Trainer: Chris Wall
Details: 3yo Brown Gelding
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MUSTAZEED is a stunning 3yo gelding by the Group One winner and Two Thousand Guineas runner up, Territories, one of the Top Ten first season sires of 2020, and who looks set for a terrific career at stud. Mustazeed is out of the impeccably bred Mejala who is a half sister to no less than FIVE pattern race performers, and comes from the well established Shadwell family that has produced Group One winners Bahhare and Bahri among many other top class performers. His pedigree is, indeed, excellent.
Here’s what trainer, Chris Wall, had to say about him back in November…
Mustazeed was a late April foal and, as a result, quite green and backward as a two year old. As a result, he has been brought along steadily and has now had the obligatory three starts to qualify him for what we hope will be a lenient handicap mark. Formerly trained by Simon & Ed Crisford prior to being part of a large draft of horses in training sent to the sales, in October 2020, by Shadwell Stud. He was previously owned by former Champion owner and member of the ruling family of Dubai, the late, HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.
Having purchased him and placed him with stalwart Newmarket trainer, Chris Wall, his second start was for us, as a continuation of his education, prior to a Winter break. Always our prime target at the sale, Mustazeed is a three parts brother to a black-type (pattern race) performer in Mutaaqeb and is also a half brother to a six time winner, Naralsaif. We were alerted to this horse’s great potential well before the sale, indeed, well before he made his racecourse debut in a hot maiden in October. He has a lovely, laid back temperament and, now gelded, he has matured over the Winter and strengthened up nicely.
Patience really is a virtue with young horses and we feel that the time we have afforded him over the Winter will be repaid in spades.
Given this time to strengthen up, Mustazeed had his third run in mid-April in another hot race, this time at Kempton and acquitted himself well. He will come on for that race markedly and we are pleased to have provided him with the perfect platform from which to launch the rest of his career. He is undoubtedly the sort to improve with more racing and this highly attractive 3yo looks sure to provide us with some real excitement in 2021. He could be anything!
He made his first start for Simon & Ed Crisford in a 1m 141y maiden at Wolverhampton only ten days before the sales by his owner HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum as part of his stud’s annual cull. Despite still being green and backward, Mustazeed nevertheless performed with credit, travelling well in fairly exalted company that represented a who’s who of the world’s foremost stallions highlighting clearly just how lucky we are to have acquired him. The race was won by a well backed, 70,000 guineas Qatar Bloodstock colt, Noman, trained by Hugo Palmer who made the most of his previous experience, beating off some genuine blue bloods including Godolphin’s Folk Magic (a 1.1 million guineas, Dubawi colt), and, from John Gosden’s yard, Zagato (a 725,000gns son of Frankel), while another Godolphin colt, Castlebar (a 460,000gns son of Invincible Spirit) was a just a couple of places ahead of Mustazeed.
A late foal, considering this race came a little too soon for our son of Territories, he showed good speed, travelling well in fifth before ‘blowing up’ as a lack of peak fitness and, indeed, know-how began to tell and he was eased close to home when it became apparent to his jockey he was nowhere near ready to show his best. It is our understanding that the Sheikh’s Stud required the horse to run before the sale as part of their usual modus operandi but the son of Territories was not really ready for this run and had a rushed preparation. Aware of this information, we purchased a horse that has immense potential and is expected to make up into a smashing 3yo. A really handsome looking sort, he was sent into training with Chris Wall, a shrewd operator who is extremely adept at plotting a winning course and a plan of action was immediately embarked upon.
In discussion with Chris, a master plan was devised and it was decided it would be beneficial to give the horse one further run before a Winter break and he went to Wolverhampton on 22nd November to take his place in another very warm contest that, once again attracted some impressive pedigrees. On this occasion there were more very expensive purchases such as Monbaher (a 360,000gns son of Muharaar) from the John Gosden academy while there were a further two sons of Dubawi and one each by supreme champion Frankel, Derby and Arc de Triomphe winner, Golden Horn and Two Thousand Guineas winner, Gleneagles, once again representing top stables such as Roger Charlton, Godolphin, Michael Bell, Mark Johnston and Marco Botti. It is to the eternal credit of our son of Territories, that he has not looked out of place in either event, finishing ninth in the first event and sixth in the latter. Indeed, he ran with great credit on both starts, travelling comfortably on each occasion but still a little green when push came to shove.
Mustazeed came out of that race in great heart, handling the whole process in his usual laid back manner and, with a Winter holiday to come, it was agreed that it would be a perfect time to perform the gelding operation. This generally has the effect of helping horses thicken out and strengthen up and we are now seeing the benefit!
Chris prepared him for his first start of the new season and decided upon Kempton Park as the venue in a 7f novice event. Once again, he met a field full of blue blooded types, a couple of which had cost up to a half million pounds at the sales, from some of the top yards in the country, including. Sir Michael Stoute, John and Thady Gosden, Charlie Hills, Roger Charlton, Roger Varian, William Haggas, all classic winning trainers and, even one from Mustazeed’s former yard at Simon and Ed Crisfords. Once again, Mustazeed ran with credit. He wasn’t the quickest out of the gates and received a bump in the process, relegating him to the back of the field, where he was held up, travelling strongly until turning into the home straight. Here his jockey pulled him out and he made up a lot of late ground to finish eighth to the Sir Michael Stoute trained, Ransom who marked himself down as a very useful winner. Beaten around ten lengths, we couldn’t have been happier with Mustazeed, especially as this run qualified him for a new handicap mark. We are awaiting news of that mark from the BHA but are pleased that we can now plan the rest of his campaign with some certainty.
Trainer – Chris Wall
As indicated, we are very pleased to have placed Mustazeed with well established Newmarket stalwart, Chris Wall, the multiple Group One winning, Fordham Road trainer. Chris has plenty of experience with such types and has been successful at the very highest level showing a consistent degree of success, year on year.
Chris has been training in Newmarket since 1992 having spent several years with, first, Barry Hills in Lambourn where he shared digs with Peter Chapple-Hyam before moving on to an assistants role at Luca Cumani’s Derby winning yard and, then, onto a similar position with Sir Mark Prescott so he really has a first class pedigree, himself, gleaning plenty from each of those Classic winning trainers and, together with his wife Carole, they have built a successful yard that has tasted Group One success on many occasions including both on the continent and, indeed, in the USA.
Chris very much likes Mustazeed and is confident he will be able to help the 3yo fulfil his undoubted potential. Indeed, plans are well underway for the 2021 flat season and we are confident that, together with Chris, we can execute a shrewd and well managed campaign designed to MAXIMISE his owners and members enjoyment and reward!