World Cup Winner Almutawakel Pensioned

Almutawakel, the surprise winner of the 1999 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), has been pensioned from stallion duty at Derrinstown Stud in County Kildare, Ireland. The 11-year-old son of Machiavellian suffers from an arthritic stifle.

Almutawakel's victory in the $5 million World Cup for Sheikh Hamdan came over a strong North American contingent that included Silver Charm, Victory Gallop, and Malek. While there was no wagering on track, Almutawakel was 44-1 in World Cup simulcast betting in North America. Almutawakel beat Malek by three-quarters of a length.

Almutawakel also was a group I winner in France and was grade I stakes-placed in the U.S. He ran second in the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. I) and Woodward Stakes (gr. I) and was third in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I).

Entering stud in 2001, Almutwakel came up with a classic winner from his first crop. A daughter, Silver Cup, won the mile Premio Regina Elena (It-II). Sent to the U.S., she was a three-time grade II winner at Santa Anita.

Almutawakel shuttled to New Zealand in 2001 and sired two-time group I-winning gelding Wahid during his time there.

Almutawakel, who is out of the Green Desert mare Elfaslah, is represented by six stakes winners. His 2006 fee was €7,000 (approximately $8,900).