First Mohican, who once ran the mighty Frankel close on the gallops, puts his unbeaten record on the line in the Betfred November Handicap at Doncaster.
While the world's best racehorse left Sir Henry Cecil's stables in Newmarket on Thursday to begin a career at stud after a flawless 14 successes, First Mohican will be gracing a racecourse for just the fourth time. The workout with Frankel left its mark for a while before First Mohican ever set foot on the track.
"They did one gallop together before Frankel ever ran and my horse joined Frankel at the end. That was four weeks before Frankel ran. The other horse in the gallop was Midsummer Sun," said First Mohican's owner Henry Ponsonby.
"That gallop put paid to my horse not running until the end of the season. After that gallop Henry did ring me to say this is the best horse you'll ever own."
First Mohican duly won on his debut in late October 2010, but then injury struck and he had to miss his entire three-year-old career while his illustrious stablemate continued to carry all before him.
Appearances in two modest handicaps, by comparison, have been all the son of Tobougg has contested on his return this autumn, but he has won them in good style and heads to Town Moor as firm favourite for the big race on the final day of the Flat season.
"We could have done with a better draw (21), but some of the other horses I rate as dangers, including Nicholascopernicus, are also drawn high. In an ideal world I would have liked a better draw. Having said that, he had a bad draw over a mile and a quarter for his last two runs but was able to overcome it," said Ponsonby.
"The mile and a half is obviously a plus on that factor. I think he'll run a big race, but we could have done with a few more showers."
Ponsonby still has high hopes for First Mohican, who will race on as a five-year-old.
"He's going straight from Doncaster to Sir Henry's Cliff Stud, but he wants him back by Christmas. He thinks next year will be his year," said Ponsonby.
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