At Chantilly in France, 4YO entire Mekhtaal (Sea the Stars-Aiglonne, by Silver Hawk) finally broke through for an elite success at his third attempt when landing the Gr1 Prix d’lspahan (9 furlongs), defeating Robin of Navan & Usherette. Trained by Jean-Claude Rouget on behalf of Al Shaqab Racing, Mekhtaal improved his record to 3 wins (including the Gr2 Prix Hocquart) and 3 placings from 8 starts for €185,700 earnings.
Champion UK filly Taghrooda, winner of the Epsom Oaks and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, is one of the high-profile mares set to visit Muhaarar in his second season at owner-breeder Hamdan Al Maktoum's Nunnery Stud in Norfolk this year, reports Racing Post. The Al Maktoum-owned Taghrooda (Sea The Stars-Ezima, by Sadler's Wells), who became the first filly to win the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes since Pawneese in 1976, signed off on her brief but brilliant career when finishing third behind Treve in the 2014 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. The beautifully bred Taghrooda hails from the same female family as The Queen's Ascot Gold Cup winner Estimate, as well as Irish Oaks winner Ebadiyla, and Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Edabiya. If that isn't impressive enough, all of the aforementioned mares descend from one of the most influential broodmares in history, namely Frizette, ancestress of the legendary stallions Mr Prospector & Seattle Slew. Other blue blooded mares who are also set to visit the champion sprinter are Tarfah, the dam of triple Classic winner Camelot, as well as the dams of Gr1 winners Tamayuz, Toormore, Robin Of Navan, Red Cadeaux, Planteur and Maarek. Muhaarar confirmed his status as one of the best European sprinters of the modern era when claiming four successive Gr1 victories in 2015. He also became the first British trained horse since Dayjur in 1990 to win three Gr1 sprints in a season.
At Saint-Cloud in France overnight, 2YO French-bred colt Robin Of Navan (American Post-Cloghran, by Muhtathir) claimed the biggest win of his career when scoring by 2.5-lengths for trainer Harry Dunlop in the €250,000 Gr1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud (10 furlongs) for 2YO c&g, over fellow 2YO colt Cloth Of Stars (Sea the Stars-Strawberry Fledge, by Kingmambo) & 2YO filly Notte Bianca (Kendargent-Biancarosa, by Dalakhani). Robin Of Navan took his record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Prix de Conde) and 1 placing from 6 starts.