Godolphin Leger ace is back in the groove

Mutafaweq, last year's St Leger hero, put his Hardwicke Stakes flop at Royal Ascot behind him to land the £64,516 WGZ Bank Deutschland Preis at Dusseldorf yesterday.

Mutafaweq, last year's St Leger hero, put his Hardwicke Stakes flop at Royal Ascot behind him to land the £64,516 WGZ Bank Deutschland Preis at Dusseldorf yesterday.

It was the Godolphin-owned four-year-old's second Group One victory. Ridden by Richard Hills, the 6-4 shot outstayed his seven rivals over the mile and a half to win by three-quarters of a length and the same from local fillies Quezon City and Catella.

Mark Johnston's Yavana's Pace was sixth of the eight runners. His rider, Darryll Holland, had earlier landed the £7,742 Listed seven furlong Preis der WGZ Beteiligungsgesellschaft on Eoghan O'Neill's Yorba Linda, a 14-1 chance.

John Gosden's Valentino, head second to Giant's Causeway in the St James's Palce Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, takes on nine rivals in the Group Three Prix Daphnis at Chantilly today. Gerald Mosse's mount was third to Bachir in the Prix d'Essai des Poulains (French 2,000 Guineas) on his last trip to France.

Next year's Group One Dubai World Cup will be run on Saturday March 24, it was announced yesterday. The $6million contest (about £3.75m), sponsored by Emirates, will be the highlight of a seven-race card on which every event will have Group status.

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