Mutakayyef Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Mutakayyef
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Mutakayyef could be stepped back up in trip and sent abroad for the first time in his career with the Arlington Million later this month a possible target.

The Grade One 10-furlong contest at Arlington Park on August 13 is one of a number of options being considered by connections of the William Haggas-trained five-year-old.

Having undergone a gelding operation over the winter, the son of Sea The Stars has won both his starts to date this term.

After capturing a mile Listed event at York, the Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned runner followed it up with victory in the Summer Mile at Ascot last month, with the form boosted by the success of runner-up Dutch Connection in last week’s Lennox Stakes at Goodwood.

Angus Gold, racing manager to Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: “I was very impressed with Dutch Connection at Goodwood. I thought he won very well and Paul Hanagan, who rode in the race, said it rode like a Group One. It is nice that the form has been franked.

“Unfortunately Mutakayyef wasn’t in the Sussex Stakes and he would have had to have been supplemented, plus we had Awtaad already in the race.

“We will just explore options with him. One option is to go for the Arlington Million if the owner wants to travel the horse, or there is the Juddmonte International over a mile and a quarter back up at York. I t is a case of whether we want to go back up in trip or stay at a mile.

“He is a more mature horse now and the gelding operation has certainly not done him any harm. He was a horse that was not finishing his races last year.

“He is finally putting it together now, both mentally and physically.”