Outsider Miracle Of Medinah lands a surprise victory at Newbury on FridayPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Medinah produces miracle in Rose Bowl
Report: Newbury, Friday
Rose Bowl Stakes - Sponsored by Compton Beauchamp Estates Ltd (Listed Race) 6f, 2yo, colts and fillies
MIRACLE OF MEDINAH ran out the shock winner of the Rose Bowl Stakes, leading from pillar to post as the well backed odds-on favourite Thunder Strike proved very disappointing, finishing in last place.
The Mark Usher-trained colt, who had won his last two races at Lingfield and Salisbury, completed the hat-trick in fine style as the 33-1 rank outsider.
"People like myself don't dare to think too much of our horses but he is obviously improving and loves this ground but he is very much a two-year-old and loves his racing for a little colt," said Usher.
"I didn't put him in the Gimcrack this week but whether we go for the Richmond at Goodwood with the ground still fast I don't know. He cost 3,000gns and is in the Doncaster sales race at York which is big money on August 22, so that is most appealing but he could take in Goodwood as he takes his racing so well."
The son of Milk It Mick, who cost just £3,000, was the only runner in the race with a Group entry but proved too quick for his rivals and extended his unbeaten record over 6f to three.
Thunder Strike, the mount of Richard Hughes, had gone into the race as the heavily backed 1-2 favourite following a fourth-placed finish in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.
He was settled in behind Miracle Of Medinah in the early stages, but it was apparent inside the final two furlongs that the Richard Hannon-trained colt was struggling to stick with Liam Keniry's speedy mount and he soon tailed off to finish dead last with the 14-1 Mappa Mundi proving second best behind the winner.