Mojo Star Profile

Name Mojo Star
Born Apr 08, 2018
Age 3 years

The Richard-Hannon trained Mojo Star was one of the big outsiders for the Epsom Derby, having only run two races in his career, yet finished an impressive second behind Adayar.

The runner-up placing in the Derby continued Mojo Star's trend of second-place finishes, having narrowly missed out on winning in his two earlier races too.

Impressive beginnings

Both of Mojo Star's earlier runs had come at Newbury, one in his two-year-old season and the other as a three-year-old.

On October 23, he finished second to Scope in the one mile Are You Hot To Trot For 2021 Novice Stakes. He led in the final furlong and kept on well, only to be beaten by a nose with literally the final stride of the race.

Mojo Star's next race was again at Newbury on May 14. It was the Join Casumo Today EBF Maiden Stakes and again he just narrowly missed out on the win, being defeated by half a length by Manobo. He went off as the evens favourite for this one-mile-and-two-furlong race but Manobo was marginally too strong.

Mojo Star finished second in the Derby, four-and-a-half lengths behind Adayar with David Egan on board. He was an unfancied 50/1 shot going into the race and even started the day at 150/1 in the betting.

Connections

Mojo Star is trained by Richard Hannon and owned by Amo Racing Limited. While Rossa Ryan has ridden him in both of his races thus far, he was guided by David Egan for the Derby.

Hannon followed in the footsteps of his father, who was also a famous trainer, having taken over his operation in 2014. He has won a number of major races including the 1000 Guineas with Billesdon Brook in 2018, the 2000 Guineas with Night of Thunder in 2014, the Coronation Cup with Pether's Moon in 2015 and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes with King of Change in 2019.

He has also won the Lockinge Stakes twice (with Olympic Glory in 2014 and Night of Thunder in 2015). He currently trains around 240 horses and over the last five years, he has a 12 per cent win rate from over 5,500 entries in GB Flat races.

Amo Racing Limited have a 20 per cent win rate in GB Flat racing over the last five years. They own a number of successful horses including three-time winners Raadobarg and The Hulk, and twice-victors Babajan, Beautiful Sunshine and Thunder Love.

Jockey David Egan has a 12 per cent win percentage in GB Flat racing over the last five years, having ridden over 280 winners. Egan was champion apprentice in 2017 and rode primarily for Newmarket trainer Roger Varian. He finished third in the 1000 Guineas aboard Qabala in 2019, while he won the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot in the same year on board Daahyeh.

He was appointed first jockey to owner Prince Faisal last year and in February 2021 won the $20million Saudi Cup on Mishriff. The following month, he was victorious in the Dubai Sheema Classic at the Dubai World Cup on the same mount.

Pedigree

Third Realm's sire is the Irish horse Sea The Stars, while his dam is Galley.

Sea the Stars is one of the greatest horses in history. The Irish Thoroughbred won the 2000 Guineas, the Epsom Derby and the Eclipse Stakes in 2009 to become the first horse to clinch the treble since 1989. In the same year, he also took the Juddmonte International Stakes, the Irish Champion Stakes and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. He is half-brother to Epsom Derby winner Galileo.

Galley has a mixed racing history, placing only once in nine races. This was a second-place finish in the Prix de la Mariole at Compiegne, but she was usually more likely to finish at the back of the field than at the front.

She does have some useful progeny though, having foaled multiple race winners Portage and Cape Magic among a number of other horses.

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