Outsider Lochbuie, hard-ridden by jockey John Egan for the final quarter-mile, caught the gallant 8-year-old Mubtaker in the final strides to register a neck victory in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes (Eng-II) at Newbury Saturday.
Mubtaker, who was seeking his fourth straight win in the Freer, took the lead after two furlongs under Richard Hills and showed the way for nearly the entire running of the approximately 1 5/8-mile distance, giving it up with 50 yards to go.
Mamool, the 11-8 favorite in the five-horse field, ran third after lacking room in the final furlong. He was followed by Self Defense and Gamut, who tired in the final furlong after challenging for the lead. The course was listed as good.
"It's bloody unfortunate isn't it," winning trainer Geoff Wragg told Racing Post
after Lochbuie, his 4-year-old Irish-bred son of Definite Article scored at odds of 12-1. "It's the first time he's produced that turn of foot, as usually he's a bit of a plodder."
After losing in the King George VI and Queen EIizabeth Diamond Stakes by nearly 20 lengths, Mubtaker wasn't expected to do much Saturday, but his surroundings seemed to perk him up.
Mubtaker's trainer, Marcus Tregoning, was resigned afterward.
"He's given his all, run a terrific race and been beaten a neck – but that's life," he told Racing Post
. "He can run in a Listed race without a penalty in the future, so we'll definitely keep going until the end of the year."
The final time in the marathon event was 2:51.97.