Mutakayyef is favourite to win on Lingfield’s all-weather track on Saturday

Mutakayyef, on the left, is favourite for this afternoon�s Winter Derby at Lingfield Park.

Mutakayyef, on the left, is favourite for this afternoon�s Winter Derby at Lingfield Park. - Credit: PA

Mutakayyef is hot favourite to land the Betway Winter Derby over 10 furlongs on Lingfield’s all-weather surface this afternoon at 3.15pm.

William Haggas’ six-year-old gelding will have to concede upwards of 5lb all round, but he is rated 9lb higher than his closest opposition, Sir Michael Stoute’s Convey, in the feature at Lingfield, one of two races shown live by ITV racing.

Mutakayyef, under champion Jim Crowley, won the Summer Mile last year at Ascot and York’s Ganton Stakes before finishing third behind Postponed in the Juddmonte International and filling the same place in the Woodbine Mile won by Tepin.

Last year’s winner Grendisar is back for Marco Botti, under Adam Kirby. The seven-year-old carries the same weight as when winning in 2016 and was fourth over course and distance earlier this February.

Former Haggas inmate Battalion takes his chance for Jamie Osborne under George Baker and was third, one place ahead of Grendisar, in that February race having scored over course and distance in December in taking the Quebec Stakes.

Convey, partnered by Andrea Atzeni, tackles 10 furlongs for the first time, having finished fifth of sixth last time over seven furlongs at Redcar in October.

Earlier ITV shows the 2.05pm Betway Hever Sprint over the minimum five furlongs, marker leader for which is Godolphin’s Pretend under Kirby for trainer Charlie Appleby.

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After a Kempton success in January, Pretend was fifth of seven over six furlongs at Lingfield three weeks ago in a race won by Lancelot du Lac, another of today’s rivals. Robert Winston rides the Dean Ivory trained top weight who prior to that success, won over five furlongs at Chelmsford in January.

Boom The Groom under Atzeni for Tony Carroll will be looking to step up from finishing sixth of 11 at Wolverhampton on Monday while Verne Castle, David Probert for Andrew Balding, bids for a hat-trick after two course and distance wins this month.

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