Wednesday 17 January 2018

Hills' Mustajeer reverses the form to make his mark


Mustajeer showed a likeable attitude to open his account at the second time of asking in the NGK Spark Plugs EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes at Newmarket.

The Barry Hills-trained two-year-old landed the mile contest after reversing form with his Doncaster conqueror Linguistic.

Having raced prominently throughout, the 7-1 shot, together with odds-on favourite Linguistic, pulled clear of the field approaching the final quarter of a mile.

For a brief moment it looked as though Linguistic had gained the upper hand, but in determined fashion the son of Medicean rallied well to claim a two-length success.

Hills said: "He gallops and stays and ran a nice race at Doncaster. Paul (Hanagan) said he had a job pulling him up that day. He has done well since then.

"He is still a little bit on the weak side and he won't run again this year."

Bathos completed a four-timer when dictating matters from the front to land the ebm-papst Nursery Handicap. The two-year-old continued his purple patch when boxing on well to claim the mile prize and add to wins gained at Beverley, the Newmarket July course and at Thirsk last time out.

Although Southdown Lad emerged from the pursuing pack late on he could never get close to the heels of the 2-1 favourite, with a length and three-quarters separating them.

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