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Awzaan Middle Park Newmarket - 02.10.2009

Awzaan (second left): Middle Park victory capped a fine day for Shadwell

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Awzaan stars on Shadwell benefit day

SHADWELL stole the limelight on the second day of the Cambridgeshire meeting at Newmarket on Friday.

The racing and breeding operation sponsored the majority of the races on the card, and its owner Hamdan Al Maktoum saw his colours carried to victory in three events.

Furthermore, one Shadwell stallion pulled off a Group 3 double, another who stands under the Derrinstown Stud banner supplied theimpressive Middle Park Stakes winner, and another Derrinstown resident was on the scoresheet too.

Juvenile filly Tabassum started the purple patch for Shadwell when running out a decisive winner of the Group 3 Sakhee Oh So Sharp Stakes on only her second start.

Sheikh Hamdan Maktoum - Owner

Hamdan Al Maktoum: success

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained, Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned daughter of Nayef made smooth progress to take up the running three furlongs out, and she stretched clear of her rivals toscore by four lengths. Electric Feel, a daughter of first-season sire Firebreak, finished second.

Tabassum is the first foal out of Tomoohat, a winning Danzig sister to Grade 3 scorer Prussian from the immediate family of Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe runner-up Mubtaker.

Confront completed a racecard double for Nayef in the next race, the appropriately-titled Nayef Joel Stakes.

The four-year-old, a member of his sire's first crop, seems to have found improvement this season after being gelded at the end of last year, and he stayed on well today to hold off challenges from runner-up Rio De La Plata and third-placed ForgottenVoice.

Confront is owned by his breeders, Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms. He is the third foal out of the Danzig mare Contiguous, a half-sister to top-class pair Reams Of Verse and Elmaamul, as well as the dam of this year's Oaks runner-up and Nassau Stakes heroine Midday.

A multiple Group 1-winning son of Gulch and outstanding broodmare Height Of Fashion, Nayef stands at Shadwell's Nunnery Stud in Norfolk. His fee this year was £15,000.

Hamdan Al Maktoum was back in the winner's enclosure after the Shadwell Middle Park Stakes, which was won by his exciting colt Awzaan.

Awzaan, a son of Alhaarth and the Listed-winning Zafonic mare Nufoos, displayed a brilliant turn of foot to quicken one furlong from home, and he kept on to defeat ahigh-class field, with Norfolk Stakes winner Radiohead finishing second and Gimcrack Stakes hero Showcasing back in third.

Dewhurst Stakes scorer Alhaarth is a resident of Derrinstown Stud in Maynooth, County Kildare, where he stood at a fee of €8,000 this year.

Alainmaar made it a treble for Hamdan Al Maktoum as an owner when coming up trumps in the Standing For Success Handicap.The winner is a three-year-old Johar half-brother to Grade 1 hero Grand Couturier who cost €240,000 at the Arqana August yearling sale.

For good measure, Alhaarth's Derrinstown studmate Bahri, best known as the sire of Sakhee, supplied Dreamwalk, the winner of the Newmarket Challenge Whip.






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