These Shadwell stars show the benefit of a late cover

Here's why you dismiss an April or May-born foal at your peril
Eqtidaar: the Royal Ascot winner was foaled on May 4

Breeders are often in a rush to get mares in foal so that the resultant offspring will be born earlier in the year. The hope is that they will then hold an age advantage over their rivals when they get to the racecourse.

But as we enter the final months of the covering season we thought we would highlight ten Shadwell-owned stars who were born in April and May to illustrate that later foals are just as desirable. In fact, many say that a newborn will benefit from better grass in late spring and early summer.

If you feel inspired and have a mare who is empty or on a late cover this year, do not hesitate to contact the Shadwell nominations team to discuss your options. Nominations to MUHAARAR, MUKHADRAM, TASLEET and EQTIDAAR are still available.

MUKHADRAM (born April 6, 2009)

Shadwell have campaigned few tougher horses than MUKHADRAM, who delivered front-running victories in the Eclipse, York Stakes and Brigadier Gerard Stakes. The son of Shamardal stands at Nunnery Stud and has supplied five stakes performers from his first two crops.

SHADAYID (born April 10, 1988)

Shadwell’s homebred daughter of SHADEED was unbeaten in her first five starts including in the Prix Marcel Boussac at two and the 1,000 Guineas at three. She later finished placed in the Oaks, Coronation Stakes, Sussex Stakes, Haydock Sprint Cup and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

KHAADEM (born April 18, 2016)

There have been few more impressive handicap winners in recent years than KHAADEM, who stormed to a near three-length success in the Stewards’ Cup at Glorious Goodwood carrying 9st 6lb last year. He was also forward enough to win twice in the summer of his juvenile season.

ESWARAH (born April 21, 2002)

This filly defied inexperience to win the Oaks in impressive fashion on the back of just two runs, and in the process became the last filly to win the race out of another winner of the Epsom Classic. She emulated her dam MIDWAY LADY, who struck in the famous race 19 years earlier.

MOHAATHER (born April 26, 2016)

Marcus Tregoning’s exciting four-year-old was an impressive winner of the Horris Hill Stakes at two and landed the Greenham Stakes on his three-year-old bow. The son of SHOWCASING suffered a setback after that but was a highly encouraging fifth in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on his comeback in the autumn.

NAYEF (born May 1, 1998)

The brilliant middle-distance performer represented the best of Shadwell breeding, being out of Princess of Wales’s Stakes heroine HEIGHT OF FASHION and therefore a half-brother to the brilliant NASHWAN and UNFUWAIN. NAYEF himself won the Champion Stakes, Dubai Sheema Classic, Juddmonte International and Prince of Wales’s Stakes.

EQTIDAAR (born May 4, 2015)

The newest recruit to the Nunnery Stud stallion roster is a May foal but he was precocious enough to win on debut in the August of his two-year-old season. He went on to run second in the Pavilion Stakes and defeat the likes of SANDS OF MALI and INVINCIBLE ARMY in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

MUTAKAYYEF (born May 5, 2011)

This son of SEA THE STARS was a wonderfully consistent performer, finishing out of the first three only once in 17 starts. He won back-to-back renewals of the Group 2 Summer Mile at Ascot and also finished second in the Queen Anne Stakes at the royal meeting.

HAATEF (born May 11, 2004)

Despite being born so late in the foaling season, HAATEF was an early bird on the track, beating 24 rivals to win a Curragh maiden in August and then running a close fourth to TEOFILO and HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR in the Dewhurst at two. He took the Diadem Stakes at three and has proved a useful sire at Derrinstown Stud.

ERHAAB (born May 24, 1991)

The son of CHIEF’S CROWN delivered one of the most thrilling displays in the Derby of modern times, as Willie Carson held the colt up right at the back of the field before delivering him with a strong late run to defeat KING’S THEATRE by clear water. ERHAAB also won the Dante Stakes and ran third in the Eclipse.