Shadwell’s promising second-season sire MUHAARAR delivered another exciting new winner when daughter CLEANTE stormed to a three-length victory in the Prix Claude Gauthier, a 1m5f maiden for three-year-old fillies, at Chateaubriant on May 25.
CLEANTE, trained by Andre Fabre for owner and breeder Baron Edouard de Rothschild, had finished second on her last start at Deauville in November and was sent off the hot favourite to get off the mark this time.
She is out of the Listed-placed SEVRES ROSE mare PENNE, who is also the dam of MEANDRE, a four-time Group 1 winner including in the Grand Prix de Paris and Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.
CLEANTE is among several exciting winners sired by MUHAARAR, who stands under the Shadwell banner at Nunnery Stud at a fee of £20,000.
They are headed by ENEMY, the impressive winner of an Ascot maiden for John Gosden and Qatar Racing and Lady O’Reilly on his sole run last September. The half-brother to Group 1 winners CHICQUITA and MAGIC WAND is considered a leading hope for the Classics.
Other lightly raced winners by MUHAARAR who hold significant potential include CUSTODIAN, a three-length winner of a Pontefract novice stakes on his second start last summer; FIJI, a wide-margin winner at Lingfield on debut at Lingfield in January; and CEMHAAN, who scored by two lengths at Kempton in March.