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Montjeu's Mount Athos Too Good in Ormonde
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14.45 at CHEG3 Boodles Diamond Ormonde S.  [13f 89yds (T)]Winner: Mount Athos (Ire), g, 6 by Montjeu (Ire)
Friday, Chester, Britain
BOODLES DIAMOND ORMONDE S.-G3, £75,000, Chester, 5-10, 4yo/up, 13f 89ydsT, 2:56.13, gd/sf.
1--MOUNT ATHOS (IRE), 126, g, 6, by Montjeu (Ire)
1st Dam: Ionian Sea (GB) (SW-Fr), by Slip Anchor (GB)
2nd Dam: Snow Day (Fr), by Reliance II (Fr)
3rd Dam: Vindaria, by Roi Dagobert (Fr)
(190,000gns HIT ‘10 TATHIT). O-Dr Marwan Koukash; B-David Magnier & Cobra Bloodstock; T-Luca Cumani; J-Jamie Spencer; £42,533. Lifetime Record: 23-8-0-1, £303,935. *3/4 to The Great Gatsby (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells), G1SP-Eng & Ity, GSP-Ire, $744,018; Magritte (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells), G1SP; Roman Empress (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells), G1SP-Eng & GSP-Ire, $138,790; and Imperial Monarch (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), Co. Hwt 3yo-Fr at 11-14f, G1SW-Fr & GSW-Eng, $519,804. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2--Mad Moose (Ire), 126, g, 9, Presenting (GB)--Sheshollystar (Ire), by Fourstars Allstar. (€11,000 HIT ‘08 TATJUN). O-Middleham Park Racing XXXV & Partner; B-E & M Murphy; T-Nigel Twiston-Davies; £16,125.
3--Communicator (GB), 126, g, 5, Motivator (GB)--Goodie Twosues (GB), by Fraam (GB). O/B-Lady Davis; T-Andrew Balding; £8,070.
Margins: 9, 14, 12. Odds: 11-8, 20-1, 13-2.
Also Ran: Memphis Tennessee (Ire), Zafarqand (Ire), Luthien (Ire).
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   Mount Athos looked the best in the line-up beforehand and he was clearly that way throughout every step as Jamie Spencer opted to put his rivals to the sword from the get-go. Previously a smart prospect, the bay came to the fore last term when beating the subsequent Group-placed High Jinx (Ire) (High Chaparral {Ire}) by four lengths under top weight in York’s Listed Silver Cup over 14 furlongs in July. Following that with an impressive win in the G3 Geoffrey Freer S. at Newbury the next month, he was geared towards a tilt at the G1 Melbourne Cup and ran with credit there to be fifth despite being caught too far back when the real action began. Sent straight to the lead here, he shrugged off his market rival Memphis Tennessee (Ire) (Hurricane Run {Ire}) and maintained the crushing momentum all the way to the line, with the steeplechaser Mad Moose the only rival able to stay within hailing distance. "It’s all scuffed up towards the rail and he’s a real fast-ground horse," his rider commented. ‘It was a brave decision to run, as the conditions were against him." Despite owner Dr Marwan Koukash’s initial soundings that the winner could reappear in Friday’s G2 Yorkshire Cup, trainer Luca Cumani was charting another path. "He doesn’t go to York, as he’s too good a horse to run that often," he said. "Marwan gave me two objectives this year, this race and the Melbourne Cup, so now it’s all eyes on the Melbourne Cup. He’s a very, very generous horse and puts a lot into what he does. He’s always very eager to please and although he looks like he’s doing it easily, he does put a lot of effort in. Last year, he won his three races in England nicely spaced out and I think we'll stick with the plan. He will probably have another two, or maybe three races before the Melbourne Cup but we’re not going to abuse him at this stage."

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