THERE was added interest in Race 5 over 1600m at Turffontein on Sunday, with two promising three-year-olds Apache Too and Al Mutawakel squaring up in a MR84 Handicap, and Sean Tarry’s Al Mutawakel got the upperhand after a brief tussle.

Jockey Lyle Hewitson said after the race: “He’s a laid-back horse and we know he’s had issues, but he won a good race today. Going down to the start he didn’t fill me with too much confidence I had to warm him up, stretch at the start. But a bit of class prevailed.”

While Al Mutawakel was green in the run-in, he always looked like he was going to get to terms with the hard-trying Apache Too, and Hewitson said: “With every tap I gave him, he quickened, pricked his ears. He took a bit of time to unwind.”

Al Mutawakel is a full-brother to Durban July runner-up Al Sahem, sired by Silvano from the Charity Mile winner Alderry. He is three from three and has earned R190,000 for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum’s Al Adiyaat South Africa.