MUBTAAHIJ will be taking his place in Saturday’s $1 million Gr1 Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes – a small fielde described to be lacing superstar power, but an interesting mix of consistent veterans and less consistent types who have at times flashed talent.
Mubtaahij was moved from Mike de Kock to Kiaran McLaughlin’s stable after his second place in the 2016 Dubai World Cup effort and is set to return after Saturday’s race. His US campaign has yielded a third to Effinex in the Suburban Handicap (gr. II) and a close second to Shaman Ghost in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I). Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. Retains the mount.
“He’s a really neat horse, tries hard, does everything right, and he’s a real pleasure to train,” McLaughlin said. “We’ve enjoyed training him and we expect him to run a big race Saturday. He’s really doing very well.
“Hopefully he’s catching up with the competition and can figure out a way to win. Irad knows him well now. This is his third time to ride him this summer and we just hope that the race unfolds well for us and we have the best horse.”
McLaughlin also will send out Godolphin Racing’s Watershed, a Gr3-placed son of Bernardini.