Muteela (striped cap): could return to Goodwood for the Celebration Mile
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THE Mark Johnston-trained Muteela, who surrendered her unbeaten record when succumbing by a neck to J Wonder at the Glorious meeting, could bid for compensation by returning to Goodwood for the Group 2 Doom Bar Celebration Mile on August 23.
Having landed Royal Ascot’s Sandringham Handicap in tenacious fashion, Muteela was a warm order for the seven-furlong Group 3 Oak Tree Stakes last month.
However, her front-running exploits were thwarted by J Wonder’s late turn of foot, and the return to a mile for the £100,000 prize is one of several potential next target for the three-year-old.
Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, said on Wednesday: “The Celebration Mile is one of the races we are looking at for Muteela. All the upcoming Group races over seven furlongs or a mile are options for her.
“I thought it was a very good run at Glorious Goodwood. She stepped up again and was probably beaten by a very good filly. I am told she has come out of it well and is in good form.
“I think she is equally effective at seven furlongs or a mile. With her style of running, I don’t think it matters either way.”
Muteela is one of 23 still engaged at the latest forfeit stage, which also include last year’s third Trade Storm, the Aidan O’Brien-trained Darwin and the German-trained duo of Chopin and High Duty.
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