Mekhtaal to Stand at Haras de Bouquetot

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Mekhtaal | Scoop Dyga

Al Shaqab Racing's G1SW Mekhtaal (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}–Aiglonne, by Silver Hawk) will stand at Haras de Bouquetot in France next year. A winner of the G1 Prix d'Ispahan in 2017 and the G2 Prix Hocquart the year prior for early trainer Jean-Claude Rouget, the 5-year-old was runner-up in both the GII Nijinsky S. and GI Northern Dancer Turf S. at Woodbine this year for new trainer Graham Motion. Also placed in the 2017 Prix d'Harcourt and 2016 G3 Prix du Prince Orange, Mekhtaal's record stands at 13-3-5-0 and earnings of $448,444.

Bred by Haras du Mezeray and Skymarc Farm, the €300,000 Arqana August yearling is a half-brother to American MGSW and French black-type winner Aigue Marine (GB) (Galileo {Ire}), G2 Prix Hocquart hero Democrate (GB) (Dalakhani {Ire}), MSP Crosswind (Ire) (Cape Cross {Ire}) and the SP Apophis (Ire) (Rainbow Quest). Out of French Group 3 heroine Aiglonne who also was Grade II placed Stateside, the chestnut's stakes-winning second dam Majestic Role (Fr) (Theatrical {Ire}) was second in the G1 Prix de la Salamandre. Group 1 winners Germance (Silver Hawk), White Muzzle (GB) (Dancing Brave) and Almutawakel (GB) (Machiavellian) also nestle under the winning third dam Autocratic (Ire) (Tyrant). A fee will be announced later.

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