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  • Suegioo Lands Cup For Koukash

StanJames.com Chester Cup (Heritage Handicap) 2m 2f 147y

  • (4yo+, 2m 2f 147y, Class 2, 17 runners)
  • Winner £74,700 2nd £22,368 3rd £11,184 4th £5,592 5th £2,796 6th £1,404
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 7.85s
  • Off time: 14:53:31
  • Last Updated: May 7 2014, 16:23 BST

The Marco Botti-trained Suegioo led home a one-two for owner Dr Marwan Koukash in the StanJames.com Chester Cup on Wednesday.

Suegio (left) ridden by Ryan Moore wins The StanJames.com Chester Cup, from Angel Gabrial.
Suegio (left) ridden by Ryan Moore wins The StanJames.com Chester Cup, from Angel Gabrial.

The 10/1 shot pounced late to collar the Richard Fahey-trained Angel Gabrial in the final furlong but had to do it the hard way as the Jamie Spencer's mount veered violently up the home straight, forcing the winner to check and go around him and earning Spencer a four-day ban.

Spencer had almost made a race-winning manoeuvre as the field turned for home, galvanising Angel Gabrial round the outside of the entire field and it looked like he had slipped his rivals as they thundered up the home straight.

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However, Ryan Moore conjured up a final finishing kick from Suegioo and the five-year-old stayed on strongly to record a half length victory.

"It's great to win the Cup again and even better as I only had five in the race!" enthused Koukash.

"Seriously though, it's that competitive you need that many in the race to stand a chance of winning. I try to win this race every year and the planning for the following year starts as soon as the race is over. He's done it really nicely and he will be back next year to try and win it again.

"I feel for Angel Gabrial as he's a very good horse and I'm sure he's got a bright future ahead of him. I've won the Cup three times now so I'm hoping they let me keep it!"

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  • Suegioo (left) ridden by Ryan Moore wins the StanJames.com Chester Cup, from Angel Gabrial
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Botti said: "The gelding operation has definitely helped as last year he ran some good races but he seems to have matured. He obviously stays and the rain helped.

"I was really pleased with him and Ryan gave him a great ride. He has always shown plenty of ability and ran some big races in big handicaps last season. I suppose it was being well handicapped, the step up in trip and the ground ( which helped him to win).

"While myself and Dr Koukash decided to keep him to around a mile and a half last year, this was obviously a big target with Dr Koukash having such a good record in the race."

Moore said: "I had a nice spot in about sixth, I followed Mubaraza and it happened nicely for him. The bit of rain helped this horse. We were flat to the boards for the first quarter of a mile then it steadied up as it always does."

  • Suegioo was tipped up at 14/1 by our Ben Linfoot in his Value Bet column with Sir Maximilian later completing a 149/1 double for Ben and his followers!