Mutakayyef: has a foot abscess
By David Milnes 7:51AM 25 FEB 2017
MUTAKAYYEF, the 11-8 favourite for the Group 3 Betway Winter Derby Stakes at Lingfield on Saturday, has been ruled out of the race by trainer William Haggas due to an injury.
“Unfortunately Mutakayyef won’t be able to run in the Winter Derby as he has a foot abscess this morning,” said Haggas. “It’s a bloody shame for Sheikh Hamdan and all the team at Somerville Lodge.”
The six-year-old was last seen finishing third, beaten less than a length, by American wondermare and Royal Ascot winner Tepin in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile and Haggas had reported his training to have been excellent in the build up to his 2017 debut.
Despite carrying a 5lb penalty for a Group 2 win, Mutakayyef was strongly fancied by bookmakers for the Winter Derby, with it 11-2 the field.
Mutakayyef is yet to be officially scratched from the race, meaning bookmakers have not yet removed him from their betting.
More to follow . . .