Mutakayyef Image reproduced with the kind permission of York Racecourse

Mutakayyef
Image reproduced with the kind permission of York Racecourse

Mutakayyef will swerve an outing in Saturday’s Clipper Logistics Boomerang Stakes at Leopardstown in favour of a trip to Canada for the Ricoh Woodbine Mile.

The William Haggas-trained five-year-old will drop back down in trip for his first taste of racing outside of Britain in the Grade One contest on September 17.

After winning a Listed contest on his seasonal bow at York, the Sea The Stars gelding followed up with victory in the Group Two Summer Mile at Ascot before finishing third in the Juddmonte International when stepping up to 10 furlongs at York.

Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: “Mutakayyef is going to Canada next weekend for the Grade One Ricoh Woodbine Mile.

“As we have Awtaad running there (Boomerang Stakes), we needed to get Mutakayyef back on track and Sheikh Hamdan thought he didn’t want to go there as well with Mutakayyef.

“Ground is very important to this horse as he wants fast ground and hopefully he will get it there.

“I thought he ran well at York. If he had not been carried across the track, he would have been a little bit closer.”