moment, see how we go, and they’ve walked away with the winner of the Dash. It’s fantastic, we’re all happy.”
He added: “David did a very good job of getting an early position, he kept him in the race when he could have been taken off his feet and, to be fair, he finished very strongly, like a horse who does stay a bit further.
“I just thought if we were running over this sort of trip, he’s going to want every bit of help he can, he’s not going to be pulling too hard so (the blinkers) worked a treat today.”
“I’d love to say this has been in the book for the last six months and it’s a big plan, but I think we’ve been very fortunate with the way the race has been run and he’s run very well, so we’ll take him home and see what we do next – and what the handicapper does next.”
World Pool 'Dash' (Heritage Handicap)
£75,000 added, 3yo plus, 5f, Class 2
Going: Good to Soft
POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (13) Mokaatil 6 8-4 Ian Williams David Egan 25/1
2 (20) 1½ Only Spoofing 7 8-11 Kevin Thomas Coleman Tom Marquand 13/2
3 (17) nk Stone Of Destiny 6 9-10 Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy 5/1
4 (18) ½ Mondammej 4 8-9 Antony Brittain Cam Hardie 6/1
5 (5) ½ Lord Riddiford 6 8-12 John Quinn Jason Hart 12/1
6 (2) nk Recon Mission 5 8-9 Tony Carroll Ray Dawson 9/1
7 (16) nk Copper Knight 7 8-12 Tim Easterby James Sullivan 9/2F
8 (9) ¾ Saaheq 7 8-4 Amanda Perrett Hayley Turner 33/1
9 (14) shd Get Boosting 4 8-5 Iain Jardine Jamie Gormley 33/1
10 (3) hd Blue De Vega 8 9-3 Robert Cowell Ben Curtis 18/1
11 (1) ½ Pettochside 12 8-6 John Bridger George Rooke 28/1
12 (7) 1½ Son And Sannie 5 8-2 Paul Midgley Kieran O'Neill 20/1
3 (6) ¾ Ornate 8 9-6 David C Griffiths Phil Dennis 16/1
20 (12) shd Duke Of Firenze 12 8-0 David C Griffiths J F Egan 25/1
13 (11) nk Han Solo Berger 6 8-7 Chris Wall George Wood 14/1
2 (15) nk Exalted Angel 5 9-10 K R Burke Clifford Lee 20/1
4 (19) Sunday Sovereign 4 9-6 Tim Easterby NON RUNNER
12 (10) Rose Hip 6 8-8 4ex Tony Carroll NON RUNNER
14 (8) Yimou 6 8-7 Dean Ivory NON RUNNER
NR (5) 4 Caspian Prince 12 9-4 Michael Appleby NON RUNNER