Mehmas heads for new career

Mehmas is "highly unlikely" to take up his entry in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday week before being retired to Tally-Ho Stud in Ireland.

Mehmas wins the Richmond Stakes earlier this season.

The remarkably consistent two-year-old is still with trainer Richard Hannon following his latest run at Newmarket last week, but it is very doubtful he will race again before he assumes stallion duties.

The son of Acclamation was third to The Last Lion in the Middle Park Stakes as he maintained his record of being in the first three in all his eight starts.

His four victories included a pair of Group Twos – the July and Richmond Stakes – as well as second place behind Guineas and Derby favourite Churchill in the National Stakes at the Curragh.

"Mehmas is likely to be finished now. There is one other option possibly, but at the moment I think the plan is to retire him," said Harry Herbert, racing manager to owners Al Shaqab Racing.

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"He's been a fantastic horse. He's been wonderfully consistent and has had a busy two-year-old campaign.

"He's highly unlikely to race again and he retires to Tally-Ho Stud."

Meanwhile, Herbert also had news of Hathal who will now head straight for the Qipco Queen Elizabeth II Stakes after connections ruled out a trip to France because of unsuitable ground conditions.

After side-stepping Newmarket's Joel Stakes last week, connections of the William Haggas-trained four-year-old turned their attentions to a possible tilt at the Prix Daniel Wildenstein at Chantilly on Saturday.

However, that plan was scrapped because of the likelihood of fast ground and Ascot on October 15 is the objective.

Hathal booked his ticket to Champions Day when making a triumphant return after a 12-month absence when successful on rain-softened ground at Haydock four weeks ago.

"He's going for the QEII," said Herbert. "There was talk of possibly running him again before Ascot, but William didn't want to run him on fast ground and it looks like being fast in France.

"William decided to hold fire and have him cherry ripe for the QEII. He'll go straight there."

Herbert added: "It was a terrific effort at Haydock and he is a very good horse.

"We haven't seen anything like the best of him yet, so we hope come QEII time that he gets his ground and he'll be a lively outsider.

"It's great to have a second string to the bow with Galileo Gold obviously the number one."

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