Mohawk Tops O’Brien Trifecta In Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes

Aidan O’Brien, trainer of Middle Park Stakes hotpot Ten Sovereigns later in the card, got his day off to the perfect start by saddling the first three home in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket.

With 7-4 market leader Beatboxer proving bitterly disappointing, the way was clear for the O’Brien contingent to come to the fore and 8-1 chance Mohawk (Galileo) was delivered perfectly by Donnacha O’Brien in the final furlong to score by a length-and-a-quarter.

It was Mohawk’s first attempt at the mile trip and his pedigree suggests he’ll improve further as he goes up to middle distances as a three-year-old.

The winning trainer said: “He’s a lovely horse, he’s been coming along lovely and he loved going a mile. He’ll be a lovely middle distance for next year.

“He’s progressing really well and we’ll probably put him away now for the classic trials in the spring.

“The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile would be a possibility but I think I would probably like to leave him now and wait for the spring. I would imagine that he’s done enough.

“He’ll be very happy starting at a mile before progressing from there. “

Winning jockey Donnacha O’Brien added: “He was pretty straightforward and he’s a lovely, uncomplicated horse. It’s a lovely race to win and he should go on from that. He will be a nice horse for next year.

“I’ve had a good year and been lucky enough to ride some wonderful horses and in some big races. I’m very grateful and thankful.”

Mohawk’s success is a major boost to the form of Quorto, who thrashed Mohawk by seven-a-half-lengths in the Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh earlier in the month.

Aidan O’Brien’s stable had been under a bit of a cloud this summer, but the Ballydoyle yard has come out of the doldrums in recent weeks and he gained a 1-2-3 in the Group 2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes as the Wayne Lordon-ridden Sydney Opera House (20/1) and the Seamus Heffernan-partnered Cape Of Good Hope chased home impressive winner Mohawk (8/1).

Mohawk had a length and a quarter to spare over his stablemates and O’Brien said: “I’m very happy with the placed horses. Wayne’s horse is a lovely middle-distance horse for next year and Seamie’s horse is the same. It’s a bit of time since he last ran (77 days) and he ran a lovely race.”

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