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Mohaafeth set to take his chance in Cazoo Derby

Tue 4 May 2021

Mohaafeth is set to take his chance in the Cazoo Derby after bursting into the big-race picture with an impressive victory at Newmarket.

Mohaafeth wins the Betfair Newmarket Stakes in a common canter under Jim Crowley

The Frankel colt is out of Sea The Stars mare French Dressing and trounced Secret Protector in a Listed contest at the QIPCO Guineas Festival to strike for the third time this season.

Mohaafeth was slashed to joint second-favourite at 7-1 with some bookmakers – and connections of the William Haggas-trained colt are keen to run him at Epsom.

“He won well, obviously. I think as long as William is happy with the horse and he’s going the right way and Sheikh Hamdan’s family want to run him in the Derby, that is where we will go next,” said Angus Gold, racing manager for owners Shadwell Estate.

“We’ll see what happens in the next 10 days with all the trials. That is going to be informative.

“He’s earned the right to run.”

"He looked good to me anyway" - William Haggas reacts to Mohaafeth's victory on the Rowley Mile last Sunday

Mutasaabeq could step back down to seven furlongs - possibly for the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot - after his run in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas.

The Charlie Hills-trained colt finished seventh behind Poetic Flare, but may have lacked the experience for such a tough test on only his third career start.

“At this stage I’d have thought the obvious race is the Jersey, but let’s see how he is in two weeks’ time when we start back with him,” said Gold.

“The important thing is that he’s a good horse, and we’ve go to make him into a proper horse and into a stallion.

“He needs to get some Group form under his belt.

“We know he’s promising and I’m sure he will get better as the year goes on. We always knew it was asking a lot going to the Guineas on only his third outing.

“We saw at the weekend it’s hard to win a Guineas off so few runs.”

 Mutasaabeq could drop back down to seven furlongs now (Photo: Focusonracing)
Mutasaabeq could drop back down to seven furlongs now (Photo: Focusonracing)

Dropping back in distance is on the cards for Al Zaraqaan after he finished fourth in the Betfair Exchange Jockey Club Stakes.

“Jim’s (Crowley) first reaction was he didn’t stay, having thought last year he would definitely stay,” said Gold.

“I did when he was winning at Kempton on the all-weather, and this year when he beat Almighwar on the all-weather. Jim felt he came there sweetly and didn’t go anywhere.

“We’ll bring him back to mile and a quarter. He has plenty of speed on the dam’s side of the family. We thought Golden Horn might put his stamina in, but he didn’t get home on Saturday and Jim felt he’d prefer slightly easier ground.

“We’ll see if that is the case, but we will coming back in trip with him.”

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