Mehmas (Ire)

Mehmas's Knight A New Rising Star At Yarmouth

KHK Racing's stellar September continued on Sunday as the Simon and Ed Crisford-trained Knight (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}--Fidaaha {Ire}, by New Approach {Ire}) stormed to success at Yarmouth to become the latest of the TDN Rising Star juveniles of 2022. Always travelling strongly in second for Cameron Noble after a tardy break in this seven-furlong Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 "Newcomers" Maiden S., the 11-2 shot took command three out and was busy surging clear a furlong later. Chased by the €370,000 Arqana Deauville August graduate Irregular Warfare (Fr) (Saxon Warrior...

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Mehmas's Minzaal Electrifies The Sprint Cup

Haydock missed the rain on Friday night and Saturday and so the depleted line-up for the feature G1 Betfair Sprint Cup needed a stimulant. It got that and then some in the form of Minzaal (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}), who came to the fore in scintillating fashion to become yet another in a long line of star sprinters operating in the Shadwell livery. Looking ready for this career-defining moment when storming to success in Newbury's G3 Hackwood S. on a similarly fast surface over this six-furlong trip July 16, the 7-2...

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Group Winner Persian Force Aims For The Morny

Group 2 winner Persian Force (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}), who won the G2 July S. last month and was second to Little Big Bear (Ire) (No Nay Never) in the G1 Phoenix S. on Aug. 6, will contest the Aug. 21 G1 Prix Morny in Deauville, trainer Richard Hannon revealed on Sunday. "He came back in good shape and all being well we'll head to the Prix Morny," said Hannon. "He ran a good race in Ireland. I didn't think there was a 2-year-old that could beat him seven lengths, but...

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Kodiac Longshot Wins On Debut At The Spa

1st-Saratoga, $105,000, Msw, 7-22, 2yo, 5 1/2fT, 1:02.49, fm, head. APPRAISE (IRE) (c, 2, Kodiac {GB}--Champagne Or Water {Ire} {SW-Ire, $109,065}, by Captain Rio {GB}), given an unconvincing 11-1 chance for his first time to the races, came away in the front group despite mild contact with Inflation Nation (Ire) (Speightstown) at the break. Beat to the lead by both Clubhouse (Speightstown) and Alibi Ike (Munnings), he chased in third into the far turn before coming three wide past the quarter pole. He took over with a furlong to run...

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Mehmas's Minzaal Strikes In The Hackwood

Winless since the 2020 G2 Gimcrack S., Shadwell's Minzaal (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}) put it all together to return to the first spot in a competitive renewal of Newbury's G3 bet365 Hackwood S. on Saturday. Keen early for Jim Crowley tracking the leaders, the 4-1 co-favourite who was only 13th in Royal Ascot's G1 Platinum Jubilee S. last time June 18 stayed on strongly to gain the advantage inside the last 100 yards. Despite the attention of the 3-year-olds Go Bears Go (Ire) (Kodi Bear {Ire}) and Dubawi Legend (Ire) (Dubawi...

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Mehmas's Persian Force To The Fore At Newmarket

Amo Racing's €225,000 Goffs Orby yearling Persian Force (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}--Vida Amorosa {Ire}, by Lope De Vega {Ire}) ran second to 'TDN Rising Star' Bradsell (GB) (Tasleet {GB}) in Royal Ascot's G2 Coventry S. last month and, in the absence of late scratching Little Big Bear (Ire) (No Nay Never), justified odds-on favouritism to claim a first stakes success in Thursday's G2 Close Brothers July S. at Newmarket. He had previously debuted with a win in a stellar renewal of Doncaster's Mar. 26 Brocklesby S. and doubled up in a...

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Persian Force An 'Outstanding Chance' In The July S.

Persian Force (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}), runner-up in the G2 Coventry S. at Royal Ascot, is an 'outstanding chance' to following in his sire's hoofsteps to win the G2 July S. on July 7, according to trainer Richard Hannon. Owned by Amo Racing, the colt won his first two starts at Doncaster and Newbury in March and May, respectively. "Persian Force worked super on Tuesday and the July S. has always been the plan since he finished second in the Coventry S. at Royal Ascot," said Hannon. "It comes at the...

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The Antarctic Kicks Off Royal Ascot Trials Day

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Sunday's Observations features a full-brother to Battaash (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}). 1.45 Naas, Cond, €40,000, 2yo, 5fT THE ANTARCTIC (IRE) (Dark Angel {Ire}) is Ballydoyle's first runner on this Royal Ascot Trials Day card, tackling this Coolmore Stud Calyx Race having scored on debut at Tipperary last month. The...

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Persian Force Warms Up For Coventry Bid

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Saturday's Observations features Persian Force (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}).   2.05 Navan, Mdn, €16,000, 2yo, 5f 162yT BROADHURST (IRE) (No Nay Never) is the latest representative of Coolmore's red-hot sire to emerge from Ballydoyle, with the February-foaled bay having proved a €620,000 sensation at the Goffs Orby. The first foal...

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Malavath Camp Opts For English 1000 Guineas Over French Equivalent

After a pair of defections, one the high-profile Inspiral (GB) (Frankel {GB}), the G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday week is the confirmed next target for Group 2 winner Malavath (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}). Tweenhills Stud's David Redvers co-owns the filly under the Everest Racing banner and said, "She is on course for the 1000 Guineas, although it is a nervous week running up to it. If there was any doubt about running at Newmarket before, the Inspiral news would have dispelled it completely. "She won the Prix Imprudence,...

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Mehmas's Malavath To The Fore in the Imprudence

Everest Racing, Mme Barbara M Keller and David Redvers' G2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte victrix Malavath (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}), who ran second in Del Mar's GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf when last seen, stepped forward to dent a host of lofty reputations with victory in a stellar renewal of Thursday's G3 Prix Imprudence at Deauville. Tracking the leaders along the stands' side rail in fourth until angling outside for a clear run approaching the quarter-mile marker, the 37-10 second choice gained a narrow advantage entering the final furlong and was...

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Acklam Express Misses Al Quoz Cut

Stakes winner Acklam Express (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}), who is trained by Nigel Tinkler for MPS Racing and M B Spence, did not make the final field for the G1 Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan on Mar. 26. He ran third in the 2021 edition, and was most recently seventh in the G3 Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint on Super Saturday, Mar. 5. Tinkler is keeping the 4-year-old gelding's options open, and did not indicate a firm plan for Acklam Express's next start. "We're obviously disappointed, but on the other hand...

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