New Group winner for Nathaniel in USA


Nathaniel’s daughter Mutamakina added to her impressive black-type record with victory in the Grade 3, $100,000 Long Island Stakes at Aqueduct in USA on Saturday 28th November.

The four-year-old filly showed a strong turn of foot and clear sailing on the rail to win the Long Island by three-quarters of a length for trainer Christophe Clement and owner Al Shira’aa Farms

Jockey Dylan Davis said “Mutamakina does take a little bit of time to get running. Once she did I knew it was over. Within the last eighth of a mile she was just getting into stride. I was just keeping out of her way and keeping her happy and she was able to get up, which was nice.”

Christophe Clement said: “Dylan gave a great ride. He wasn’t a long way off the pace and she was travelling well down the backstretch. I’ll have to talk to the owner, but she might stay another year. Obviously, the way she ran today, she will be an exciting prospect for the 1 ½-mile division. I thought she was extremely unlucky last time at Belmont Park. I was delighted to see her win. She deserved a graded stakes win.”

Mutamakina was making just her second start for Clement, having previously been trained in France by Carlos Laffon-Parias where she won two races including the Listed Prix Madame Jean Couturie, and finished second in the Gr.2 Qatar Prix Niel and Gr.2 Shadwell Prix de la Nonette.

Bred in Britain by Widgham Stud, she was a new Group winner for her sire Nathaniel, and the only Stakes winner for her dam Joshua’s Princess (Danehill).