Mugatoo to Target Queen Elizabeth Stakes in the Autumn

Kris Lees’ Mugatoo has finished his spring campaign and will head to the paddock to rest up before an autumn assault that will be targeting the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick.

Mugatoo ran a gallant fourth in the Cox Plate and was set to run in the Mackinnon Stakes, but was a late scratching following an incident on the way to the track, where he suffered a laceration to his offside hind leg.

Jamie Lovett, Australian Bloodstock co-director, confirmed that the wounds did not require any stitches and that Mugatoo was fine.

“He’ll freshen up at the farm now and we’ll just keep him ticking over with a view to getting him ready for the autumn carnival in Sydney where the Queen Elizabeth Stakes will be his main target,” Lovett said.

Mugatoo won the Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m), before finishing runner-up in the Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap (2400m), and fourth in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m).