Mogul comes good for Aidan O'Brien in Gordon Stakes at Goodwood

Thu 30 Jul 2020

Watch a full replay of how Mogul battled to success in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood plus reaction from Paul Smith.

Mogul opened his account for the season with a hard-fought success in the John Pearce Racing Gordon Stakes at Goodwood.

Well-touted during the winter as a leading Classic contender, Aidan O’Brien’s charge was only fourth on his return at Royal Ascot before finishing sixth in the Derby at the beginning of the month.

This Group Two affair was something of an Epsom re-run, with second-placed Khalifa Sat, fast-finishing fifth English King and 10th-placed Highland Chief all renewing rivalry, with English King sent off the 5-4 favourite.

It was Subjectivist who set out to make all though, building up a healthy lead that he did not relinquish easily once the race began to heat up in the straight.

Khalifa Sat was the first to really challenge, but while Subjectivist repelled his spurt he could not find another gear as first Highland Chief and then Mogul swept down the outside.

It was Mogul (9-2) who had most in reserve, responding to Ryan Moore’s urging to pull three-quarters of a length clear at the line, with Highland Chief second and Subjectivist hanging on for third.

English King appeared to be in trouble from over two furlongs out and had to settle for fourth.

O'Brien said of the winner: "We always felt he was a lovely horse, but we always felt he was going to take two runs and we were hoping to get that into him before the Derby. Obviously the Derby was only his second run and today was his third.

"He's built like a miler - he's a big, strong, powerful horse who carries a lot of weight, so it was always going to take racing to get him tuned up.

"We were delighted with him today and we still think there's more to come from him."

Mogul could be set for a rematch with his Derby-winning stablemate Serpentine in France on his next appearance, with O'Brien viewing Santiago a more obvious contender for the St Leger at Doncaster.

O'Brien added: "We're thinking of going to the Grand Prix de Paris next - that was the plan if everything went well today.

"We felt that was a race that would suit and if both horses (Mogul and Serpentine) are well and we feel it's the right thing to do, they'll both run.

"We think so (Santiago is the yard's main St Leger contender), but there are other horses there. We'll see as we get a bit closer.

"We weren't really sure whether Mogul would get a mile and a half or not, but he toughed it out and it looked like he got it today."

Joint-trainer Paul Cole was delighted with the performance of runner-up Highland Chief, saying: "It was a very exciting race. We knew the horse was quite good and that was a good run.

"He is having a bit of a blow afterwards, which is surprising me slightly, and he has fulfilled the promise we thought he had.

"I've put him in a Group Two in Deauville and that is a possible, as is the Voltigeur at York. We will get him back and see how he is."

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