Bet365 Bunbury Cup
Heritage Handicap,
Newmarket 15:10
£120,000 added, 3yo plus,
7f, Class 2  
Saturday 11th July 2015


1 Rene Mathis 16/1
2 One Word More 16/1
3 Heaven's Guest 11/1
4 Related 14/1
NR: Boomshackerlacker (IRE), Highland Colori (IRE), Windfast (IRE)
17 ran Distances: 1l, hd, nse
TIME 1m 22.61s (fast by 0.19s)

Rene Mathis wins the Bunbury Cup for Dr Marwan Koukash

Rene Mathis gave Richard Fahey back-to-back victories in the bet365 Bunbury Cup at Newmarket when coming with a late surge to lift the big seven-furlong handicap.

Paul Hanagan, riding for his former boss, got a tremendous run out of the five-year-old in the final furlong after Related had set a blistering pace.

Rene Mathis (16-1) stuck his neck out to score by a length from One Word More (16-1). Heaven's Guest (11-1), who lifted the prize for Fahey 12 months ago, was a head away in third. Related (14-1) was fourth.

Fahey, who was winning this race for a third time, was completing a big-race double after the success of Birchwood in the bet365 Superlative Stakes.

He said: "When you have two winners at this meeting it's fantastic. Two in a row is great and we've had a winner at Chester. I'm enjoying it.

"Marwan (Koukash) has been very lucky in this race. He won it with Brae Hill (in 2011).

"We've won it three times now and it's been a fantastic race to be involved in.

"I was told to buy the horse at the horses in training sale and got him for £10,000. Then he had chips in his bones but we got them sorted. Since then he's been great and he seems to love this track.

"Seven furlongs on a good track is ideal for him, but he would win over six on slower ground.

"I'll speak to Marwan as to where we go next. It was great to have Paul Hanagan back on board.

"He's in the International at Ascot but quick ground there is a lot different to quick ground here."

Hanagan said: "I had trouble pulling him up. He wasn't doing a whole lot in front. They went quick and he had something to aim at."

On Heaven's Guest, Fahey said: "I just thought the ground was quick enough for him to be at his perfect best. With Heaven's Guest he does what it says on the tin - he tries hard."

Owner Martin McLeod said of the Tim Easterby-trained One Word More: "We are very pleased, but he is crying out for a mile, there are no two ways about it. Now that he is a five-year-old, he is definitely looking for a mile.

"He is entered in a couple of good mile races at Goodwood and Ascot. The target is York, of course, being from a Yorkshire yard."

Trainer David Simcock said of Related: "Brilliant, he could go anywhere, six or seven furlongs, a stiff seven would suit. The run today is up there with the Wokingham run. He is in the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood."


Bunbury Cup (Heritage Handicap)
£120,000 added, 3yo plus, 7f, Class 2
17 ran
Going: Good to Firm

  Dr Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (10) Rene Mathis (GER) 16/1 P Hanagan
R A Fahey 5
2nd (15) 1 One Word More (IRE) 16/1 F Lynch
T D Easterby 5
3rd (12) hd Heaven's Guest (IRE) 11/1 Jack Garritty (3)
R A Fahey 5
4th (6) nse Related 14/1 Tom Marquand (5)
D M Simcock 5
5th (1) hd Jallota 12/1 Jim Crowley
C Hills 4
6th (13) 2 Suzi's Connoisseur 14/1 P J Smullen
S C Williams 4
7th (8) Lulu The Zulu (IRE) 10/1 Alistair Rawlinson (5)
M Appleby 7
8th (16) 1 Sirius Prospect (USA) 33/1 Hayley Turner
D K Ivory 7
9th (2) nk Ayaar (IRE) 7/2f L Dettori
L M Cumani 5
10th (20) ½ Bronze Angel (IRE) 7/1 Louis Steward (3)
M P Tregoning 6
11th (7) Horsted Keynes (FR) 16/1 J P Spencer
D M Simcock 5
12th (3) Unforgiving Minute 10/1 James Doyle
C G Cox 4
13th (5) Firmdecisions (IRE) 10/1 P Cosgrave
D K Ivory 5
14th (9) Louis The Pious 25/1 Dane O'Neill
D O'Meara 7
15th (17) Highland Acclaim (IRE) 33/1 Sam James
D O'Meara 4
16th (4) 6 Chil The Kite 15/2 R Hughes
H Morrison 6
17th (14) 9 Field Of Dream 33/1 J P O'Brien
J A Osborne 8
NR (11) Windfast (IRE) 14/1 R Hughes
B J Meehan 4
NR (18) Boomshacker-lacker (IRE) 20/1 D C Costello
George Baker 5
NR (19) Highland Colori (IRE) 14/1 Non Runner
A M Balding 7

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