Shadwell’s young broodmare AGHAREED has come to the fore as the dam of two high-profile winners in the past week.
BAAEED, her three-year-old son by SEA THE STARS, remains unbeaten in three starts after carrying the prestigious Shadwell silks to a dazzling four-length victory in the Listed Sir Henry Cecil Stakes over a mile on Newmarket’s July course on Thursday.
His trainer William Haggas said after the race: “BAAEED looks talented and is an exciting horse. He’s got plenty of speed and showed a great turn of foot. His brother is a mile-and-a-half horse but there’s no hurry to step him up in trip right now. I thought it was a really good Listed contest so it was very positive to see him win like that coming from the back.”
The exciting colt looks set for a deserved step up in class now, and could contest the Celebration Mile at Goodwood or the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville next month.
Just two days after BAAEED’s success, his four-year-old full-brother HUKUM came out and won the Group 3 Silver Cup Stakes over 1m6f at York. It was the Owen Burrows-trained colt’s third triumph at stakes level.
Shadwell’s Angus Gold told the Racing Post: “He’s a real solid horse who rarely runs a bad race. Although he stayed the trip at York, they didn’t go much pace, which probably helped, and I think a strongly run mile and a half is right up his street. We might look at the Canadian International, depending on the travel situation, with other targets in Europe first.”
AGHAREED’s rise to become a star producer is particularly satisfying as she hails from one of the longest established Shadwell families, one expertly nurtured by the late Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.
She is by KINGMAMBO out of LAHUDOOD, a horse who gave Sheikh Hamdan a famous success in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, as well scoring in the Flower Bowl Invitational at the highest level.
LAHUDOOD is by SINGSPIEL out of RAHAYEB, who in turn was a winning daughter of ARAZI and Cheshire Oaks second BASHAYER. For her part, BASHAYER was by Mr Prospector out of Shadwell’s outstanding matriarch HEIGHT OF FASHION, and was thus a half-sister to Sheikh Hamdan’s wonderful champions NASHWAN, NAYEF and UNFUWAIN.
AGHAREED upheld family honour by winning the Listed Prix de Liancourt at Longchamp in her own racing career, and is now emulating her maternal ancestors by becoming a broodmare of serious consequence.
Now aged 12, she has a two-year-old filly by INTELLO named ZAGHAAREED who is in training with Owen Burrows, a yearling colt by NATHANIEL and a colt foal by the excellent young sire NIGHT OF THUNDER.