Classy stallion Mouro has scored his third straight win this afternoon, producing a huge final straight sprint to win the 2014 Group 3 TAB Rewards Stakes (1400m) from Mourinho and Fat Al at Flemington Racecourse.
Having jumped fairly and settled amongst the pack, leading jockey Craig Williams found a clear path for the talented Grand Slam entire, who comfortably overcame the early straight pace of pre-post favourite Strawberry Boy and managed to maintain a half-length ahead of a fast-finishing $81 outsider Mourinho.
Foreman for trainer Tony McEvoy, Jason Robertson was happy with Mouro’s performance in the TAB Rewards Stakes and outlined the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) as the major target following the win.
“It’s a great result, Tony will be very happy with that” Robertson said.
“The horse has been fantastic at home; he was nice and fresh for today and has never really let us down in any runs.
“1400 first-up suited him beautifully and a great ride from Craig.
“He’ll head up to Sydney tomorrow night, wake up there Monday morning and we’ll see how we go; try and get him to the Doncaster.
“There’s more to come here, he’ll take a lot out of the run.”
Craig Williams produced a typically brilliant ride on the talented five-year-old and was quick to praise the strong final straight efforts of Mouro.
“He had the right form for this type of race; we saw we he did in his last preparation here” Williams said.
“It’s really important to get a good rhythm with him; he’s quit e bullish type of character to ride and today the race worked out really well.
“I thought he was solid enough, but I know he will come on from the run and I like the way he’s going.
“He’s a nice horse and Tony McEvoy will have a good plan for him, that’s for sure.”
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2014 TAB Rewards Stakes Results
|1||1||MOURO (USA)||Tony McEvoy||Craig Williams||–||1||58.5kg||$5|
|2||5||MOURINHO||Peter Gelagotis||Anthony Darmanin||0.4L||8||54.5kg||$101|
|3||2||FAT AL||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||3.65L||2||56kg||$26|
|4||10||OUR HAND OF FAITH||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||3.75L||3||54kg||$5.50|
|5||6||UNDER THE EIFFEL||Tony Vasil||Corey Brown||4.05L||10||54.5kg||$17|
|6||3||DANY THE FOX (NZ)||Mick Price||Glen Boss||4.15L||7||55kg||$7|
|7||4||STRAWBERRY BOY||Peter G Moody||Daniel Stackhouse||4.65L||6||55kg||$3.60F|
|8||7||FLYING HUSSLER||Stephen Theodore||Craig Newitt||7.4L||5||54kg||$21|
|9||9||BEL THOR||Wez Hunter||Chris Symons||8.4L||9||54kg||$14|
|10||8||HIGH ESTEEM||Peter G Moody||Vlad Duric||8.5L||4||54kg||$10|