Mukhdaram shines in spin before racing at Newmarket
Last Updated: 12/10/13 5:12pm
Mukhadram: Pleased connections with gallop
Mukhadram geared up for the QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot with a spin over six furlongs before racing at Newmarket.
Partnered by Paul Hanagan, the four-year-old Shamardal colt drew alongside stablemate Heeraat and Richard Hills approaching the dip and readily drew four lengths clear.
William Haggas was keen for the Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned colt to "get in a good blow" as he had not been seen in public since winning the Group Two Sky Bet York Stakes in July, after suffering from a foot problem.
Placed behind Al Kazeem in the Prince of Wales's Stakes and Coral-Eclipse previously, Haggas has since been delighted with his progress.
Angus Gold, Sheikh Hamdan's racing manager, said: "We were very happy with him. William was happy and so was Paul.
"William had left him alone after York and he's been keen to get him back on the racecourse and get the fizz out of him.
"He had an abscess after York, which is why he probably hung so badly there, but he's been doing well since.
"This gallop would have put him spot on for next weekend. We just have to get him through another week. What we don't want is too much rain and the forecast, unfortunately, doesn't look too clever."
Hanagan added: "He floated. I'm very pleased with him and did everything that was asked of him."