Al Mutakawel will appreciate the trip

PUBLISHED: 28 June 2019

Lyle Hewitson

The Turffontein Standside course has a low key eight race meeting and the highlight will be the appearance of the promising Al Mutakawel is the fifth over 1600m.

This full brother to the SA Derby winner Al Sahem has impressed in two starts over 1200m and 1400m and will be hard to beat over a step up in trip he will very much appreciate. The wide draw of six out of seven should not pose a problem as he will likely be dropped out. In a small field and with plenty of time to unwind in to his big action down the long Turffontein straight he should mow them down. Apache Too is progressive and can fight out second place with The Rising Legend, who is usually dropped out and is capable of producing a resolute finish from off the pace.

Lyle Hewitson
Lyle Hewitson

The first race over 1160m is competitive but El Patron has good pace and the ability to stay on and his experience will count in his favour too.

Arabian Air is given the nod in the second over 1600m as he is having his third run on the Highveld so should have come on from his good win over 1450m last time. Approach Control is the best weighted horse and also has talent so it should be a humdinger.

The first leg of the P6 over 1400m is tough. Full Force should relish the step up in trip but a few will have to be included.

The first leg of the Jackpot could fall to the hard-knocking Captain Flynt, although his wide draw means one or two others might have to be considered.

The sixth over 1000m could be fought by Tripod and Brigtnumberten.

The consistent Kings Cup and the improving Lemon Drop Shot are the main protagonists in the seventh as both will enjoy the 2000m trip.

Final Occasion will enjoy the step up to 2000m in the eighth but he has a very wide draw so the professional maiden Smart Deal can be included from a good draw and Mr Cuddles is course and distance suited to.

Image: Lyle Hewitson rides Al Mutakawel at Turffontein this Sunday.

By David Thiselton