bet365 Mile
Group 2, Sandown 13:50
(relocated to Newmarket)
£80,000 guaranteed,
4yo plus,
1m, Class 1  
Friday 5th May 2023 - relocated


1 Mutasaabeq 4/1
2 Native Trail 8/11F
3 Light Infantry 5/1
5 ran Distances: 3l, shd, 2¼l
Time: 1m 37.18s (slow by 1.28s)

Mutasaabeq, last seen winning the Joel Stakes had too much for Native Trail as he ran out a convincing winner.

The five-year-old adopted his customary position at the head of affairs and had the race in safe keeping with a furlong to run, stretching clear under a positive ride from Jim Crowley. 

Native Trail, winner of the Irish 2000 Guineas last spring, was always on the back foot and had to be squeezed along at halfway just to try and keep tabs as the pace lifted courtesy of the solid gallop set by Mutasaabeq out in front.

There was three lengths between the winner and second at the line, with Light Infantry only a short-head back in third having shaped with plenty of promise on his seasonal reappearance.


Hills said: “He was supplemented for the Guineas as a three-year-old, so he’s always been a good horse.

“He’s got a good record here and I’m delighted with the way he’s put it to bed, especially given he had the penalty to carry as well today.

“The blinkers seem to have helped him and we’ll have to look at the Lockinge now, I suppose.

“He’s beautifully bred, being by Invincible Spirit out of Ghanaati, so that will have done him no harm today (winning a Group Two).

“It’s obviously a week shorter now than it would have been between this and the Lockinge, had it been run at Sandown, but I think he should be fine.”

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bet365 Mile (Group 2)
£80,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus, 1m, Class 1
5 ran
Going: Good, Good to Firm in places

1 (1)    Mutasaabeq 5 9-6 Charles Hills Jim Crowley 4/1
5 (4)
3 Native Trail 4 9-3 Charlie Appleby William Buick 8/11F
4 (3)
shd Light Infantry 4 9-3 David Simcock Jamie Spencer 5/1
2 (5)
Checkandchallenge 4 9-3 William Knight Andrea Atzeni 11/1
3 (2)
Imperial Fighter 4 9-3 Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy 22/1