Mutamakina provides new Gr.1 winner for Nathaniel


Mutamakina’s success in the Gr.1 E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine yesterday was the fifth Gr.1 winner for her sire Nathaniel, and his second new Gr.1 winner in 2021.

Earlier this season she won the Gr.2 Dance Smartly Stakes over the same course and distance of 1m2f at Woodbine for trainer Christophe Clement and owner Al Shira’aa Farms, following up her second place in the Gr.2 Sheepshead Bay Stakes at Belmont Park.

Jockey Dylan Davis said: “She handled everything great. Last time she put herself in a great position laying second. Today, again, she got her nerves going a little bit more than previously, but she put herself in a great position putting herself second.

“We slowed down the pace and she was handling it well for me and I just needed her to finish strong. Once she got a head in front there at eighth pole she was digging in nicely. She handled the turf well today.”

This tough and game mare has also won the Gr.3 Long Island Stakes at Aqueduct, and prior to moving to the States she won the Listed Prix Madame Jean Couturie and finished second in the Gr.2 Qatar Prix Niel, and Gr.2 Shadwell Prix de la Nonette when trained by Carlos Laffon-Parias.

Bred in Britain by Widgham Stud, Mutamakina is out of the Danehill mare Joshua’s Princess, who has produced seven winners from as many starters. Mutamakina’s third dam is European Horse of the Year and Gr.1 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Ridgewood Pearl.

Shawn Dugan purchased Mutamakina for 100,000gns from New England Stud’s consignment at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2017.

It capped a great weekend for her sire Nathaniel as another of his 2021 Gr.1 winners, Lady Bowthorpe, added to her Gr.1 black-type with a gallant third in the Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes on QIPCO Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday. Nathaniel has now sired five Gr.1 winners from his first three crops of racing age, and 2022 sees the first crop after Enable’s emergence hit the track as three-year-olds, so a lot to look forward to.