Notebooks out! 25 Shadwell homebred juveniles to watch

A look at some of our well-bred two-year-olds of 2021
It looks set to be another exciting season for Shadwell

Shadwell enjoyed another fine year with its homebred two-year-olds in Europe in 2020, headed by Mujbar and Zeyaadah winning stakes races.

We have another outstanding crop of juveniles to look forward to in 2021; including those who are by premier-league sires and out of high-achieving racemares, and others who are siblings to superstars on the track.

We’ve highlighted 25 of this season’s more intriguingly homebred two-year-olds in this article. Fingers crossed for another productive year!

Pedigree bay filly Golden Horn-Aaraas (Haafhd)
Trainer Kevin Prendergast

Kevin Prendergast can be relied upon to get the best out of this filly but, whatever she achieves on the track, she will one day make a valuable addition to the Shadwell broodmare band.

She is by the exceptional Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe hero Golden Horn and is a half-sister to Madhmoon, who was sent out by Prendergast to collect Group 2 laurels and finish second in the Derby.

Their dam Aaraas is a Group 3-placed daughter of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan’s multiple Group 1 winner Haafhd and she hails from the family of Awtaad, another star trained by Prendergast for Shadwell.

Pedigree bay filly Intello-Aghareed (Kingmambo)
Trainer Owen Burrows

This Intello filly will join her talented half-brother Hukum with Owen Burrows at Kingwood Stables.

Hukum was one of HH Sheikh Hamdan’s super six winners at Royal Ascot last year, scoring in the King George V Stakes, and later in the season he struck in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes and ran fifth in the St Leger.

The siblings are out of Aghareed, a Listed-winning daughter of Kingmambo and Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf heroine Lahudood.

Pedigree bay filly Dubawi-Aneen (Lawman)
Trainer John and Thady Gosden

This filly is the first foal out of Aneen, who beat 24 rivals to win a Curragh maiden by over four lengths at two and finished a close second in the Listed Cooley Fillies Stakes at Dundalk at three.

The dam was seriously well-bred, too, as she is a Lawman half-sister to Irish 2,000 Guineas hero and Derrinstown Stud stallion Awtaad.

John and Thady Gosden have taken charge of Aneen’s first-born, and hopefully they can do as well with her as they have with other Dubawi fillies such as Coronet, Lah Ti Dar and full-sisters Indigo Girl and Journey.

Pedigree bay colt Havana Gold-Ejaazah (Acclamation)
Trainer Richard Hannon

There will be high hopes that this colt can be one of Shadwell’s more precocious two-year-olds this year, and not just because he has been placed with Richard Hannon, a trainer who is famously a dab hand with juveniles.

He is by Havana Gold, a former leading first-season sire, out of Ejaazah, a daughter of speed influence Acclamation and Sweet Solera Stakes winner English Ballet. The dam herself ran second in the Dragon Stakes at two.

The colt is bred on a similar cross to Havana Gold’s best runner, Flying Five winner Havana Grey, who is out of a mare by Acclamation’s son Dark Angel.

Pedigree bay colt Sea The Stars-Ezima (Sadler’s Wells)
Trainer John and Thady Gosden

John and Thady Gosden were the obvious choice to train this colt, who ranks as one of the most valuable jewels in Shadwell’s two-year-old treasury as a full-brother to HH Sheikh Hamdan’s outstanding racemare Taghrooda.

Taghrooda was also, of course, sent out from the Gosdens’ Clarehaven Stables to win the Oaks and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes by wide margins and to finish a close third in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Naturally, as this colt is a son of stamina influence Sea The Stars from the top staying family of Gold Cup-winning siblings Estimate and Enzeli, we should not expect to see him out early this season. In fact, anything he accomplishes as a juvenile will be a bonus, as he is bred to excel at three and older.

Pedigree chestnut filly Kitten’s Joy-Garmoosha (Kingmambo)
Trainer Jean-Claude Rouget

This filly is a half-sister to one of Shadwell’s most exciting horses for the Flat season ahead — Raabihah, winner of the Prix de Psyche, runner-up in the Prix Vermeille and a fast-finishing fifth in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe last year.

The sisters are out of Garmoosha, an unraced daughter of Kingmambo and HH Sheikh Hamdan’s Oaks winner Eswarah, who was in turn out of another Oaks winner in Midway Lady.

The two-year-old, who joins Raabihah in Jean-Claude Rouget’s stables, is by Kitten’s Joy. The sire has provided 14 Group 1 winners, including European champions Hawkbill, Kameko and Roaring Lion.

Pedigree bay colt Muhaarar-Ghanaati (Giant’s Causeway)
Trainer Charlie Hills

It was only fitting that Charlie Hills took charge of this colt. First of all, he trained the sire Muhaarar to win four Group 1s in a thrilling three-year-old campaign. The colt was hailed as the best sprinter since Dayjur.

Secondly, Charlie’s father Barry oversaw the stellar career of the dam Ghanaati, a daughter of Giant’s Causeway from HH Sheikh Hamdan’s magnificent Height Of Fashion family who won the 1,000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes.

Ghanaati has already clicked with Muhaarar’s sire Oasis Dream to produce Royal Ascot winner Afaak, while the mare is also responsible for Meydan Group 3 winner Wafy and four-time scorer Alnashama.

Pedigree bay colt War Front-Lahudood (Singspiel)
Trainer Sir Michael Stoute

This colt’s dam Lahudood won the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf for HH Sheikh Hamdan and is one of three winners at the meeting for Shadwell alongside Invasor and Tamarkuz.

Lahudood has been mated with the colt’s sire War Front before and the result was the smart Thibaan, who finished second to the useful Frankly Darling in a maiden and ran to a high official rating when winning a competitive Doncaster handicap.

The War Front two-year-old out of Lahudood is with Thibaan’s trainer Sir Michael Stoute.

Pedigree bay colt Invincible Spirit-Lanansaak (Zamindar)
Trainer Roger Varian

This colt joins two exciting siblings at Roger Varian’s stables — Zaajirah, who won her only start at two in exciting fashion last year, and the four-year-old Montather, who has been successful on two of his three starts.

The siblings are out of Lanansaak, a Listed-placed daughter of Zamindar out of the classy Bunood from the family of HH Sheikh Hamdan’s champion two-year-old and Classic heroine Shadayid.

Lanansaak’s two-year-old is by Invincible Spirit, the source of 20 Group 1 winners including Shadwell’s own Eqtidaar and Nazeef. Intriguingly, the sire’s best performer, Kingman, is also out of a Zamindar mare.

Pedigree bay colt Frankel-Majmu (Redoute’s Choice)
Trainer William Haggas

HH Sheikh Hamdan enjoyed plenty of success with progeny of Frankel — think Elarqam, Wadilsafa and so on.

Hopefully this colt out of Australian-bred Group 1 heroine Majmu, who has been entrusted to William Haggas, can follow in their footsteps. Although, as a May foal, he might not be seen too early in the season.

Majmu, who is by multiple champion Australian sire Redoute’s Choice out of Chilean 1,000 Guineas winner Spontaneous, landed the Cape Fillies Guineas and L Jaffee Empress Club Stakes during a glittering racing career for Mike de Kock in South Africa.

Pedigree bay filly Frankel-Madany (Acclamation)
Trainer Charlie Hills

This filly is particularly exciting as she is out of one of Shadwell’s best broodmares of recent years.

Madany, a winning daughter of Acclamation, is the dam of four winners and they include Commonwealth Cup hero and Nunnery Stud stallion Eqtidaar, 2,000 Guineas runner-up Massaat and exciting Horris Hill Stakes winner Mujbar.

Her latest racecourse representative is a Frankel filly who is being sent to Mujbar’s trainer Charlie Hills.

Pedigree bay colt Dark Angel-Maqaasid (Green Desert)
Trainer Marcus Tregoning

This February-born colt’s pedigree suggests he could be another of Shadwell’s earlier two-year-old talents in 2021.

He is by Dark Angel, a Middle Park Stakes winner by Acclamation and a past master at producing precocious sorts.

Moreover, he is out of Maqaasid, a daughter of Nunnery Stud legend Green Desert who won the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot on her second start and later finished a close third in the 1,000 Guineas.

Pedigree bay colt Siyouni-Musaanada (Sea The Stars)
Trainer William Haggas

Siyouni has risen to become one of Europe’s premier sires, having supplied a long list of star progeny that includes Dream And Do, Ervedya, Etoile, Laurens, Sottsass, St Mark’s Basilica — and HH Sheikh Hamdan’s own five-length Pretty Polly Stakes winner Maqsad.

This Siyouni colt holds significant appeal because of the distaff side of his pedigree too. He is out of Musaanada, a daughter of Sea The Stars from the family of Fame And Glory who was unbeaten in her two career starts for William Haggas.

Haggas will also be taking delivery of Musaanada’s son, an early April foal.

Pedigree chestnut filly Lope De Vega-Mutebah (Marju)
Trainer Owen Burrows

Lope De Vega is now considered to be one of Europe’s foremost stallions, the son of Shamardal having supplied 12 top-level winners. He has even been chosen to cover Shadwell’s iconic racemare Taghrooda this year.

This filly by the sire is a half-sister to Albasheer, runner-up in the Champagne Stakes and a creditable sixth in the Dewhurst last year, out of the Listed-placed Marju mare Mutebah.

She joins Albasheer with Owen Burrows at Kingwood Stables.

Pedigree grey colt Dark Angel-Muteela (Dansili)
Trainer Mark Johnston

There is a rich history of Shadwell success on both sides of this colt’s pedigree, so Mark Johnston’s charge makes for a very exciting prospect.

His sire Dark Angel gave HH Sheikh Hamdan his sensational sprinter Battaash, Group 2 scorers Alhebayeb and Estidhkaar, and the classy trio Heeraat, Markaz and Yafta.

His dam Muteela carried the famous blue and white silks to victory in the Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot and she is a half-sister to Middle Park Stakes winner Awzaan. Both siblings were also trained by Johnston.

Pedigree grey colt Sea The Stars-Natagora (Divine Light)
Trainer Owen Burrows

This beautifully bred colt is bound for Kingwood Stables, where his half-sister Raaqy was prepared to win a Doncaster maiden and run third in Listed company.

He is by Sea The Stars, a sire HH Sheikh Hamdan enjoyed tremendous success with thanks to the likes of Hadaatha, Hukum, Mutakayyef, Raabihah and Taghrooda.

His dam is Natagora, a brilliant filly who won the Cheveley Park Stakes and 1,000 Guineas, ran second in the Prix Morny, Prix Jacques le Marois and Prix de la Foret and even took third in the Prix du Jockey Club.

Pedigree chestnut filly Showcasing-Qawaasem (Shamardal)
Trainer Marcus Tregoning

The pedigree and placement of this filly is particularly eye-catching.

She will be another of Showcasing’s progeny trained by Marcus Tregoning for Shadwell, following brilliant Sussex Stakes victor and Nunnery Stud stallion Mohaather and exciting Mill Reef Stakes scorer Alkumait.

The filly is a half-sister to promising three-year-old Bakr out of Qawaasem, a daughter of Shamardal who won a Newmarket maiden and finished second in the Star Stakes and Prestige Stakes.

Pedigree bay filly Teofilo-Rawaaq (Invincible Spirit)
Trainer Dermot Weld

Teofilo enjoyed a standout year in 2020, delivering six individual Group 1 winners including Melbourne Cup hero Twilight Payment, Hong Kong champion Exultant and Shadwell’s own top-class filly Tawkeel.

This two-year-old by the sire is out of the Group 3-winning Invincible Spirit mare Rawaaq, from the family of HH Sheikh Hamdan’s top-notchers Bahri, Bahhare and Muqbil.

Dermot Weld will take receipt of the March-born filly.

Pedigree bay colt Shamardal-Rayaheen (Nayef)
Trainer Richard Hannon

Richard Hannon knows the family of this colt inside out. His father sent out the dam Rayaheen to win on debut at two, while he himself saddled his half-sister Tajaanus to win the Sweet Solera Stakes and half-brother Motafaawit to win three races including a competitive Ascot handicap.

The East Everleigh handler should therefore know how to get the best out of the March foal, whose maternal granddam is the 1,000 Guineas heroine Natagora.

He is by Shamardal, a sire who needs little introduction, but suffice to say he has delivered 16 Group 1 winners including HH Sheikh Hamdan’s own Mukhadram.

Pedigree chestnut colt Dubawi-Rifqah (Elusive Quality)
Trainer Sir Michael Stoute

A Dubawi sibling to a top-class performer is always the source of tremendous excitement, and this colt is no exception.

Sir Michael Stoute’s charge is a half-brother to Mustajeeb, winner of the Amethyst Stakes, Jersey Stakes and Greenlands Stakes and third in the Irish 2,000 Guineas.

He is out of Rifqah, a daughter of Elusive Quality from the family of dual Group 1 winner and top-notch Derrinstown Stud sire Tamayuz.

Pedigree bay filly Frankel-Riqa (Dubawi)
Trainer Freddy Head

Freddy Head certainly seems to have the key to this Frankel filly’s high-achieving family.

He trained one half-sister, Tantheem, to land three Group 3 sprints, all by clear water, and another half-sister, Khayzaraan, to win two races at two by yawningly wide margins.

He also saddled their dam Riqa to win two races and to finish second in three Listed contests, and her half-brother Motamarris to run third in the Prix du Jockey Club.

Pedigree bay colt Muhaarar-Taghrooda (Sea The Stars)
Trainer John and Thady Gosden

This is the wonderful Taghrooda’s third foal and he could be the mare’s second runner after Almighwar, a four-year-old Dubawi colt who scored impressive victories in two novice stakes last season and was an encouraging second in the Rosebery Handicap on his seasonal bow recently.

The colt’s pedigree represents an interesting blend of speed and stamina as on the one hand he is by HH Sheikh Hamdan’s brilliant sprinter Muhaarar but, on the other, Taghrooda was a champion over middle distances.

It is hard to tell when he might be ripe for the racecourse, then. But John Gosden, who did a superb job in overseeing Taghrooda’s career, can be relied upon to solve the puzzle with son Thady.

Pedigree bay filly Muhaarar-Tarfasha (Teofilo)
Trainer Dermot Weld

Here is another filly who is bred to be top-class and will make an exciting breeding prospect at the end of what will hopefully be a fruitful racing career.

She is a Muhaarar half-sister to Listed winner Rakan and Group 3 runner-up Wuqood, out of Tarfasha, a daughter of Teofilo who won the Blandford Stakes and finished runner-up to Taghrooda in the Oaks.

Dermot Weld trained Tarfasha, Rakan and Wuqood, so he was the obvious choice to train this filly too.

Pedigree bay filly Shamardal-Yasmeen (Sea The Stars)
Trainer John and Thady Gosden

Shamardal youngsters are a precious commodity, as the outstanding sire covered only small, private books in the years leading up to his death at the age of 18 last year.

This filly, from the sire’s third-last crop, is out of Yasmeen, a Listed-placed Sea The Stars half-sister to stakes winners Ethaara, Mudaaraah and Sudoor.

It was John Gosden who saddled Yasmeen to finish second in the Michael Seely Memorial Stakes and he and Thady will also train her daughter.

Pedigree bay colt Awtaad-Zahoo (Nayef)
Trainer Mark Johnston

Mark Johnston will take charge of this colt by Derrinstown Stud’s promising second-season stallion Awtaad.

A Classic-winning son of Cape Cross, Awtaad recorded a double-tally figure of two-year-old winners last year and they included Santa Anita Listed winner Ebeko and the impressive maiden/novice scorers Huddleton Mac, Mr Excellency, Pillar Of Hope and Qaasid.

The colt is a three-parts brother to Group 3 winner Convergence out of Zahoo, a Listed-placed Nayef half-sister to high-class trio Bangkok, Matterhorn and Tactic.