Reflecting the significant improvement in his fitness levels in the Select Stakes (Gr.3) on Sunday, Summerhill stallion prospect, Mullins Bay by Machiavellian, (who has only once missed a cheque in his career) was a winner all the way up Goodwood’s long straight on Sunday except for the last 75 metres, when he was overhauled in the dying strides to finish a neck and a short head third against a quality field. He carried top weight in this event, and it was only his condition that gave out at the death. At one stage with just over a furlong to go, he was two lengths clear and looked home-and-hosed, so do you think there’s a bit of a “rasp” in the Summerhill “gullet” this morning?!
Mike de Kock was effusive in his praise for the horse, as he knows there’s another 10% to 15% in the tank here, and he has some ambitious Group One plans for his next start. Perhaps, at last we’ll get him there in one piece, and he’ll the chance to show how good he really is. At least he appears to have come out of the race in good shape.