Ascot considered for Mutakayyef

Ground conditions will dictate future plans for Mutakayyef following his fine effort in defeat in Canada on Saturday.

Mutakayyef: Could run at Ascot

An impressive winner of the Summer Mile at Ascot in July, the William Haggas-trained five-year-old stepped up to Group One level for the first time in last month's Juddmonte International at York and was far from disgraced in finishing third.

He crossed the Atlantic for his latest assignment and again had to make do with minor honours behind the brilliant mare Tepin when third in the Woodbine Mile.

Angus Gold, racing manager for owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: "I thought he ran a very good race.

"I haven't spoken to Dane (O'Neill) yet, but it looked as though the ground wasn't as fast as we were expecting and he also fluffed the start.

"Having said that, he travelled very well through the race, but he just looked a bit one paced on the ground.

"He was only beaten a length or so by one of the world's great mares, so we can't be too disappointed.

"It just didn't quite work out for him on the day, but hopefully he'll have his day at that level."

Mutakayyef will be considered for both the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and the Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 15, but will only line up on Champions Day if fast ground prevails.

"The problem is he needs fast ground, so every day is a bonus at this time of year," Gold added.

"We were thinking about sending him to Australia for the Cox Plate, but Sheikh Hamdan decided against it.

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"I've spoken to William briefly this morning and we'll see what Ascot looks like, but if the ground isn't right, we'll have to wait and we'll probably save him for Dubai.

"Everybody has a different opinion on what his best trip is. When he beat Dutch Connection in the Summer Mile at Ascot, he certainly didn't look short of pace.

"However, apart from the International, he hasn't run over a mile and a quarter on fast ground since he's been gelded.

"A mile and a quarter might end up being his best trip, but we'll see. He's in both races at Ascot.

"What he really needs is fast ground and a fast pace."

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