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Moohaajim - Newbury 22/9/2012

Moohaajim: Mill Reef winner is entered in the Dewhurst and Middle Park

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Moohaajim 20-1 for Guineas after easy win  

Report: Newbury, Saturday

Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (Group 2) 6f, 2yo

MOOHAAJIM was given a quote of 20-1 by William Hill for next year's Qipco 2,000 Guineas after running out an impressive winner of the Mill Reef.

A winner on his debut at Ascot in July, Moohaajim was pitched in at the deep end in the Group 1 Prix Morny on his next start, running with credit to finish a close fifth.

He confirmed that promise with a dominant display under Adam Kirby, scoring with plenty in hand as the 5-2 favourite. Pacesetter Master Of War finished second, with the unlucky-in-running Taayel third.

Travelling strongly on the heels of the leaders, Moohaajim was momentarily trapped behind runners as Richard Hughes upped the tempo on Master Of War.

At that point, Kirby took matters into his own hands, edging out Cougar Ridge to gain enough room to deliver a race-winning move.

The manoeuvre meant Cougar Ridge in-turn interfered with Taayel but Moohaajim was a worthy winner and appears to be destined to a return to Group 1 level.

Trainer Marco Botti said: "He was a bit unlucky in France and probably didn't have the best run but finished fifth in Group 1 company so it was an encouraging performance.

"Adam said he was always in control, the horse travelled well and he has a tremendous turn of foot. He is in the Dewhurst Stakes and the Middle Park. We will see how he comes out."

Of the second, Richard Hannon said: "I'm very happy with our horse as the winner could be very good.

"Richard said he went a hell of a gallop and he had all them beat apart from the winner. He's a grand little horse but he just finds one too good occasionally. We'll probably keep him going."

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