Mutakayyef Will Need Special Effort at Goodwood
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Mutakayyef suffered a defeat at the hands of Ribchester at the Queen Anne Stakes, but will have the chance to respond at Glorious Goodwood.
The six-year-old had been one of the leading contenders to take the crown, having previously enjoyed success at Ascot.
However, William Haggas’ charge did not have the pace needed down the final furlong to mount a sufficient challenge to overcome his rival, losing out by one and a quarter lengths.
Ribchester’s performance at the famous event has seen him rise to prominence for the rest of the flat season, especially at the Sussex Stakes when the pool of horses widens to include Churchill and Barney Roy, who competed in the St James’ Palace Stakes.
Mutakayyef remains a strong contender based on his performance and will be determined to prove a point at Goodwood, with the latest horse racing betting odds backing him at 7/1 to triumph.
Haggas’ charge began his career with a second-place finish at the Maiden Stakes four years ago, suffering a defeat at the hands of Irish horse Pretzel at Newmarket.
Two further second-place finishes followed, including the narrowest of losses at the Newmarket Stakes, being beaten out by a neck by Barley Bow.
He finally registered his first win of his career at Sandown Park, putting in a dominant performance to win the EBF Maiden Stakes by seven lengths ahead of his nearest rival.
Mutakayyef made his first appearance at Royal Ascot in the Tercentenary Stakes in 2014. And although he put in a good display, matching the pace of the leading pack throughout the meet, he failed to overhaul Cannock Chase’s lead to finish in second place.
Another run of second and third-place finishes highlighted his consistency over the next year, but he failed to add another victory to his solitary triumph in 2015.
However, the first race of 2016 ended his drought as Haggas’ charge triumphed at the Ganton Stakes at York Racecourse, and much like buses, another victory was to follow in Mutakayyef’s next race.
Source: Final Furlong via Twitter
This time at Ascot he was not to be denied, claiming the Memorial Summer Mile Stakes crown with one of the best runs of his career. Although he was considered the favourite for the event, the chestnut gelding secured a comfortable win by two-and-a-quarter lengths.
Mutakayyef lost his momentum with back-to-back third-place finishes at York and in the United States at Woodbine, ending his 2016 season on a low note.
The six-year-old’s first appearance of 2017 ended in the worst performance of his career, although there were mitigating circumstances as he competed in the Dubai Turf in Meydan for the first time.
Mutakayyef did not have the best preparation for Royal Ascot, but he still put forward a solid performance, only to be beaten out by Ribchester at the event.
Haggas and jockey Jim Crowley will know the challenge ahead of them to beat their conqueror of Ascot next time out at Goodwood. The task will be even tougher with the presence of Barney Roy and Churchill with their duel expected to continue.
Mutakayyef has remained consistent throughout his career and has the pace to match his rivals at the top, but an extra effort is needed at the Sussex Stakes to drive him over the line for the win.