By Ciaran Judge
This week we had an exciting renewal of the Coral Eclipse. Comfortable Ascot winner, The Fugue headed the betting. Rightfully so after putting in a convincing shift, beating the likes of Treve & Magician last time out. Kingston Hill, True Story & Night Of Thunder were amongst some of the fancied runners in the classy line up.
100/1 shot, Somewhat burst out the stalls to set a quick pace from the get go. Trading Leather & Mukhadram sat in behind following the pace whilst the others were happy to sit some lengths behind the leading trio. The Fugue settled at the back of the field & made no impression on the race whatsoever. Like many of the fancied runners, they sat too far off the pace, unable to quicken up when the time came. Two & a half furlongs from home, Hanagan took Mukhadram to lead. No chance they were going to catch him.
By the time anyone had figured out what was going on, & the front runners showed no signs of slowing, Hanagan had already set his sights for home, chased by Trading Leather & Somewhat, who did well not to fade. A tactical affair that saw last year's 3rd place gain his first group one victory. It's fair to say William Haggas hasn't had the rub of the green when it comes to Mukhadram. Second to African Story in the Dubai World Cup & second to last year's eclipse winner, Al Kazeem at Royal Ascot a year ago.
Connections of the Fugue claim the late falling rain played against her, however, before the race, trainer Gosden made a remark about the rain falling to late for the ground to take it. Haggas may aim Mukhadram for the King George at Ascot in three weeks time.