Making his first start after a four-month lay-off, MUQAAWEL closed on the outside to place in one mile Prix de la Californie S., just 3/4 length off the win. Racing on the all-weather surface at Cagnes-sur-Mer, in France, and making his stakes debut, the 3-year-old colt by DAAHER was near the back of the pack until they turned for home. MUQAAWEL swung out for the run home and continued to close the gap to the wire. Finishing behind him was a “TDN Rising Star”. The Prix de la Californie S. is considered a “Fast-Track Qualifier” for Lingfield’s £150,000 Three-Year-Old Championship April 3rd. A debut winner at Leicester in June of last year, MUQAAWEL was bred by Shadwell Farm out of the Danehill mare Ekleel, who is a half-sister to three-time G1 winner Aljabr.