New boy Muhaarar a very popular choice

Muhaarar: covered his first book of 129 mares earlier this year

PICTURE: RP GRAPHICS New boy Muhaarar a very popular choice
By James Thomas 3:23PM 15 OCT 2016

IT IS 12 months to the day that Muhaarar won the Qipco British Champions Sprint by two lengths from Twilight Son.

The four-year-old finished down the field on Saturday afternoon and his dam, Twilight Mistress, is one of 11 producers of Group/Grade 1 winners believed to be in-foal to Muhaarar, a son of Oasis Dream.

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More than 80 per cent of Muhaarar's first book of 129 mares was made up of stakes winners and producers of stakes winners, with 19 mares being either Group/Grade 1 or Classic winners themselves or the producers of Group/Grade 1 winners.

Five of the runners in the July Cup had dams in foal to Muhaarar and, of the 14 runners in the 2016 running of the Champions Sprint, four have dams in foal to the Nunnery Stud resident – Mathuna, the dam of Donjuan Triumphant; Persario, dam of The Tin Man; Sun Bittern, dam of Signs Of Blessing; and Twilight Mistress, dam of Twilight Son.

Shadwell Estates stud director Richard Lancaster said: "We worked hard to ensure Muhaarar's first book of mares was comparable to his considerable talents on the racecourse.

"He's been very popular and professional as a stallion and has let down into an extremely good-looking, strong and well-proportioned young stallion. His impressive physicality coupled with the fact no colt this year has replicated his sprinting success of 2015 means he will again be very popular with breeders.

"In fact, we've already had a considerable number of applications for his 2017 season.

"Our selection process for Muhaarar will work the same as last year with applications closing on Friday, December 2."

Other noteworthy performers or producers contained within Muhaarar's first book include five-time top-level scorer Alexander Goldrun, dual Group 1 winner Izzi Top – whose first foal, Dreamfield, was an impressive debut winner this month – and Prudenzia, the dam of Irish Oaks winner Chicquita and four successive seven-figure yearlings at the Arqana August Sale.

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