A week to remember at Royal Ascot

Posted on: 24th Jun 2019

Thanks Be and connections following her win in the Sandringham Stakes at Royal Ascot

A thrilling five days of competition at Royal Ascot produced good results for Shadwell and its clients.

Shadwell homebred AFAAK – out of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan's 1,000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes heroine GHANAATI, a granddaughter of legendary broodmare HEIGHT OF FASHION – won the Royal Hunt Cup on his first start since last September. His trainer Charlie Hills reported that he expected further improvement from the five-year-old, and that black-type races could now beckon for him. GHANAATI has a MUHAARAR colt foal at foot.

There was success for the Shadwell stallion roster as THANKS BE, a filly from the first crop of MUKHADRAM, showed a sharp turn of foot and admirable tenacity to win the Sandringham Stakes. The Charlie Fellowes-trained three-year-old was bred by Deveron Limited and carried the silks of Emma Capon.

The filly was steered to victory by Hayley Turner, who became the first female jockey to ride a winner at Royal Ascot since Gay Kelleway 32 years ago.

MUKHADRAM, whose sire Shamardal was in red-hot form during the meeting, posting four winners including a Group 1 sprint double for Blue Point, has a growing reputation as one of the best value sires in Europe.

There was also cause for celebration among other breeders who have supported Shadwell stallions in recent years.

Meon Valley Stud own a MUKHADRAM colt foal out of Miss Dashwood, the dam of Queen's Vase victor Dashing Willoughby, and Ecurie Melanie, Haras du Cadran and Haras du Ma have a MUHAARAR yearling filly out of Piping, who produced Ascot Stakes scorer The Grand Visir.

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