Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Joel Stakes
Group 2, Newmarket 15:35
£115,000 guaranteed,
3yo plus,
1m, Class 1    
Friday 23rd September 2022


1 Mutasaabeq 5/2
2 El Drama 8/1
3 Tempus 5/4F
6 ran NR: Pogo Distances: ¾l, ¾l, ¾l
Time: 1m 38.43s (slow by 2.43s)

A smart start took Mutasaabeq straight to the lead and jockey Jim Crowley was able to control the pace throughout.

El Drama was always his pursuer throughout and ran a fine race on his first competitive appearance in 13 months, but Mutasaabeq found enough for pressure to prevail by three-quarters of a length.

Tempus, the 5-4 favourite to notch a fourth successive win, could be counted a shade unlucky in third having missed the break and been caught in a pocket before staying on late in the day.

Winning trainer Charlie Hills said: “He’d worked twice in the blinkers, we were happy with him so why not try it?

“He had a nice easy time of it in front and he has won here twice before, so he obviously likes it.

“He’s in the Challenge Stakes in a couple of weeks, so we’ll see how he is.

“He’s run two mediocre races at Goodwood so probably won’t go back there again, while at Sandown he was a little unlucky. He’s run some solid races this year.

“He’s a very sound horse and it’s nice to win a race like this with him. He just seems to enjoy it here, he’s won here three times now and is a horse with a nice action.”

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Joel Stakes (Group 2)
£115,000 guaranteed, 3yo plus, 1m, Class 1
6 ran
Going: Good

1 (2)     Mutasaabeq 4 9-6 Charles Hills Jim Crowley 5/2

1 (3) ¾ El Drama 4 9-6 Roger Varian Andrea Atzeni 8/1
4 (1)
¾ Tempus 6 9-6 Archie Watson Hollie Doyle 5/4F
5 (5)
¾ Potapova 4 9-3 Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore 7/1
7 (6)
Oscula 3 8-13 George Boughey William Buick 10/1
6 (7)
The Wizard Of Eye 3 9-2 J S Moore David Egan 40/1
NR 3 (4) Pogo 6 9-6 Charles Hills NON RUNNER