Molatham on upward curve with Convivial strike at York

Varian colt put seal on fine afternoon for Jim Crowley

Get a £10 risk-free first bet

Molatham backed up a promising effort on debut when grinding out victory in the British Stallion Studs EBF Convivial Maiden Stakes at York.

The son of Night Of Thunder was no match for Mums Tipple, who bolted up in the valuable sales race on the Knavesmire on Thursday, at Ascot in July but was sent off the 2-1 favourite to land Europe’s richest maiden contest.

Placed just behind the leaders, jockey Jim Crowley eased Molotham into contention two furlongs out before digging in deep to repel the challenge of the Celtic Art, who was a neck second.

The pair pulled clear of Dubai Mirage in third, while Port of Paint was a further seven lengths back in fourth.

The win gave Crowley a quickfire double after Battaash’s stunning success in the Nunthorpe Stakes earlier on the card.

Winning trainer Roger Varian said: “He’s a lovely horse who is all about the future really – he’s still a bit of a baby who has got to grow into himself yet.

“He’s got a wonderful attitude and that should stand him in good stead going forward.”

Molatham has multiple options later on in the season, but the Newmarket-based handler was in no rush to commit his charge to future targets.

“He’s got all the entries, but we should digest today and see how he comes out of the race,” Varian added.

“I think he’ll come forward for the run as he was in a proper race today and it’ll only do him good.”

Battaash’s trainer Charlie Hills also bagged a double, as Pogo (12-1) benefited from the step back up to a mile with a narrow victory in the Nationwide Accident Repair Services Handicap.

Ninth over seven furlongs at Goodwood, the son of Zebedee was positioned in midfield early on before jockey Kieran Shoemark weaved his way through the field on Pogo to steal victory on the line.

Vitralite was a neck back in second with Fanaar a further length away in third.

Dark Vision, the 4-1 favourite, threatened to land a blow in the home straight, but ultimately faded to dead-heat for sixth.

“It’s been a great day – this is a tough game at times which makes these days all the more special,” Hills said.

“This is a really tough horse and he was arguably unlucky at Goodwood last time, so it’s great to see him get his head in front.

“He had a great draw and Kieran always had him in the right place.”

Tamreer produced a major upset with a determined success in the Sky Bet Handicap.

Roger Fell’s four-year-old had been third in a Listed race on her penultimate start, but failed to fire at Doncaster last time out and was sent off a 33-1 chance for the mile-and-a-half contest.

Positioned just off the pace by jockey Ben Curtis, Tamreer made smooth headway two furlongs out and stayed on stoutly to deny Corelli by a neck.

Favourite Caradoc was a further neck back in third, while Gibbs Hill made eyecatching late progress to finish fourth.

“I didn’t think she had a cat in hell’s chance, which shows you what I know!” Fell said.

“It’s great to have a winner here – I can’t believe it. A winner at the Ebor meeting is different class.

“I expected the jockey to come back in and say she wasn’t fit, but she’s obviously got fitter for putting weight on and she looks a lot stronger.”

The North Yorkshire-based handler is keeping options open for the daughter of New Approach and she could be pitched into higher company on her next start.

“She’s got black type and the only way it could get better is by winning a Listed race,” he added.

“That would give her really good value, so we’ll see what we can find.”

Sign up to bet365. Click to View Bonus Code Details
Up to £30 in free bets
Get £20 in free bets
£20 Risk Free First Bet
Up to £20 in free bets
Up to £40 in Bonus funds
100% Bonus up to £100
£20 Free Exchange Bet
Get a £10 risk-free first bet
Existing User?

Forgot your password?

New User?

Sign up using our simple one-page form and you'll be able to access free video form, tips and exclusive content straight away.