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Moohaajim - Newbury 22/9/2012

Moohaajim (second left): Mill Reef winner to stick to 6f for the time being

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Rain could scupper Moohaajim's chances

MARCO BOTTI is hoping the rain stays away before his star two-year-old Moohaajim bids for a first Group 1 victory in Saturday's Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

Impressive winner of the Group 2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes last month, the son of Cape Cross was considered for the 7f Dubai Dewhurst Stakes on the same card but connections have opted to stay at 6f for the time being. 

"I wouldn't be concerned to step him up to seven furlongs this year but just because the Middle Park and Dewhurst are on the same day, it makes sense to stick at six," said Botti.

Regarding the ground he added: "It would be frustrating and a big concern if the ground went too soft because he is a good mover. By Cape Cross, in theory, he should handle a little bit of cut but I wouldn't like to try him on soft ground yet."

Moohaajim is a general 20-1 for next year's Qipco 2,000 Guineas and Botti believes a mile will be within his compass next year, saying: "The way he settles in his races, I can't see why he wouldn't stay further.

"Physically, there's still some growing in him - so next year he will be stronger. I think he will be a miler."

Paddy Power make the mount of Adam Kirby their 7-2 second-favourite, behind Darley Prix Morny winner Reckless Abandon at 2-1.

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