Mutamam Clinches Maktoum Double at Newmarket

Sheikh Hamdan's Mutamam made it a Maktoum double at Newmarket Tuesday as the 6-year-old horse took the Princess of Wales's Pearl and Coutts Stakes (Eng-II) by 1 1/2 lengths over Little Rock. The race was the first for Mutamam since finishing fourth to Kalinisi in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) last November. The 12-furlong race was worth £60,000 and came just after Sheikh Mohammed's Silent Honor won the Cherry Hinton Stakes (Eng-II) at the track.

Mutamam had more rivals, but apparently less trouble winning than Silent Honor. Holding Court held the lead in the early going, but the 4-year-old gave way when Mutamam and jockey Richard Hills made their move at the three-quarters pole. The pair had been third early on, but never far from the lead. After taking the lead, Mutamam was driven out and finished in 2:28.82. Little Rock came on late for the place, and Holding Court held on for third.

The winner is by Darshaan out of the Caerleon mare Petal Girl. He was bred in England by Biddestone Stud and consigned to the 1996 Tattersalls October yearling sale where Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Estate Company paid $303,981 for him. His biggest win prior to this race was in last year's Old Vic Cumberland Lodge Stakes (Eng-III) which was his last start before heading to the United States. Alec Stewart trains Mutamam.

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