Motawaafeq, by Wootton Bassett

Trainer: Mick Appleby Race type: Flat
Age: 4 yr old Description: Bay Colt
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Purchased at the Tattersalls Autumn Horses-In-Training sale, this colt is by Wootton Bassett. Read more about his sire here:

He is 'French Owner Premiums' qualified and joins the stable of MICK APPLEBY, who has done wonders with our own Star Of Southwold this season!

Please see a video of this walk in the gallery.

Given he’s probably one of the shrewdest judges in the game and possibly one of the best improvers of a horse from others’ yards, it’s no surprise that Mick Appleby has been Champion All Weather trainer for the last two years.

At the recent Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale, Mick put this horse to us as an individual, who he believes will particularly suit his way of operating. An expensive yearling purchase by Hamdan Al Maktoum at €170,000, it’s probably fair to say that he’s not yet, proved to be as talented as the Dubai owner had perhaps hoped, so much so, that he was sent to the sales in October 2019, having placed 4th on all three attempts on track in France. He’s been allocated a handicap mark of 77 and given he remains a maiden, we’d like to think that winning a maiden over the Winter will prove well within Motawaafeq’s compass and could just set him up for an exciting handicap career thereafter. You couldn’t be confident that Motawaafeq is another BIG COUNTRY under Mick’s tutelage, but you certainly wouldn’t rule it out.

On bare form alone, he looks like he stays 1m 2f and he may just stay a little further in time too. We’d very much have the option of juvenile hurdling or novice hurdling in the future if he doesn’t make up into a top-class Flat handicapper. In fact, some of the underbidders at the auction, where we had to dig quite deep at 34,000gns, were trainers renowned for both flat and jumping prowess.

We’ve very many options for this fabulously attractive colt, including gelding him, which we intend to perform straight away, and get him going again for a Winter campaign. He could easily prove to be a very valuable commodity with a couple of wins under his belt, and releasing the asset in him at that juncture, remains a firm option too.

Mick thinks there are plenty of options and we’ll very much take Mick’s advice, regarding which is the best route to travel.

Trainer Update: He has stayed the 1m 2f well, which opens up a lot of further opportunities for him - The Zetland Gold Cup comes to mind as a target on the turf. Still young and lightly raced, there's plenty of fun to be had with him this year and beyond and he looks an exciting dual purpose prospect going forward.

Race update (21st March): He has been running well for us this year, finishing in the top three on 5 occasions and giving his new owners plenty of fun! It is business as usual at Mick's yard amd Motawaafeq is enjoying the spring sunshine at exercise, he told us this morning. This enforced break is at a good time for him to re charge and be back when racing resumes.


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