Mendip: the Al Maktoum Challenge winner is by Harlan's HolidayPICTURE: Andrew Watkins / Dubai Racing Club
Meydan: Group 3 win for breeze-up buy Mendip
MENDIP indicated he could make hay at this year's Dubai International Racing Carnival by easily landing the major prize on day one of the festival, the Group 3 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 sponsored by Longines.
The four-year-old Harlan's Holiday colt easily held off late runners-on Imbongi (a South African-bred son of Russian Revival) and Win For Sure (a German-bred son of Stravinsky).
Mendip was bred by Richard Santulli's Jayeff B Stables in America. Jayeff B's other recent leading graduates include Graded Stakes winners Kiss The Kid, Jonesboro, Seeking The Dia, Warrior's Reward and Z Humor.
He was originally purchased by Mike Ryan for $130,000 at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale and made a profit when resold to chief Darley buyer John Ferguson for $375,000 at the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Calder selected two-year-olds in training sale.
Mendip, now a winner of four of his five starts, has certainly worked out better than another Jayeff B-bred horse purchased by Darley - $11.7 million yearling buy Meydan City, winner of two races but unplaced in his tries in stakes company.
Mendip is out of the placed mare Well Spring, a daughter of Coronado's Quest and Grade 1 Ballerina and Test Stakes winner Chaposa Springs. In turn, Chaposa Springs is a half-sister to Metropolitan Handicap winner You And I.
Harlan's Holiday's other greatest hits at stud include last year's impressive US Grade 1-winning sprinter Majesticperfection, CashCall Futurity winner Into Mischief and Kentucky Derby third Denis Of Cork. The stallion stands at WinStar Farm in Kentucky at a fee of $25,000.