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Prospects for 2014 excite former Malton jockey
It’s that time of year when trainers, owners and jockeys are hoping to see potential displayed among two-year-olds for 2014 and Paul Hanagan will be hoping for winning performances at Newmarket this afternoon from two youngsters who could be among his star mounts for next season.
Hanagan, the former Malton champion, now coming to the end of his second year as retained jockey to Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, will be wearing the familiar blue and white silks of his boss aboard Mutakayyef and Munjaz, both sons of the brilliant Sea The Stars, who has already sired several winners with his first crop of juveniles.
Mutakayyef makes his eagerly awaited debut in the Thoroughbred Breeders Association Maiden Stakes.
He cost a massive 260,000 guineas as a yearling and has a good pedigree. That does not necessarily mean he is a good horse, but it will be interesting to find out as the William Haggas-trained youngster puts his talents on show for the first time over seven furlongs.
Munjaz is trained by John Gosden. Another impeccably-bred colt, he was a beaten favourite on his debut on Newmarket’s July course a couple of months ago, but clearly plenty was expected of him that day and he showed no lack of promise to finish third after looking very green and inexperienced.
That outing should have benefited him greatly and Munjaz, now racing on the Rowley Mile course, is fancied to carry Hanagan, pictured, to success in the British Stallion Studs EBF TBA Maiden Stakes.
The Thoroughbred Breeders Association Fillies’ Handicap is the feature event at Newmarket and Cossetted earns the vote to prevail off bottom weight.
James Fanshawe’s charge was a winner at Pontefract two starts back and has since run a fine race to finish third at Sandown. She looks to be progressing well and with the in-form Andrea Atzeni in the saddle, this Cheveley Park Stud-owned filly will be hard to beat carrying just 8st 2lb.
The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Houghton Conditions Stakes has attracted a small but select field, and although Richard Hannon’s impressive Newbury debut winner Cape Wrath promises to be hard to beat, Godolphin’s Sudden Wonder may be capable of toppling him in receipt of 5lb.
The Charlie Appleby-trained colt has shown stacks of potential in his two maiden outings at HQ, finishing fourth on his debut and being beaten only a length and a half into second by Pinzolo on his subsequent outing.
He looks a winner waiting to happen and although this is probably tougher than tackling maiden company, his chances should not be underestimated and he is awarded the nap vote.
Appleby can also win the Thoroughbred Breeders Association Nursery Handicap with Devilment, who bolted home by four lengths at Kempton last time and who is selected to defy top weight under Silvestre de Sousa.
At Kempton’s evening meeting, Cape Samba (7.50), a winner at Newcastle recently, and King Of Macedon (8.20), trained by Mark Johnston and a Ripon debut winner before finishing second at Catterick when looking ill at ease on the course, are two others to note.
2.30 Eastern Belle, 3.05 Mutakayyef, 3.40 Sudden Wonder (NAP), 4.10 Munjaz, 4.45 Cosseted, 5.20 Devilment.
5.50 Rockweiller, 6.20 Ostralegeus, 6.50 Mutamakkin, 7.20 Billingsgate, 7.50 Cape Samba, 8.20 King Of Macedon, 8.50 Lunar Deity, 9.20 True Prince.
Today’s other meetings: Fontwell and Worcester.
Tomorrow’s other meetings: Carlisle, Ludlow, Southwell and Wolverhampton.
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