|Group 3, Ascot 14:25
7f, Class 1
|Thursday 18th June 2020|
2 Monarch Of Egypt 4/1
3 Symbolize 40/1
13 ran NR: Fleeting Prince, Repartee
Distances: ½l, 3¼l, ½l Time: 1m 28.94s (slow by 3.24s)
Jockey Jim Crowley is enjoying a Royal Ascot to remember, and he recorded his fifth winner of the week when Molatham landed this Grade 3 by half a length from Monarch Of Egypt after a sustained battle. Like all of Crowley’s four previous winners this week, Molatham is owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum, to whom Crowley is retained jockey.
Crowley said: “Molatham was very tough. He had the one run at the backend of last year on soft ground at Newmarket and he didn’t fire. His form before that was very strong. He beat Wichita at Doncaster earlier in the year.
“I had been down to ride him work earlier in the year when we were thinking of the 2000 Guineas. He was working quite lazily at home, but today when the rain had come, I was a little bit concerned. However, when you look at his pedigree, it showed that he wouldn’t mind a bit of cut in the ground and the way he moves suggests that too. He handled soft ground well today and maybe at Newmarket last season it was the undulations that caught him out.
“I got headed and probably found myself there too soon in the race. Molatham is a horse who does not want to be in front two furlongs out. He was going so well and I found myself in front. On the soft ground, it was difficult for me to sit and then expect him to pick up, so I went for home on him. I got headed [by Monarch Of Egypt, second] and that did me a favour.
“The reason we came back to seven furlongs is that we weren’t 100% sure he would get the mile. However, on that run today, you would imagine a mile would not be a problem, but I don’t think there is a need to step back up at the moment.
“He is just as good on fast ground and now soft ground, so that is another string to his bow really.
“I had six winners at Royal Ascot coming into this! I am not complaining though. When you are a jockey, you take one for the meeting, so to get five is great. I am very lucky to ride such nice horses and for such a big operation.”
Trainer Roger Varian, enjoying a 57.5/1 double on day three following the Wolferon Stakes success of Mountain Angel, said: “Molatham is a lovely horse with a great temperament. He has done nothing wrong in his career, really – he was second here in a very good maiden on his debut, and the form of his Listed win reads very well with Wichita, the 2000 Guineas second, in behind him that day.
“We have always thought the world of this horse and he has come to himself in the last few weeks. It is nice to have a good horse like this for Sheikh Hamdan, who has been a great supporter of mine since I started.
“Molatham has got a top attitude. He might not ever win by four lengths because he is not that sort of horse, but he is tough and straightforward, and obviously very talented.
“He looks like he will get a mile. He is built like a fast horse, so I don’t think he will get beyond a mile, but the way he gutsed it out here on this ground over this stiff seven, it looks like he will get a mile. But he travelled and Jim [Crowley] said he almost got there too soon, so he doesn’t lack speed, this guy.
“We will keep everything on the table at the moment. Molatham is obviously one of the top three-year-olds around after that performance, and at some point those nice three-year-olds will have to come together, but… I will speak with Sheikh Hamdan and Sheikh Hamdan’s team, we will see how he comes out of this race and we will see which direction we want to go with the horse. He is a jolly nice horse to look forward to with.
“Nothing is impossible – he has just won a Jersey and this race has a rich history of producing good horses. He looked a good horse today, and we will be excited about him for the rest of the season for sure.”
Winner: £35,520, 3yo only, 7f, Class 1
1 (5) Molatham 3 9-1 Roger Varian Jim Crowley 11/2
2 (6) ½ Monarch Of Egypt 3 9-1 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 4/1
3 (14) 3¼ Symbolize 3 9-1 Andrew Balding David Probert 40/1
4 (1) ½ Ropey Guest 3 9-1 George Margarson Tom Queally 33/1
5 (2) 2 Celestin 3 9-1 F Chappet James Doyle 9/2
6 (15) 1¼ King Leonidas 3 9-1 John Gosden Frankie Dettori 9/4F
7 (13) 3¼ Final Song 3 8-12 Saeed bin Suroor William Buick 8/1
8 (3) 1¼ Lord Of The Lodge 3 9-1 K R Burke Ben Curtis 33/1
9 (12) 1¼ Mystery Power 3 9-1 Richard Hannon Silvestre De Sousa 18/1
10 (10) nk Above 3 9-1 Archie Watson Oisin Murphy 66/1
11 (9) 3 Mister Snowdon 3 9-1 Richard Hughes Shane Kelly 66/1
12 (11) hd King Of Athens 3 9-1 A P O'Brien Sean Levey 40/1
13 (8) 3¼ Ventura Lightning 3 9-1 Richard Fahey Tony Hamilton 80/1
NR 3 (7) Fleeting Prince 3 9-1 Charles Hills NON RUNNER
NR 11 (4) Repartee 3 9-1 Kevin Ryan NON RUNNER
JERSEY STAKES WINNERS
YR/DATE GR WINNER TRAINER JOCKEY OWNER AGE/WGT SP
2019 SPACE TRAVELLER
2018 EXPERT EYE
2017 3 LE BRIVIDO Andre Fabre FR Pierre-Charles Boudot HRH Prince Faisal bin Khaled 3-9-01 2/1F
2016 3 RIBCHESTER Richard Fahey William Buick Godolphin 3-9-06 7/1
2015 3 DUTCH CONNECTION Charlie Hills Jim Crowley Susan Roy/Cheveley Park Stud 3-9-04 14/1
2014 3 MUSTAJEEB Dermot Weld IRE Pat Smullen Hamdan Al Maktoum 3-9-04 9/2JF
2013 3 GALE FORCE TEN Aidan O’Brien IRE Joseph O’Brien Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier 3-8-12 9/2F
2012 3 ISHVANA Aidan O’Brien IRE Seamie Heffernan Annemarie O’Brien 3-8-12 20/1
2011 3 STRONG SUIT Richard Hannon snr Richard Hughes Julie Wood 3-9-06 11/1
2010 3 RAINFALL Mark Johnston Ryan Moore Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum 3-8-12 8/1
2009 3 OUQBA Barry Hills Tadhg O’Shea Hamdan Al Maktoum 3-9-01 12/1
2008 3 AQLAAM William Haggas Richard Hills Hamdan Al Maktoum 3-9-01 13/2
2007 3 TARIQ Peter Chapple-Hyam Jimmy Fortune Saleh Al Homaizi/Imad Al Sagar 3-9-01 15/2
2006 3 JEREMY Sir Michael Stoute Mick Kinane Betty Moran 3-9-01 9/2
*2005 3 PROCLAMATION Jeremy Noseda Johnny Murtagh Abdullah Saeed Belhab 3-8-13 7/1
2004 3 KHELEYF Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 3-8-10 6/1
2003 3 MEMBERSHIP Clive Brittain Gary Stevens Saeed Manana 3-8-10 20/1
2002 3 JUST JAMES Jeremy Noseda Olivier Peslier Lucayan Stud 3-8-11 20/1
2001 3 MOZART Aidan O’Brien IRE Michael Kinane Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier 3-8-11 7/4F
2000 3 OBSERVATORY John Gosden Kevin Darley Khalid Abdullah 3-8-11 11/2
1999 3 LOTS OF MAGIC Richard Hannon snr Dane O’Neill Peter Valentine 3-8-11 33/1
1998 3 DIKTAT David Loder Darryll Holland Sheikh Mohammed 3-8-10 3/1F
1997 3 AMONG MEN Michael Stoute Michael Kinane Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier 3-8-13 4/1F
1996 3 LUCAYAN PRINCE David Loder Richard Hughes Lucayan Stud 3-8-10 50/1
1995 3 SERGEYEV Richard Hannon snr Richard Hughes Brian Stewart-Brown 3-8-10 5/1F
1994 3 DH GNEISS= Julie Cecil Paul Eddery Matthew Oram 3-8-10 10/1
3 DH RIVER DEEP= Paul Cole Richard Quinn Fahd Salman 3-8-10 20/1
1993 3 ARDKINGLASS Henry Cecil Willie Ryan Sir David Wills 3-9-01 10/1
1992 3 PRINCE FERDINAND Matt McCormack John Reid Jill Winch 3-9-01 6/1
1991 3 SATIN FLOWER John Gosden Steve Cauthen Sheikh Mohammed 3-8-07 12/1
1990 3 SALLY ROUS Geoff Wragg Gary Carter Sir Philip Oppenheimer 3-8-07 20/1
1989 3 ZILZAL Michael Stoute Walter Swinburn Mana Al Maktoum 3-8-10 10/11F
1988 3 INDIAN RIDGE David Elsworth Cash Asmussen Anne Coughlan 3-8-10 10/1
1987 3 MIDYAN Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen Prince A A Faisal 3-9-01 11/2
1986 3 CLIVEDEN Guy Harwood Greville Starkey Anthony Speelman 3-8-10 9/1
1985 3 PENNINE WALK Jeremy Tree Pat Eddery Stavros Niarchos 3-8-10 9/2F
1984 3 MISS SILCA KEY David Elsworth Brian Rouse E Aldridge & Son (Locksmiths) 3-8-07 15/1
1983 3 TECORNO Dick Hern Willie Carson Countess M Esterhazy 3-8-06 8/1
1982 3 MERLINS CHARM Barry Hills Steve Cauthen Robert Sangster 3-8-07 9/1
1981 3 RASA PENANG Robert Armstrong Lester Piggott U Wijewardene 3-8-10 11/1
1980 3 HARD FOUGHT Michael Stoute Lester Piggott Brook Holliday 3-9-02 15/8F
1979/ 3 BLUE REFRAIN John Benstead Brian Rouse Mrs L Wood 3-9-02 12/1
1978 3 CAMDEN TOWN Peter Walwyn Pat Eddery Sir Jules Thorn 3-8-10 4/1F
1977 3 ETIENNE GERARD Michael Stoute Paul Cook P Philipps 3-8-10 25/1
*run at York