juvenile winners

Big Books and Breaking Records

The setting of new sire records in the modern era tends more than not to be a direct consequence of ever-greater book sizes. But they must still be acknowledged as legitimate breeding benchmarks as they will inevitably feature some outstanding performances. Just look at Mehmas (Ire)'s tally of first-crop 2-year-old winners this term. Currently on 56 winners, he is already 17 clear of Iffraaj's old record and in normal circumstances we might be entitled to expect his record to stand for many years. It may well do, but his strike...

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Mehmas Ties Iffraaj at 38 First-Crop 2yo Winners
Mehmas Ties Iffraaj at 38 First-Crop 2yo Winners

Tally-Ho Stud resident Mehmas (Ire) (Acclamation {GB}-Lucina {GB}, by Machiavellian) equaled Iffraaj (GB) (Zafonic)'s number of first-crop 2-year-old winners on Sunday, with Power Under Me (Ire) bringing up his 38th individual winner. The gelding, bred by Barbel Reiss and a €28,000 Goffs November weanling, won on debut over six furlongs at Naas. Always prominently placed, the Vincent Gaul colourbearer asserted late to win by 2 1/4 lengths over Coulthard (Ire) (Coulsty {Ire}). Of Mehmas's 146 2-year-olds, 94 (64%) have started, and his winners to runners percentage stands at 26%. Clustered among...

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