Thank you to Shadwell for sending these pictures of foals from the first crop of the operation's high-class two-year-old and champion sprinter Muhaarar.
"It is two years since Muhaarar struck in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury before embarking on a whirlwind three-year-old campaign, but his legacy lives on through his first crop of foals who have been impressing breeders across Europe.
"More than 80 per cent of Muhaarar's first book 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.
"Several of those foals have been born at Ballylinch Stud in County Kilkenny, including a colt out of the Listed-winning Shamardal mare Dusky Queen (pictured below), who was bought at the Tattersalls December Mare Sale last year for 370,000gns, and a strong colt out of the Kodiac mare Whatdoiwantthatfor, a 500,000gns purchase at Tattersalls last December, who was a Listed winner at two.
"John O’Connor, Ballylinch Stud Managing Director said: “Muhaarar is really stamping his stock. I’ve really liked what I’ve seen so far.
“The colt out of Dusky Queen is a very compact colt owned by the China Horse Club. He’s a very well made, correct colt, with a good outlook and a good step.
“The colt out of Whatdoiwantthatfor (pictured below) looks a real sprinter, very deep and powerful, with very good bone.”
"Owner-breeder Lady Bamford welcomed the first foal, a colt, out of her Group 2 Park Hill Stakes winner and Oaks-placed mare The Lark in February (pictured below).
“This is a seriously good foal by Muhaarar,” said Lady Bamford’s racing manager and bloodstock adviser Hugo Lascelles. “He has size, scope, strength and a quality head. He has extra action – this is a very good foal.”
"Muhaarar was a high-class juvenile, scoring in the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes, but he thrived at three, winning the Group 3 Greenham Stakes, before notching four victories at Group 1 level in the Commonwealth Cup, July Cup, Prix Maurice de Gheest and British Champions Sprint.
"Richard Lancaster, Shadwell Stud Director commented: 'We have been delighted with the first crop of foals by Muhaarar. I have visited a number of studs in recent weeks and there is no question he is stamping his stock. They are good-bodied, strong foals, but the common trait among all of them is athleticism. They all walk particularly well, which, in today’s commercially minded market, is hugely important.
'Muhaarar has been well supported again this year, with a number of breeders returning after seeing this year’s offspring, which is always a positive.'"