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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Mutakayyef out for season after damaging ligament at Ascot

Mutakayyef and Dane O'Neill en route to a second success in Ascot's Summer Mile
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Mutakayyef will not be seen on a racecourse again this season after suffering ligament damage when landing a second consecutive edition of the Group 2 Summer Mile at Ascot on Saturday.

Dane O'Neill reported that the William Haggas-trained six-year-old appeared to take a bad step shortly before the line and the jockey was quick to dismount.

Owner Hamdan Al Maktoum's racing manager Angus Gold said on Tuesday: "I spoke to William Haggas and it's definitely ligament damage of some description and, although I can't give more detail until we've seen a full report, William said he's going to need at least two months in his box, so he's definitely out for the season."

The gelded son of Sea The Stars had appeared to be in the form of his life this season, having opened up with a fine fifth behind Vivlos in the Dubai Turf before chasing home Ribchester in the Queen Anne. 

"He has been an incredibly sound horse, which is why it was such a shock," said Gold. "He has never taken a lame step so far as I know and the ground was fine, but these things happen."

He has never taken a lame step so far as I know and the ground was fine, but these things happen
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