Mutakayyef Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Mutakayyef could head to the Arlington Million 
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Mutakayyef has emerged as a possible contender for the Arlington Million after his dominant display in the Summer Mile at Ascot.

William Haggas has always held the son of Sea The Stars in high regard but it appears he is only now showing his true worth after being gelded in the winter.

While he also has the option of being supplemented for the Sussex Stakes or stepping up to 10 furlongs for the Juddmonte International, a trip to America could be on the cards.

“We’ve briefly talked about options but nothing has been firmed up,” said Angus Gold, racing manager for owner Hamdan Al Maktoum.

“Going forward, he could go for anything over a mile or 10 furlongs.

“If Sheikh Hamdan wanted to, we have the option of supplementing him for the Sussex Stakes but we already have Awtaad in there.

“The Sheikh just wants to think about the Sussex with Awtaad, although obviously we do have the Jacques le Marois as his other alternative – we need to all have a chat.

“William could consider the Arlington Million for Mutakayyef. If Sheikh Hamdan wanted him to go out there that could be an option, along with the Juddmonte at York.

“His performance on Saturday was much more like what William felt he has been capable of all along.

“Fast ground and gelding him seem to have made a big difference – at the end of last season William felt he was just looking after himself a bit.

“He’s unexposed, hasn’t had many races for a five-year-old and we could have a lot of fun with him.”