SHEIKH Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai enjoyed a sesasonal highlight when his three-year-old sprinter Muhaarar won the Gr1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot on Friday. Locally, however, a smart win by his two-year-old colt Muwaary (AUS), wouldn’t have gone unnoticed.
Muwaary, classic potential.
Muwaary (Anthony Delpech) romped home by four lengths in a Juvenile Plate over 1300m on turf at Greyville – his second win from three starts – and whilst still showing signs of inexperience he has all the makings of a serious racehorse.
“Muwaary is a special horse, we’re preparing him for the Gr1 Golden Horseshoe over 1400m on July Day,” enthused Mike de Kock on Saturday, adding: “He’s bred for a mile and further, but he actually hit the front in a Gr1 sprint at Scottsville last month before just being outpaced into fourth. He’s all class.”
Muwaary, raised by JE Abrhams (NSW) and purchased at the Inglis Easter Sale, is a son of the recently deceased O’Reilly, a former multiple champion sire in New Zealand and Hong Kong whose illustrious stud career shows 80 stakes winners including 16 individual Gr1 winners – chances are Muwaary could add to that!
The stable’s other top Dubai patron, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, would have been delighted with another win by his filly Ahlaam, a daughter of Asiatic Boy. She won another mile contest over 1600m on sand at the Vaal on Thursday under Johnny Geroudis, her fourth from 14 outings, and will win again.
Ahlaam loves the sand.