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By Simon Jackson, London24’s horse racing correspondent
Monday, August 20, 2012
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Ryan Moore bagged his 100th winner of the campaign when he won the feature race at Newbury on Saturday on Mount Athos who is now likely to contest the Melbourne Cup.
The Luca Cumani trained five-year-old was held up in the early stages. He made steady headway to lead two furlongs out and pushed on to win the Group 3 contest by three and a quarter lengths from Brown Panther.
“It was a tough race,” said Moore after the win that preserves his narrow lead in the jockeys’ championship. “They went off quite hard and we were racing from a long way out. I was in front sooner than I’d wanted.”
The victory completed a feature race double on consecutive days at Newbury for the three time champion jockey who 24 hours earlier won the Listed Bathwick Tyres St Hugh’s Stakes on Rosdhu Queen.
The William Haggas trained two-year-old was sent off the 11-10 favourite on the back of an impressive win on her debut at Ripon last month. She stuck to her task well in the closing stages to land the £23,000 contest by three quarters of a length, the manner of the victory impressing Haggas’s wife Maureen who saddled the filly.
“That was great. I am really, really pleased,” Maureen Haggas said. “She was a bit green but wanted to win. The second pushed her all the way. The others all had a bit more experience. We will keep her to five furlongs. York will come a bit too soon for her and there are quite a few options at five furlongs.”