Mootasadir extended his unbeaten record on all-weather surfaces and has connections dreaming of G1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) success after winning the Listed Magnolia Stakes (2011m) at Kempton Park last Saturday.
The Hugo Palmer-trained four-year-old by Dansili won his sixth race on all-weather when stalking a strong pace established by odds-on favourite Matterhorn before pouncing inside the final 200 metres to win by a half-length.
Mootasadir’s winning time of 2:03.03 was one of the quickest times at Kempton over 2011 metres in the past five years, just falling outside Ply’s winning time of 2:02.93 in September 2017.
Mootasadir secures a fourth consecutive victory after taking the Matchbook Magnolia Stakes in good style for @hugopalmer_ at 4-1 pic.twitter.com/J6nCpLWoRX
— Kempton Park Racecourse (@kemptonparkrace) March 30, 2019
Mootasadir is well-credentialed to be prepared for the Melbourne Cup, having already won up to 2400 metres and claiming the Group 3 Diamond Stakes (2149m) at Dundalk in Ireland at his final run for the season last September.
The challenge for Mootasadir will be transferring his excellent all-weather form to turf as his two defeats have come on grass.
Palmer’s assistant trainer George Boughey confirmed that travelling to Australia for the Melbourne Cup had been discussed but that his form in subsequent turf runs will determine whether those plans materialise.
Mootasadir is expected to have his next start in the £60,000 ($110,000) Group 3 John Porter Stakes (2414m) at Newbury on April 13.
The 2017 John Porter was won by Muntahaa, winner of the 2018 Ebor Handicap and ninth placegetter in last year’s Melbourne Cup.
Mootasadir, is a 4yo son of Galileo’s Champion 2YO Filly Mahbooba, successful in Clairwood’s G1 Golden Slipper in South Africa as well as the G2 Balanchine Stakes in Dubai.
Mahbooba’s 3yo son Dubai Warrior, also by Dansili, ranks as an exciting prospect for 2019 as the Gosden-trained Derby entry hosed up in a Chelmsford novice stakes in November on his only start to date.