His Highness Sheikh Hamdan’s illustrious blue and white silks were carried to Group 1 glory once again as MOHAATHER struck in a thrilling renewal of the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on July 29.
The four-year-old colt, an easy winner of the Group 2 Summer Mile on his last start, was restrained by Sheikh Hamdan’s retained jockey Jim Crowley in the early stages of the race and came with a powerful late run to deny three-time top-level winner CIRCUS MAXIMUS and hitherto undefeated Irish 2,000 Guineas hero SISKIN.
MOHAATHER was sent out by Marcus Tregoning, a long-standing trainer for Sheikh Hamdan who has saddled celebrities such as EKRAAR, FINJAAN, MAWATHEEQ, MUBTAKER, NAYEF and RUMOUSH for the owner.
“This is pretty special,” Tregoning said after the race. “I’m lucky to train horses for Sheikh Hamdan because he’s been an avid supporter.
“MOHAATHER is a proper horse. It was a little bit of a nightmare [how the race panned out] but I knew if he got out then he’d have the speed. He’s got a very good turn of foot and finds heaps under pressure.”
MOHAATHER is by SHOWCASING, a paternal grandson of late Nunnery Stud stalwart GREEN DESERT via OASIS DREAM.
GREEN DESERT’S other great sire son INVINCIBLE SPIRIT is responsible for Commonwealth Cup winner EQTIDAAR.
MOHAATHER was bred by Gaie Johnson Houghton out of the Listed-placed INCHINOR mare ROODEYE, making him a brother to dual US Grade 2 winner PRIZE EXHIBIT and a half-brother to the dam of Queen Anne Stakes hero ACCIDENTAL AGENT.
Further back it is the family of top sprinting two-year-olds ASTAIRE, BANNISTER and DEAD CERTAIN.