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Mawatheeq - Ascot - 27.09.2009

Mawatheeq: grandson of Sheikh Hamdan's star mare Height Of Fashion

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Mawatheeq retired to stand at Nunnery Stud

LAST season's Champion Stakes runner-up Mawatheeq will begin his stallion career next year at his owner-breeder Hamdan Al Maktoum's Nunnery Stud in Norfolk.

He will stand there under the Shadwell banner alongside Aqlaam, Green Desert, Haafhd, Nayef and Sakhee. 

A five-year-old son of Danzig, Mawatheeq hails from one of Sheikh Hamdan's best families. Ghanaati, his half-sister by Giant's Causeway, won last year's 1,000 Guineas and Rumoush, his half-sisterby Rahy, won the Feilden Stakes in April and ran second in the Park Hill Stakes last time out.

The dam, Sarayir, is a Listed-winning half-sister to Nashwan, Nayef and Unfuwain out of blue hen Height Of Fashion.

Unraced at two due to an injury received as a yearling in America, Mawatheeq won two races at three and blossomed at four, when he beat Campanologist to land the Cumberland Lodge Stakes and then split Twice Over and Sariska when second in the Champion Stakes. He started once this year, when tenth in the Price of Wales's Stakes.

Sheikh Hamdan's racing manager Angus Gold said: "We were very hopeful that he was going to make up into a top-class older horse this year, but unfortunately a recurrence of his old injury put paid to that and Sheikh Hamdan has now taken the decision to retire him to stud.

"At his best, Mawatheeq was a very high-class horse indeed and that class, together with his outstanding looks and top-class international pedigree, will give him every chance to succeed in his new career at stud."

A stud fee will be announced at a later date. 




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