Tregoning keen on Guineas bid after Mohaather shows 'brilliance' in Greenham
A Classic trial is all about learning something new and Mohaather left connections in little doubt that he has the brilliance to mix it in the big league this year after putting the Watership Down Stud Greenham Stakes to bed with a potent turn of foot, setting up a possible tilt at the Qipco 2,000 Guineas.
There was no Too Darn Hot to test his credentials against, but that should not detract too heavily from Mohaather, who came from left field to land the Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes last season and proved there was no fluke about that 33-1 success with a striking win under Jim Crowley at more modest odds of 9-2.
"I was very confident," revealed Tregoning, who left nothing to chance in the son of Showcasing's preparation. "He was very fit. I gave him his first bit of work back on January 29. I did that in case we had a hold-up, but we've had a clear run and I'd have been hugely disappointed if he hadn't been thereabouts today."
If there is one question outstanding for Mohaather, cut to a general 16-1 for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas on May 4, it is whether he will definitively stay a mile, but Tregoning was of the opinion he would and Newmarket looks the most likely next port of call.
"There will be a discussion about the Guineas," said the trainer. "Personally, I think he will get the mile on faster ground but it will be up to Sheikh Hamdan where he goes.
"I saw brilliance today for the first time with him and there was never really any doubt."
Winning rider Crowley agreed that the Guineas trip was just about within the winner's range. "He's very relaxed and the one thing he's not going to do is use too much energy in a race. He galloped out past the line well," said the former champion jockey.
"There's no reason why he shouldn't get a mile but that's going to be the top end of his trip."
There was an orderly queue of well-wishers in the winner's enclosure, with a genuine sense of joy that Tregoning may have another top-notcher on his hands, 13 years after Sir Percy finished runner-up in the Guineas before scoring a fairytale success in the Derby.
"It's what we all aspire to," said Tregoning when asked what it meant to have a potential Classic contender on his hands once again.
"Sir Percy was a top-class champion two-year-old and this horse has a lot of class. He's easy to train because he's lovely and settled and it's a thrill for everybody."
Having finished second with Iconic Choice in the Fred Darling, Tom Dascombe filled the same spot here with Great Scot, who is already proven at a mile and looks set for the 2,000 Guineas.
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