Shadwell homebred Hukum confirmed himself one of the best middle-distance horses in Europe by easing to a four and a quarter-length victory in the prestigious Coronation Cup on Friday.
The admirable Owen Burrows-trained five-year-old has won in every season he’s raced, scoring in a Kempton novice stakes at two, the King George V Handicap and Geoffrey Freer Stakes at three, the Tapster Stakes, John Smith’s Silver Cup, Geoffrey Freer Stakes again and Cumberland Lodge Stakes at four, and the Dubai City of Gold and now a deserved first Group 1 at Epsom at five.
Hukum has now won nine of his 15 starts and only finished out of the first four twice.
He is by world champion Sea The Stars, a sire with whom Shadwell has enjoyed tremendous success, having also raced his high-class offspring Baaeed, Al Aasy, Taghrooda, Hadaatha, Raabihah and Mutakayyef.
Hukum is of course a full-brother to Baaeed, who is unbeaten in seven starts and was last seen cruising to victory in the Lockinge Stakes, as both horses are out of the outstanding broodmare Aghareed, a Listed-winning daughter of Kingmambo from a truly great Shadwell family.
Aghareed is out of Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf heroine Lahudood, whose third dam was His Highness Sheikh Hamdan’s wonderful blue hen mare Height Of Fashion, dam of champions Nashwan, Nayef and Unfuwain and ancestress of numerous other stars.
Aghareed has a three-year-old filly by Intello named Zaghareed and in training with Owen Burrows, a two-year-old colt by Nathaniel named Naqeeb and a yearling colt by Night Of Thunder.
She has no foal produce, but is safely back in foal to Sea The Stars, so should produce a full-sibling to Hukum and Baaeed next year.
Safe to say, that would be one of the most keenly anticipated arrivals on any stud in the world.