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Posted on: 23rd May 2019

Mustashry: the impressive Group 1 Lockinge Stakes winner is inbred to Height Of Fashion

Given the number of sire sons left behind by Height Of Fashion, it was always going to be a matter of time before the breed became infused with animals inbred to the mare.

Whether some breeders travelled this route by design is open to doubt. Height Of Fashion was, after all, a daughter of Bustino, an excellent influence for stamina, and in turn her legacy as a producer was secured by a series of top-class 1m4f performers for Sheikh Hamdan, notably Nashwan, Unfuwain, Nayef and Alwasmi.

As meritorious as that record was, doubling up on a mare in possession of such a profile might not be everybody’s idea of sitting at the cutting edge of commercial breeding.

There are those, however, who would have certainly identified the potential merit in pursuing such a path. And while it has yet to assume the prominence seen through inbreeding to the likes of Special (who is doubled up within the productive Kingmambo - Sadler’s Wells cross) or Cotehele House, currently to the fore in Australia through Group 1 winner Verry Elleegant and high-class juvenile Cosmic Force, there has been some encouragement this spring to suggest that double doses of Height Of Fashion is a pattern worth watching.

Saturday’s Lockinge Stakes winner Mustashry is one such horse. Appropriately bred by Shadwell, he becomes the fourth winner at the top level by Tamayuz, another Shadwell homebred, and is out of Safwa, a winning Green Desert half-sister to the admirable Group 1 performer Maraahel. The horse reaffirms Tamayuz’s affinity with Danzig and more specifically Green Desert, something previously on show via the Listed winners Best Regards and Quinta Verde.

In that, Tamayuz bears similarities to his sire Nayef, whose successful partnership with Danzig line mares is fronted by Spacious, Ice Breeze, Tasaday and Confront. And Nayef, of course, is a half-brother to Nashwan, who appears as the sire of Safwa’s dam Nasanice.

Nashwan, meanwhile, features twice in the background of Feel Glorious, a maiden winner at Goodwood last summer whose switch to Christophe Clement in the US was followed by a win in the Memories Of Silver Stakes at Aqueduct. That daughter of Bated Breath was in action again on Saturday when second in the Grade 3 Soaring Softly Stakes at Belmont Park.

It seems that doubling up on Height Of Fashion is a helpful formula for Bated Breath when it is considered that three of the stallion’s five stakes winners are inbred to the mare; in addition to Feel Glorious, the group includes Railway Stakes winner Beckford, another with two doses of Nashwan in his pedigree (admittedly, Beckford couldn’t be any more different to Nashwan as a sprinter with the physique to match), and Californian stakes winner Simply Breathless, the product of a Nayef mare.

In all, there are 13 stakes runners among 31 winners worldwide whose backgrounds contain inbreeding to Height Of Fashion.

One of the earliest examples was German Listed winner Idonea, a daughter of Swain out of a mare by Alwasmi. Another, the Group 3-placed Bobbyscot, was a son of Alhaarth whose granddam was a daughter of Nashwan. In the case of Tamayuz, it has also been used to some good effect to produce the Listed-placed Elabela (out of a Nashwan mare) alongside six other minor winners.

A stud fee that has fluctuated between €8,000 and €15,000 has long placed Tamayuz in a value bracket at Derrinstown Stud.

Exceptionally well connected as a member of the Allegretta clan and a top miler to boot, he has rarely covered large books but that hasn’t stopped a group of 21 stakes winners - giving him a figure of six per cent stakes winners to foals of racing age - coming his way. 

A first crop of 64 foals was highlighted by the Flying Childers Stakes winner Sir Prancealot, subsequently a useful source of winners at stud himself.

The Betfred Sprint Cup winner G Force was among the standouts in a similarly sized second crop while the 2017 EP Taylor Stakes heroine Blond Me was the highlight of no fewer than six stakes winners out of a third crop that numbered just 26 foals, conceived in the year that Tamayuz’s season was cut short by a stifle injury.

Mustashry is the highlight of his fourth crop, another numerically challenged group of 44 that also contains the current Australian Group 2 winner Gallic Chieftain.

The Poule d’Essai des Pouliches heroine Precieuse, Group 3 winners Making Light and Hunaina and the talented stayer Desert Skyline are other representatives to have advertised Tamayuz to good effect in recent seasons.

It is true that some of Tamayuz’s books have not lacked in quality. A glance at some of the mares responsible for those good runners is testament to that; look no further than G Force, whose dam Flanders is responsible for three additional stakes winners, Group 3 winner Thawaany, a half-sister to Kew Gardens out of Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Chelsea Rose, Desert Skyline, who is out of Group 2 winner Diamond Tango, and Hunaina, a half-sister to the recent Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial winner Hamariyna.

And even though Tamayuz has stood the past two seasons for ‘only’ €12,500, there was more of the same within last year’s book of 82 mares, which contained ten stakes winners and 16 stakes producers, among them the dams of Blond Me, Slade Power and Royal Diamond.

Safwa, who also made a return trip to Tamayuz last season, was talented enough to win her maiden by three lengths at Sandown for Sir Michael Stoute. But more importantly, she was particularly well connected as a half-sister to the popular Maraahel, who came agonisingly close to Group 1 glory when touched off by Notnowcato in the 2006 Juddmonte International.

This has been a family that has served Shadwell to great effect in the decades since the purchase of Mustashry’s fourth dam, Manal, for $525,000 by Tom Jones at Keeneland in 1980.

A Luthier sister to the Classic-placed Twig Moss, Manal showed little in three starts for Jones but she went on to make up for that at stud by foaling the 1988 Princess Margaret Stakes winner Muhbubh, in turn the source of the noted Shadwell line responsible for Haatef and Sayedah.

Mustashry belongs to the branch descending from Manal’s dual-winning daughter, Mathaayl. The daughter of Shadeed left behind a single stakes winner in Listed scorer Sahool, but thanks to her daughters, she is now exerting an increasingly powerful influence.

For starters, the winning Alikhlas bred Gutaifan while Sarawati is the dam of Italian Group 1 winner Ventura Storm. As for Sahool, she foaled last year’s Cumberland Lodge Stakes winner Laraaib, who chased home Crystal Ocean when second in Saturday’s Aston Park Stakes.

Another daughter, Enjoyable, also did her bit for the family last week as the dam of Shades Of Blue, who fell only a nose short of Garrus in the Westow Stakes at York on Thursday just two days before Mustashry provided the icing on the cake in the Lockinge Stakes.

STAKES WINNERS INBRED TO HEIGHT OF FASHION 2015 - 2019

MUSTASHRY (2013 g Tamayuz - Safwa by Green Desert) won Lockinge Stakes - Gr.1, Park Stakes - Gr.2, Joel Stakes - Gr.2, Strensall Stakes - Gr.3, Gala Stakes - Listed etc. Bred by Shadwell Estate Company

BECKFORD (2015 c Bated Breath - Whirly Dancer by Danehill Dancer) won Railway Stakes - Gr.2, William Walker Stakes - Listed, also 2nd Phoenix Stakes - Gr.1. Bred by Joyce Wallsgrove

DINOZZO (2013 g Lilbourne Lad - Nisriyna by Intikhab) won HKJC Centenary Vase - Gr.3. Bred by Swordlestown Little

FEEL GLORIOUS (2016 f Bated Breath - Self Centred by Medicean) won Memories Of Silver Stakes - Listed. Bred by Mrs EC Roberts

SIMPLY BREATHLESS (2015 f Bated Breath - Darling Grace by Nayef) won Golden Poppy Stakes - Listed. Bred by Highgate Stud

By Nancy Sexton and published in the Racing Post on 23/05/19

Tags: shadwell; heightoffashion; mustashry: tamayuz,

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