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Retirement Beckons For Muhaarar
Connections have revealed that dual Gr1-winning sprinter Muhaarar (Oasis Dream-Tahrir, by Linamix) is likely to be retired at the end of his 3YO season. The Oasis Dream colt claimed the first of his top-flight victories when scoring a brilliant win in the inaugural Commonwealth Cup (1200m) at Royal Ascot in June, before emulating his sire with a last stride victory in the July Stakes (1200m) at Newmarket earlier this month. Angus Gold, racing manager for Muhaarar's owner-breeder Hamdan Al Maktoum, told Racing UK: "He's very important to the breeding operation. Sheikh Hamdan is mad about his breeding and we've been looking for a horse like this for a very long time - a well-bred, good-looking horse with speed." He added: "He's won two Group 1s as a three-year-old and a Group race as a two-year-old – he's exactly what we need at the stud." Muhaarar is expected to make his next appearance in the Gr1 Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on 9 August. "If I was a betting man I would say he'll probably be at stud [in 2016], but let's see what happens for the rest of the year. It's obviously Sheikh Hamdan's decision," Gold said.