Classy sprinter Mattmu back from stud and ready to run
Five-year-old had been set to stand his first season at Norton Grove
When the entries for Saturday's Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle were revealed a familiar - and slightly unexpected - name appeared among the 19 possible runners, with Tim Easterby due to saddle Mattmu for the 19th time.
In November 2016 it seemed as though the curtain had been brought down on Mattmu's racing career with the announcement that the son of Indesatchel, whom Easterby has already trained to win five races - including the Group 2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte, had been retired to stand at Norton Grove Stud in North Yorkshire.
But, despite also having a Group 3 and a Listed success on his CV - as well as a creditable third behind Mecca's Angel in the 2015 Nunthorpe, the five-year-old found a dearth of opportunities coming his way in his second career.
"He didn't cover any mares so we put him back into work," explained Easterby. "He's in good form and has been working well. He has plenty of targets, including the July Cup - that would be ideal if the ground was wet, but there's plenty of others too."
Easterby did not rule out Mattmu making a return to stud in the future, but for now is concentrating on ensuring his classy sprinter can add further lustre to his already enviable haul.