Winter Derby favourite Mutakayyef confirmed for race


Mutakayyef: set to run at Lingfield next weekend

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MUTAKAYYEF is staying close to home for his Dubai Turf warm up as connections have decided to take in next Saturday’s
Betway-sponsored Winter Derby at Lingfield.

The Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned six-year-old enjoyed a racecourse gallop at Chelmsford last Thursday after which he was given the nod for the Lingfield Group 3 rather than prep in Dubai in the Group 1 Jebel Hatta the following week.

The participation of Mutakayyef, a general 7-4 favourite, is a boost for the contest after a couple of recent high profile absentees including Listed Trial winner Decorated Knight and Arab Spring.

William Haggas has indicated that the owner’s new retained jockey Jim Crowley will travel over from Dubai to take his first ride of the year on British soil.

Haggas said: “Mutakayyef is in good form and after discussion with Sheikh Hamdan, the decision has been taken to run him at Lingfield and Jim Crowley will ride.”

Mutakayyef enjoyed a productive year in 2016, winning the Group 2 Summer Mile at Ascot before twice finishing third at Group 1 level. most recently behind the mighty Tepin at Woodbine.


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