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Muhaarar’s Early Success for Shadwell


Muhaarar | Shadwell Stud

By Gary King

Muhaarar (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB})’s first foals made a favourable impression with some of the industry’s top judges over recent weeks. Hugo Lascelles, Shadwell Estate, Blandford Bloodstock, Capital Bloodstock, Tally-Ho Stud, New Park Stud, James Hanly, Cheveley Park Stud, Peter & Ross Doyle, and Camas Park Stud all signed on the dotted line. TDN‘s Gary King caught up with Richard Lancaster, Shadwell’s Stud Director, to get an insight into this early success.

GK: To say Muhaarar’s foals were in high demand at Goffs and Tattersalls would be an understatement. You must have been delighted with the market’s response?

RL: The team and I saw a large proportion of foals earlier in the year and were thrilled. They were all good looking, athletic walkers, everything the market looks for. We are delighted with how they’ve sold, but I’d have been disappointed if they hadn’t been popular on what we’d seen earlier in the year and during the run up to the sales.

GK: He seemed to be popular for both end users and pinhookers. Did the latter surprise you at all?

RL: The vibes surrounding the stock by Muhaarar at the foal sales was incredibly strong and I envision it being the same next year at the yearling sales. The demand for stock by first-season sires is phenomenally strong for some reason and shows little sign of waning, so pinhookers will have a hot commodity on their hands next year.

GK: Shadwell signed for one at Goffs (€340,000 colt {lot 575} out of Miss Beatrix {Ire}), and one at Tattersalls (280,000gns filly {lot 983} out of Maakrah {GB}). What attracted you to those two in particular?

RL: The Miss Beatrix colt was a standout. He had plenty of scope, but was also particularly athletic with a super walk. He was also beautifully bred, out of G1 Moyglare Stud S. winner Miss Beatrix. The filly was also a beauty, with a fantastic walk and great temperament–which Muhaarar appears to have passed on to the majority of his stock–and also had a super page, being out of a half-sister to Iffraaj (GB) from the family of Cape Cross (Ire).

GK: Shadwell boasts one of the most impressive broodmare bands in the world. Would you mind mentioning some of the mares you’ve sent to Muhaarar during his first two years at stud?

RL: Horses like Muhaarar do not come along very often and as a consequence, Shadwell have given him strong support during his first two years at stud and plan to do so again in 2018.

In year one, Eshaadeh (Storm Cat), the dam of Maqaasid (GB) (Green Desert), Rifqa (Elusive Quality), who is responsible for high-class performer Mustajeeb (GB) (Nayef), US Grade I winner Lear’s Princess (Lear Fan), South African Grade 1 winner Majmu (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}) and Group 3 scorer Thawaany (Ire) (Tamayuz {GB}) were covered, while in his second season, mares included Madany (Ire) (Acclamation {GB}), the dam of Massaat (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}), Riqa (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), dam of Group 3-winning 2-year-old Tantheem (GB) (Teofilo {Ire}), Tamayuz (GB) (Nayef)’s dam Al Ishq (Fr) (Nureyev) and Entisaar (Aus) (More Than Ready), who was a Grade 1-winning 2-year-old in South Africa.

He will be well supported again in 2018 when we will be sending Classic-winning fillies Ghanaati (Giant’s Causeway) and Taghrooda (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) as well as Shimah (Storm Cat), dam of talented sprinter Mushir (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}).

GK: It was announced last month that Muhaarar will stand for £30,000 again in 2018. Were you tempted to up his fee at all?

RL: No, from the beginning we said he’d stand his first three years at £30,000 and we were never going to deviate from that.

GK: He was obviously a brilliant racehorse, winning four Group 1 races. It’s unfair to compare, but did he remind you of Dayjur at all?

RL: It is incredibly hard to compare the two. Dayjur had phenomenal speed–he was a pure sprinter. Muhaarar had natural speed and although he excelled in the sprinting division, I am sure he could have been a champion miler. If Muhaarar reminds me of any horse it would be his grandsire Green Desert. He was all quality, as is Muhaarar, who is imparting that quality and good looks on to his offspring.

GK: And finally, I heard plenty of variations of his name in Kildare and Newmarket. What’s the best way to break it down?

RL: Mu-Haa-rar.

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