Markel Insurance Molecomb Stakes
Group 3, Goodwood 15:00
£40,000 added,
2yo only,
5f, Class 1
Wednesday 29th July 2020

Trainer Phillip Makin is considering the Molecomb Stakes for Muker following his fine run in defeat at Royal Ascot on June 17.

The former leading jockey announced his retirement from the saddle last year through injury, having broken a bone in his neck and hurt his back in a nasty fall at Redcar the previous August.

Makin went straight into the training ranks and appears to have unearthed a high-class juvenile in just his second season with a licence, with Muker building on the promise of his debut victory at Newcastle when an excellent third in the Windsor Castle Stakes.

“It was a really good run, and we were obviously delighted with him,” said the Easingwold-based trainer.

“It was a step up in class, but he ran great and probably just got outstayed near the finish. We’ll probably try and stick to speed tracks going forward – it looks as though that’s what he’s about.”

Considering immediate plans, Makin added: “We’ll probably look towards Goodwood for the Molecomb, but we might take him to York first and run him in a novice under a penalty.

“We’re lucky to have him, and hopefully there’s plenty to look forward to.”

Markel Insurance Molecomb Stakes 2019
£75,000 added, 2yo only, 5f, Class 1
13 ran
Going: Good

1 (12)    Liberty Beach 2 8-12 John Quinn Jason Hart 11/8F
2 (6)
1 Alligator Alley 2 9-1 Joseph Patrick O'Brien Donnacha O'Brien 8/1
3 (11) 1 Show Me Show Me 2 9-1 Richard Fahey Paddy Mathers 25/1
4 (2) nse Fan Club Rules 2 9-1 Matthieu Palussiere Like Morris 33/1
5 (13) shd Wheels On Fire 2 9-1 Matthieu Palussiere Daniel Tudhope 20/1
6 (8) Raahy 2 9-1 George Scott Harry Bentley 14/1
7 (4) ½ Air Force Jet 2 9-1 Joseph Patrick O'Brien Oisin Murphy 9/1
8 (10) ¾ Dr Simpson 2 8-12 Tom Dascombe Richard Kingscote 14/1
9 (5) hd Hand On My Heart 2 8-12 Clive Cox Ryan Moore 11/1
10 (7) Maven 2 9-4 Wesley A Ward Frankie Dettori 9/2
11 (3) Cool Sphere 2 9-1 Robert Cowell Silvestre De Sousa 50/1
12 (1) Zulu Zander 2 9-1 David Evans P J McDonald
PU (9) nk Aussie Showstopper 2 9-1 Richard Hughes Shane Kelly 25/1