American Mike (Mahler) Impresses At Down Royal

Exciting Son Of Mahler Impresses On Rules Debut

Impressive point-to-point winner American Mike (4g Mahler - American Jennie, by Lord Americo) made an exciting start under rules when bolting up in Saturday’s bumper at Down Royal.

A 20 length winner on his sole start for Sean Doyle, the son of Mahler subsequently sold to Gordon Elliott and Bective Stud for £195,000. It came as no surprise to see him sent off favourite on his stable debut and he looked the likely winner when leading from two furlongs out. Racing clear inside the final furlong, he scored by seven lengths with ease.

Speaking after the race, winning rider Jamie Codd commented, “He has a big engine and he's going to improve. That's what you are looking for- you are looking for the next stars.” Elliott added, “We have a lot of nice horses coming through and we are looking for the next champion. I'd imagine we would go to Navan next for a graded bumper.”

Bred by Louis Murray and Colm Moran, American Mike kicked off a smart four-year-old double on the weekend for Beeches Stud sire Mahler, with The Brew Master (4g Mahler - Raphuca, by Be My Native) making a winning debut at Rathcannon on Sunday.

Pa King partnered Pat Doyle’s charge to a four and a half length victory from fellow newcomer Clonakilty (Flemensfirth). The sales ring now beckons for the bay, who was bred by Pat Moore.