We’ve selected 12 exciting Shadwell homebred two-year-olds in Britain, Ireland and France who could make their mark this season and next.
filly by FRANKEL ex ASHEERAH, by SHAMARDAL
Here’s a poignant reminder of the brilliance of Shamardal, the champion racehorse and prolific sire who sadly passed away this month.
His daughter Asheerah has proved a fine broodmare for Shadwell, with her first three foals all earning black type, led by the Irish 2,000 Guineas victor Awtaad.
Awtaad’s trainer Kevin Prendergast has the horse’s Frankel half-sister Mehnah in his care. Prendergast knows this family well, as he sent out Madhmoon, out of Asheerah’s half-sister Aaraas, to finish second in the Derby last year.
filly by AWTAAD ex EZIMA, by SADLER’S WELLS
Mohjatty is in the care of John Gosden, who sent out her half-sister Taghrooda to win the Oaks and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes by wide margins in His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s colours in 2014.
This filly is a true Shadwell-bred, as she hails from the first crop of our Irish 2,000 Guineas hero Awtaad, who stands at Derrinstown Stud.
Most members of the family, including Taghrooda, the dam Ezima and close relations Enzeli and Estimate, siblings who won the Gold Cup, have needed time and a trip to show their best.
colt by MUHAARAR ex MADANY, by ACCLAMATION
This colt, from the keenly anticipated second crop of champion sprinter Muhaarar, is out of one of the most exciting young members of the Shadwell broodmare band.
His dam Madany, a winning daughter of Acclamation from the immediate family of Group 1 winners Precieuse and Scottish, has produced three winners from her first three foals and two of those are now stallions – Hungerford Stakes scorer and 2,000 Guineas runner-up Massaat, who is based at Mickley Stud, and Commonwealth Cup hero Eqtidaar, standing his first season at Nunnery Stud.
Mujbar is in training with Charlie Hills, who sent out Muhaarar to win seven races including four at the highest level.
colt by INVINCIBLE SPIRIT ex GHANAATI, by GIANT’S CAUSEWAY
This family is close to everyone’s hearts at Shadwell. Ghanaati is a 1,000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes winner by Giant’s Causeway out of Sarayir, a Listed-winning half-sister to Champion Stakes second and former Nunnery Stud sire Mawatheeq and Oaks third Rumoush.
Sarayir was in turn by Mr Prospector out of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s legendary blue hen Height Of Fashion, dam of three top-class colts who also stood at Nunnery – Nashwan, Nayef and Unfuwain.
Mutasaabeq, the two-year-old colt by Invincible Spirit out of Ghanaati and so a half-brother to Royal Ascot winner Afaak and Group 3 scorer Wafy, has been assigned to those siblings’ trainer Charlie Hills.
colt by OASIS DREAM ex RAAQY, by DUBAWI
Rasheed kindles memories of his maternal granddam Natagora, the 1,000 Guineas heroine who was a valued member of the Shadwell broodmare band until her death last year.
The Oasis Dream colt is the first foal out of Raaqy, a daughter of Dubawi and Natagora who ran third in the Listed Star Stakes for Owen Burrows. He is also trained by Burrows.
Natagora also produced the Listed winner Mankib for Shadwell, while her daughter Rayaheen went on to become dam of our Sweet Solera Stakes scorer Tajaanus.
colt by MUHAARAR ex RIQA, by DUBAWI
Freddy Head was the natural choice of trainer for this Muhaarar colt. He has already enjoyed significant success with the family, sending out one half-sister, Tantheem, to win a hat-trick of Group 3 sprints and another half-sister, Khayzaraan, to land two starts at two last year by an aggregate 13 and a half lengths. She is a leading Classic prospect for 2020.
Head also trained the dam, Riqa, to win twice and notch three Listed placings, and her half-brother Motamarris to run third in last season’s Prix du Jockey Club.
Furthermore, he saddled close relation Tamayuz to take the Prix Jean Prat and Prix Jacques Le Marois.
colt by DUBAWI ex TAQAAREED, by SEA THE STARS
John Gosden also has in his care this close relation to Taghrooda – a Dubawi colt who is the first foal out of the great mare’s full-sister Taqaareed, winner of a Kempton maiden by seven lengths for the same connections.
Ubahha is by Dubawi, the source of 41 Group/Grade 1 winners and a sire Shadwell has enjoyed much success with, through stars such as Aljamaaheer, Almanaar and Muraaqaba.
Taghrooda and Taqaareed are both by Sea The Stars, who has made an encouraging start as a broodmare sire. His daughters, the oldest of whom are only nine years old, have already produced stakes winners Raakib Alhawa and Stela Star, as well as the promising three-year-old Nina Bailarina.
colt by INVINCIBLE SPIRIT ex THAWAANY, by TAMAYUZ
Freddy Head has experienced success with both sides of Usloob’s pedigree. The Chantilly trainer is responsible for the two highest-earning performers in Europe by the sire Invincible Spirit – Charm Spirit and Moonlight Cloud.
He also saddled the dam Thawaany to win the Group 3 Prix de Ris-Orangis and to finish second in the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest.
There are a mixture of influences in this pedigree as Thawaany, a high-class sprinter, is a half-sister to St Leger winner and top stayer Kew Gardens, the pair being out of Moyglare Stud Stakes scorer Chelsea Rose. Invincible Spirit’s influence should ensure Usloob is on the speedier side.
colt by DUBAWI ex TARFASHA, by TEOFILO
Dermot Weld is the recipient of this beautifully bred colt. By Dubawi, he is out of Tarfasha, who Weld saddled to win the Blandford Stakes and to finish second to Taghrooda in the Oaks.
The trainer also has in his care Tarfasha’s first foal Rakan, who won the Listed King George V Cup at Leopardstown last year.
Tarfasha is a closely related half-sister to Irish Derby runner-up Galileo Rock and Goodwood Cup winner Saddler’s Rock, so all things considered Wuqood might be a longer-term prospect.
filly by DUBAWI ex RIFQAH, by ELUSIVE QUALITY
This unnamed filly with Sir Michael Stoute could be one to look forward to this year, as her high-class half-brothers Mustajeeb and Muaanid were both forward enough to score in the summer of their juvenile seasons.
Mustajeeb scored at the Galway Festival before running second in the Futurity Stakes and he later added the Amethyst Stakes, Jersey Stakes and Greenlands Stakes to his CV. Muaanid won on debut, also at Galway, before developing into a talented performer in Dubai.
The siblings are out of Rifqah, a daughter of Elusive Quality descended from matriarch Allegretta, whose daughter Urban Sea is noted as one of the greatest broodmares of all time. The family gave Shadwell its top-class miler and Group 1 sire Tamayuz, who stands at Derrinstown Stud.
colt by DUBAWI ex YAAZY, by TEOFILO
This Dubawi colt in the care of Jean-Claude Rouget hails from one of the most happening families in the stud book at the moment.
He is out of Yaazy, a Listed-winning and Group 2-placed half-sister to three other stakes scorers – Matterhorn, a thrilling wide-margin winner of the Al Maktoum Challenge R3 at Meydan in March; Bangkok, successful in last year’s Sandown Classic Trial; and Tactic, triumphant in the Curragh Cup. Another half-sister, Mujarah, is the dam of champion miler Ribchester.
Yaazy and her siblings are out of Tanaghum, a Listed-placed daughter of Darshaan and His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s brilliant 1,000 Guineas and Celebration Mile heroine Mehthaaf.
filly by FRANKEL ex NATAGORA, by DIVINE LIGHT
Richard Hannon has been given the responsibility of training this unnamed Frankel filly who is the final female produce of the aforementioned Classic heroine Natagora – her final foal being a 2019 colt by Sea The Stars.
Hannon also oversaw the career of Natagora’s winning daughter Rayaheen and that mare’s Group 3-winning daughter Tajaanus.
Shadwell has enjoyed considerable success with progeny of Frankel, racing his classy progeny Elarqam and Wadilsafa.