Shadwell recorded an outstanding treble on Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot, which included two Group 1 victories for our homebreds.
ESHAADA initiated the three-timer with a brave victory in the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes, defeating ALBAFLORA by a short head to give Nunnery Stud-based champion sprinter MUHAARAR a memorable one-two as sire.
The Roger Varian-trained ESHAADA represents some of the best of Shadwell breeding, as she is out of MUHAWALAH, a winning daughter of four-time Group 1 winner and Nunnery Stud resident NAYEF and a full-sister to dual Group 1 scorer and Derrinstown Stud-based stallion TAMAYUZ.
MUHAWALAH, who is also the dam of classy four-time winner MUTAMAASIK, was covered this year by SEA THE STARS, who happens to be the sire of Shadwell’s second Group 1 winner on British Champions Day.
The horse in question, BAAEED, made it six victories from as many starts for William Haggas by defeating top-class performers PALACE PIER, LADY BOWTHORPE and THE REVENANT in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
BAAEED is a full-brother to multiple Group 3 winner HUKUM, out of AGHAREED, a Listed-winning daughter of KINGMAMBO and Shadwell’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf heroine LAHUDOOD.
In turn, LAHUDOOD is descended from the late Sheikh Hamdan’s wonderful blue hen mare HEIGHT OF FASHION, whose offspring included the champions NASHWAN and NAYEF – the damsire of ESHAADA.
Shadwell’s Tom Pennington said: “It goes all the way back to the foundations that Sheikh Hamdan laid 35 years ago when he bought Height Of Fashion. To see her still having such an impact on pedigrees is phenomenal.
“After everything that has happened this year, for the team and the staff to have a day like this and for Height Of Fashion to be such a big influence on the results is amazing.
“It’s incredibly sad that Sheikh Hamdan is not here to be a part of it. However, his legacy will live on and Sheikha Hissa was ecstatic following today’s results. These marquee days are what we all do it for, and it is fabulous for everyone involved at Shadwell – it’s such a huge team effort.”
Shadwell’s third winner on British Champions Day, completing a treble for retained jockey Jim Crowley too, was ALDAARY, who scored by clear water in the Balmoral Handicap. The three-year-old was winning his fifth race for William Haggas, and has now earned just shy of £200,000 in prize-money.