Muhaarar filly Shatha shows promise with debut victory at Kempton

'She's a nice, big, strong filly and clearly she's pretty decent'
Shadwell homebred Shatha (left) beats Lightness at Kempton

The beautifully bred first crop of star sprinter MUHAARAR, now three-year-olds, yielded another promising winner when SHATHA struck in a competitive 1m2f fillies’ novice stakes at Kempton on June 3.

SHATHA, a Shadwell homebred making her debut for trainer Charlie Hills, raced prominently and showed admirable grit to outstay her rivals and win from Her Majesty The Queen’s SHAMARDAL filly LIGHTNESS.

Jockey Tom Marquand reported after the race: “I’ve not had the chance to see her before but she’s a nice, big, strong filly and clearly she’s pretty decent.

“A galloping mile and a quarter rather than this tight one is probably going to suit her better. She’s still relatively green but she’s scopey and going to do well going forward.”

SHATHA is one of four winners out of LEAR’S PRINCESS, a Grade 1-winning daughter of LEAR FAN and a half-sister to another top-flight scorer in PRETTY CITY DANCER.

On a good day for Shadwell breeding, the rapidly progressive four-year-old filly NAZEEF landed the Listed Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes at Kempton in impressive fashion, taking the scalp of 1,000 Guineas heroine BILLESDON BROOK.

The John Gosden-trained NAZEEF is by INVINCIBLE SPIRIT – sire of Commonwealth Cup victor EQTIDAAR, new to the Shadwell stallion roster at Nunnery Stud in 2020 – out of HANDASSA, a daughter of DUBAWI who won the Listed Garnet Stakes.

Later in the day ENEMY, a MUHAARAR half-brother to elite winners CHICQUITA and MAGIC WAND, ran an encouraging second in a Yarmouth novice stakes on only his second start for John Gosden.