"ONE OF THE BEST RACEHORSES EVER TO ENTER STUD IN SWEDEN" - BILL OPPENHEIM.
BILL OPPENHEIM ON MUSTAJEEB
Bill Oppenheim is an analyst, consultant and journalist, specializing in sire and market analysis.
He retired as a Group 2 winner at six furlongs, a dual Group 3 winner at seven furlongs, including at Royal Ascot, and was Classic-placed at a mile when third to Kingman in the G1 Irish 2000 Guineas. It was an impressive resume.
However, there was one hitch: Shadwell already stood a very successful close relative to Mustajeeb, Tamayuz, at the Sheikh’s Derrinstown Stud in Ireland.
Tamayuz, who was from Nayef’s first crop, was the best 3-year-old miler in France in 2008 and was well on his way to becoming a successful sire.
His dam, the Nureyev mare Al Ishq, was a half-sister to G1 French Derby winner Anabaa Blue, out of Allez Les Trois, a G3-winning half-sister by Riverman to none other than Urban Sea.
What a page, and Mustajeeb shares it, too; we would say he really is ‘very closely related’ to Tamayuz. He is by Nayef, same sire as Tamayuz; his dam is by Elusive Quality, and his second dam, Anja, by Indian Ridge, is a half-sister to Al Ishq, dam of Tamayuz.
If it sounds complicated to follow, here’s the simple version: they are both high-class sprinters and/or milers by Nayef from the family of Urban Sea.
It’s a massive pedigree, and it does seem very significant that these are the only fast sire sons of Nayef, and they are so closely related.
Shadwell thus stood Mustajeeb in 2016 in England, at Overbury Stud, from which he has a crop of 20 foals, 2-year-olds on 2019, and which already includes the dual winner Bill Neigh.
He covered a few mares at Overbury the next year, then Shadwell decided to send him to South Africa to replace a very successful sire of theirs who had stood out there but died, Kahal.
However it emerged late in the process that Mustajeeb’s vaccination history would prevent his export to South Africa. He ended up covering no mares in 2018 while this was all going on, and just a few this year (2019) in Northern France.
"Often success in the horse business is having the right horse in the
right place, and in that respect I am sure Mustajeeb is a great fit for Ravdansen and Sweden". - Bill Oppenheim.
Mustajeeb winning the Group Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot. Photo: Shadwell.
RICHARD LANCASTER ON MUSTAJEEB
Richard Lancaster is Director at Shadwell Stud, breeder and previous owner of Mustajeeb.
“Mustajeeb was a very talented racehorse, with an outstanding pedigree. He is a three time group winner who was placed 3rd to Kingman in the Irish 2000 Guineas".
"He is the fastest horse in the Galileo family, and a very impressive record-breaking Royal Ascot winner".
"I have no doubt that the Scandinavian breeders will be attracted to his pedigree and good looks.”
The best 6-7f horse 2014/2015 after only Muhaarar and Slade Power