Mutawaffer makes no mistake at Goodwood

Charlie Hills’ youngster on the Royal Ascot wagon

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Mutawaffer booked his ticket to Royal Ascot when getting off the mark at the second attempt in the European Breeders Fund Novice Stakes at Goodwood.

Fourth on his debut just 12 days earlier, the 160,000 guineas purchase made all the running when stepping up to six furlongs.

The Kodiac colt broke smartly and Jim Crowley was able to grab the near rail from his good draw.

Mutawaffer (5-4 favourite) kept on strongly to score by two and a quarter lengths from Shaybani.

Li Kui, who was short of room at a crucial stage, was two and three-quarter lengths back in third place.

Trainer Charlie Hills is thinking of dropping Mutawaffer back to the minimum trip at the Royal meeting.

“He has shown a lot of speed there, and has really woken up from his first run,” said Hills.

“He’ll definitely go to Ascot now, as there is a nice time between now and then.

“We’ve got to decide which race we go for and, at the moment, I’ll probably bring him back to five (furlongs) and the Norfolk would be the favourite.

“He’s naturally a very fast horse. He’s got a good action and a good mind as well.”

Love Dreams left his last effort at the track well behind when making all in the South Downs Water Handicap.

Having finished down the field at the Sussex track two starts ago start, the son of Dream Ahead went one better than at York when sticking to the task well from the front in the seven-furlong prize.

Winning trainer Mark Johnston said of the 9-4 chance: “He had a good run at York in between his two starts here. They just went crazy fast last time here. I can’t remember where he was drawn, as I had Masham Star in as well and one was drawn badly.

“He was set alight early on and they just went far too fast. We weren’t really put off by the track and we were happy it would be different today and he is obviously in good form.

“We will keep him entered up and go wherever the opportunity arise.”

Canberra Cliffs gained her first victory since switching to Gary Moore as she came with a well-timed late run to take the EBF “Breeders Series” Fillies’ Handicap.

After filling the runner-up spot at Brighton on her debut for the Lower Beeding handler 23 days ago, the four-year-old took top honours when seeing the 12-furlong trip out best ofall to hold rallying favourite Lady Bergamot at bay by a neck.

Moore said of the 9-1 winner: “She has improved for the step up in trip. She was given a very good ride. I just hope she can progress from here.

“I wasn’t really concerned about the trip, as long as she settled, but she didn’t settle that well. She settles at home lovely. I think they didn’t go fast enough for her, it was a fairly moderate pace.

“That would be our aim, to get some black type.”

Sing Out Loud (9-2) completed a quickfire double for Moore – and a brace for Crowley – when coming from almost last to first to land the Frescobaldi Handicap.

Moore said: “He is just a very nice horse by my standards.

“He ran very well at Ascot and I thought he would need that run and he has put it right today. He was doing his best work late on and I thought we would need to step him up in trip.

“Jim said he relaxed lovely for him today and it’s allowed him to get home. I’d say he will get about a mile and a quarter and that will be his lot.”

Mutawaffer makes no mistake at Goodwood
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