Dash delight for Williams and Egan with Mokaatil

Mokaatil was a surprise 25-1 winner of the World Pool “Dash” Handicap for trainer Ian Williams and jockey David Egan.

The five-furlong contest was as fast and furious as ever, with Son And Sannie blazing the early trail down the middle of the track before his stride just started to shorten reaching the final furlong.

Mokaatil was just hitting top gear at that point and once he assumed the lead, he stretched right out to win by a length and a half.

Only Spoofing took second, with Stone Of Destiny third.

Egan said: “It’s a lovely way to break the duck. It’s my first Dash, so it’s brilliant.

“It’s been a little while coming. I’ve been riding here since I was a 7lb claimer without managing to come home in front, so hopefully they’ll come like London buses from now on!

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“He’s a horse that’s been running over six and seven furlongs. He was able to jump the gates well and get a position without me having to put him under too much pressure for the first half of the race. He went way past the line and he’d have no trouble going back up to six.”

Williams admitted he was not certain the Epsom five furlongs would suit his charge, who has also won over six in the past.

He said: “It was a bold move really and we weren’t sure we’d done the right thing, but when the rain came that was going to help him a bit and he’s put up probably a career-best performance, which was great.

“The gentlemen that own him enjoy their racing and we spoke today about coming here and enjoying the moment, see how we go, and they’ve walked away with the winner of the Dash. It’s fantastic, we’re all happy.”

He added: “David did a very good job of getting an early position, he kept him in the race when he could have been taken off his feet and, to be fair, he finished very strongly, like a horse who does stay a bit further.

“I just thought if we were running over this sort of trip, he’s going to want every bit of help he can, he’s not going to be pulling too hard so (the blinkers) worked a treat today.”

“I’d love to say this has been in the book for the last six months and it’s a big plan, but I think we’ve been very fortunate with the way the race has been run and he’s run very well, so we’ll take him home and see what we do next – and what the handicapper does next.”

Williams and Egan made it a sprint double as Ejtilaab landed the closing Cazoo Handicap over six furlongs.

Sent off the 3-1 favourite, the five-year-old fended grabbed the lead in the shadow of the post to beat Muscika a neck, on a day that also saw Egan partner 50-1 shot Mojo Star to second place in the Cazoo Derby.

Williams said: “It was a smart enough display. A friend of a friend said run this horse over six as he will really enjoy it.

“They went very hard up front and I was confident from about two out that he would pick them up as you knew he would stay.

“It is a tough race to win this race. It is a bit strange this ground today and I don’t know how the form will hold up, but you can do no more than win.

“There is the Stewards’ Cup, but I was thinking more of an Ayr Gold Cup for him as he will get his ground and it will be a test of stamina with a horse that can hold a position early on.

“I’m used to winning three-mile chases around Newton Abbot on a Saturday and I’ve now won two races on Derby day, which is something else and quite exceptional.”

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