Mustashry caps magic May for Shadwell runners

Posted on: 28th May 2019

Mustashry: homebred son of Tamayuz wins the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes

The ultra-consistent MUSTASHY provided Shadwell with a first winner of the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on the third Saturday in May when displaying a fine turn of foot to beat top-class filly Laurens.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained six-year-old became a fourth individual top-flight winner for Derrinstown Stud’s flagship sire TAMAYUZ, following Blond Me, G Force and Precieuse.

MUSTASHRY was bred by Shadwell out of the winning GREEN DESERT mare SAFWA, whose other offspring include the talented MUNAASER.

The Charlie Hills-trained KHAADEM got the ball rolling at Newbury when running out a cosy winner of the Listed Carnavon Stakes over 6f. Defeated only once in four starts, the exciting three-year-old son of Dark Angel could head for the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Ascot, a race won in 2018 by the Shadwell-owned and –bred EQTIDAAR, who had finished fourth in the Carnavon Stakes before striking at the Berkshire venue.

KHAADEM’S trainer Hills already has the Commonwealth Cup on his CV courtesy of Shadwell’s exciting young sire MUHAARAR, who landed the inaugural running of the race in 2015.

JASH capped a fine day for Shadwell when completing an across the card treble with a determined win in the Listed King Charles II Stakes over 7f at Newmarket.

The Kodiac colt, who was last seen finishing second to Ten Sovereigns in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes, is another who could be on the team sheet for Royal Ascot and he has several options including the Commonwealth Cup, Jersey Stakes and St James’s Palace Stakes.

Another destined for the Royal meeting is BATTAASH, who emphatically brushed aside his rivals in the Group 2 Temple Stakes at Haydock on Saturday. The super-fast son of Dark Angel will bid to go one better in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes, a race in which he is likely to come up against last year’s winner Blue Point.

The Mark Johnston-trained ELARQAM could also join the Shadwell raiding party to Royal Ascot, after running out an easy winner of the Listed Festival Stakes at Goodwood on Saturday. The son of Frankel appeared to benefit for the step up to 1m2f and the way he powered through the line, a step up to 1m4f in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes looks a viable option.

There was also plenty for Shadwell to celebrate with its Southern Hemisphere-based horses this month. QAFILA, a filly by Not A Single Doubt, notched her first victory at the highest level when running out an easy winner of the South Australian Derby, while in South Africa HAWWAAM made it back-to-back Grade 1 wins when scoring in The Premier’s Champion Challenge at Turffontein by an impressive four lengths.

HAWWAAM, a son of Silvano, was subsequently named the Champion Three-Year-old, Champion Middle-Distance Horse and Horse of the Year at the RA Highveld Feature Season Awards, while Sheikh Hamdan scooped the Champion Owner award.

Earlier this month, MAQSAD enhanced her reputation with a stunning five-length win in the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket, a race also won by TAGHROODA before she went on to Classic glory at Epsom and MAQSAD will bid to complete the same double on Friday.

Although not devoid of speed, there is plenty in MAQSAD’S pedigree to suggest the 1m4f trip will be within her compass. She is by Siyouni, whose sire Pivotal, a Group 1-winning sprinter, is responsible for Oaks winner Sariska, while her dam was Listed-placed at 1m4f.

MADHMOON, who was doing his best work late when a fine fourth in the 2,000 Guineas at the start of this month, will also be heading to Epsom, where he is due to line up in the Derby for trainer Kevin Prendergast, who told the Racing Post last week: “MADHMOON is doing very well and we’re very happy with him. He’s very straightforward and genuine.”

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