Moohaarib impresses at Doncaster

28 June 2014

MOOHAARIB looked an exciting prospect when winning a mile handicap at Doncaster on Friday afternoon.

The Marco Botti-trained colt was bred by Watership Down and Kiltinan Castle Stud. He is by Oasis Dream out of Evita, who is a half-sister to star middle distance performers Rewilding, Dar Re Mi, Darazari and Diaghilev.

He was purchased as a two-year-old at the Tattersalls breeze-up sales for 230,000gns.

A winner of a Ripon maiden last time out, Moohaarib was stepping up in grade in a handicap full of progressive three-year-olds.

He travelled supremely well throughout under Martin Harley before making his challenge with two furlongs to run.

The runner-up Championship didn’t go down without a fight but Moohaarib was well on top at the finish, winning by three-quarters of a length.

An impressed Harley said: “It wasn't a strong maiden he won at Ripon but we'd always liked him at home.”

“The drop back in trip has obviously helped him and he travelled really well all the way.”

“He showed a nice turn of foot at Ripon and again today.”

The Fugue is brilliant in Prince of Wales triumph

18 June 2014

LORD and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s star mare The Fugue put up the best performance of her illustrious career to win the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot this afternoon.

The daughter of Dansili beat a field that included champion Treve, Breeders’ Cup turf and Irish 2000 Guineas Magician, Dubai World Cup second Mukhadram and Dank, a dual Group 1 winner.

Mukhadram’s pacemaker Elkaayed ensured that there was a strong gallop and jockey William Buick settled The Fugue in a good rhythm in behind.

Joseph O’Brien aboard Magician was the first one to make his move but one glance to the right saw William motionless on The Fugue, who was full of running.

When William said ‘go’ The Fugue showed a devastating turn of foot to hit the front before surging clear to win comfortably by a length and three quarters.

Trainer John Gosden said: “This is great and the interesting thing about this race was that it was all about girl power, with Treve and this filly.”

“It didn't work, the trip to Dubai (for the Dubai Duty Free). We trained her in the winter and she was like a little bud that went tight, but now she's flowered and she looks great.”

“She got knocked over in the Oaks (two years ago), she got absolutely creamed and should have won, but she remains a very brave, lovely filly.”

“You look at races like the Eclipse and the Juddmonte International and hope we have summer weather. She has little feet like a ballerina and doesn't like soft ground, so if it's soft we don't run.”

William added: “She's been an absolute star for me and everybody back at the yard. She proved today what she can do against top-class horses.”

“When she gets an uncomplicated run like she did today and they come back to her, she's lethal, like she was there. It means everything to everyone involved.”

Lady Lloyd-Webber said: “We're so excited and she so deserves this. It hasn't gone her way sometimes and this is a very big stage to do it on. She's got her recognition as one of the best horses in Europe.”

The Fugue given Royal Ascot go-ahead

16 June 2014

THE FUGUE has been given the green light to contest the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Ascot on Wednesday.

Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s mare was last seen running below-par in the Dubai Duty Free on World Cup Night at Meydan but connections are optimistic that she can bounce back.

The John Gosden-trained filly is a three-time Group 1 winner, including when beating the colts in last September’s Irish Champion Stakes.

Following that Leopardstown success she finished second in both the Breeders’ Cup Turf and the Hong Kong Vase.

Gosden confirmed: “The plan is to go to Royal Ascot with The Fugue. She appears in good form and we are happy to run her again in the Prince of Wales's Stakes in which she was third last year.”

Encouraging debut by Sulaalaat

11 June 2014

SULAALAAT made a very encouraging debut when second at Lingfield on Monday.

The daughter of New Approach was bred by Watership Down and Kiltinan Castle Stud and sold for 180,000gns at Tattersalls Book 1 to Shadwell Estates.

Carrying Sheikh Hamdan’s famous colours for trainer Brian Meehan, she raced down the center of the track showing greenness under Paul Hanagan.

The penny dropped and Sulaalaat ran on strongly only to be denied by Pack Together by half a length.

Sulaalaat’s dam, Danehill Dreamer, is an unraced half-sister to Group 1 winners Summoner and Compton Admiral and also Twyla Tharp, dam of The Fugue.

The Racing Post analysis read: "Sulaalaat ran a blinder and must surely be capable of going one better before too long. Forced to race wide on the course throughout, she stayed on powerfully close home and appeared to beat the remainder convincingly."

Moohaarib lands Ripon prize

05 June 2014

MOOHAARIB confirmed the promise of his two previous starts to run out a ready winner of a mile maiden at Ripon on Tuesday evening (June 3).

The son of Oasis Dream was bred by Watership Down and Kiltinan Castle Stud. He comes from one of the stud’s most successful families.

His dam, Evita by Selkirk, is out of foundation mare Darara. Darara is renown as one of the best mares of recent times, having produced four individual Group 1 winners including Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s champion Dar Re Mi and the dual-Group 1 hero Rewilding.

Trained by Marco Botti for owner Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Moohaarib was third on debut at Nottingham in April before running to a similar level when sixth in a competitive maiden at Newbury in May.

He was short-priced favourite yesterday’s mile contest and he travelled throughout the race like the best horse in the race.

Jockey Luke Morris kicked for home with two furlongs to run and he was soon in command, winning by nearly three lengths.

Jupiter causes a ‘Storm’ at Windsor

03 June 2014

THE admirable Jupiter Storm ran out an impressive winner of the mile and a half handicap at Windsor Monday evening.

The five-year-old by champion sire Galileo was bred in partnership by Breeding Capital, Bill Farish, Watership Down and Kiltinan Castle Studs. He was sold to trainer Gary Moore for 55,000gns at Tattersalls December Yearling sale in 2010.

He has proved a shrewd purchase for Moore, with last night’s victory being the fourth of his career.

He made every yard of the running under George Baker, galloping his rivals into the ground to win by eight lengths.

Jupiter Storm won the same race by the exact same winning margin twelve months ago.

Moore said: “I will have to get him in again quickly after that. He likes this track, the turns keep him interested, and I´d love to take him to Chester as he goes round bends so well.”

George Baker added: “On his day, when he can dictate, he is useful in this 0-80 bracket. He has galloped them into the ground today.”