The earliest stallion sons of Shamardal (by Giant's Causeway) with runners include Lope De Vega and Casamento and their early success augurs well for the prospects of those in earlier stages of their second career. Haras de Saint Arnoult's Sommerabend is among them and he covered 71 mares in his first season.
The high-class miler was prolific, his blacktype wins featured the Group 2 Prix du Muguet at Saint-Cloud and the Group 2 Grosse Europa Meile at Munich, and Timeform rated him 120 at the age of seven.
His dam, Sommernacht (by Monsun), was runner-up in the Group 3 Premio Primi Passi over six furlongs at San Siro as a juvenile, but his siblings include the 11-furlong Group 3 scorer Sommertag (by Tiger Hill), 10-furlong listed race winner Sinnerman (by Tiger Hill), and the stakes-placed middle-distance filly Sommerflora (by Pivotal).
His grandam, Shona (by Windwurf), was a stakes winner in Germany and her descendants also include the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Berlin scorer Sirius (by Dashing Blade), whose best performance in 2016 was when runner-up to Ito in the Group 2 Gerling-Preis, also over 12 furlongs.
SOMMERABEND (GB) - b.2007 - Shamardal - Sommernacht, 12 wins inc Prix du Muguet (Gr2), Grosse Europa Meile (Gr2), Prix de la Porte Maillot (Gr3), Prix Edmond Blanc (Gr3), Prix Luthier (L), Prix Jacques de Bremond (L), Grand Prix Anjou-Bretagne (L), 2nd Prix du Palais-Royal (Gr3), Prix Perth (Gr3-twice), 3rd Prix Daniel Wildenstein (Gr2), Prix du Pin (Gr3-twice). Sire in France. First foals in 2016.
FOALS CATALOGUED (updated)
bf - Anasy (by Gone West) Arqana Dec not sold
bc - Calle A Venise (by Invincible Spirit) Arqana Dec €15,000
bc - Cruise Dancer (by Ishiguru) Arqana Dec not sold
bf - Estella (by Acatenango) Arqana Dec €20,000
bc - Fedora (by Cape Cross) Arqana Dec €6,000
Mukhadram began his career with a one and three-quarter length win in the Wood Ditton Maiden Stakes over a mile at Newmarket and went on to become one of the leading middle-distance horses in Europe.
He lost his unbeaten record when finishing fourth in the Group 3 Tercentenary Stakes at Ascot just two months after making that promising debut, his fifth and final start of the year saw him finish fifth to Bronze Angel in the Cambridgeshire, and Timeform rated him 109p. They rated him 126 at both four and five years of age.
He beat the tragically ill-fated Group 1 Irish Derby hero Trading Leather in the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown, also won the Group 2 York Stakes and Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes, chased home African Story in the Group 1 Dubai World Cup and Al Kazeem in the Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes, and he was also placed in both the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and in a second edition of the Eclipse.
Mukhadram stands at Nunnery Stud and he covered 118 mares in his first season. He is a son of leading international sire Shamardal (by Giant's Causeway), whose early stallion sons feature the Group 1 sire Lope De Vega, and he comes from the family of Volksraad (by Green Desert), multiple champion sire in New Zealand.
His unraced dam Magic Tree (by Timber Country) is a half-sister to Group 1 Gran Criterium scorer Kirklees (by Jade Robbery) and to Group 1 St Leger and Grade 1 Hong Kong Vase hero Mastery (by Sulamani), their half-sister Artisti (by Cape Cross) is the dam of the Group 1-placed dual pattern winner Magic Artist (by Iffraaj), and the next dam is the sprint ace Cherokee Rose.
The fastest representative of Timeform 140-rated superstar and classic sire Dancing Brave (by Lyphard), Cherokee Rose won the Group 1 Sprint Cup and Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest, she was runner-up in the Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp, and in addition to being the dam of the classic-placed pattern winner Bowman (by Irish River) and of Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint runner-up Ahtoug (by Byron), she has several daughters who made their name at stud.
Moyesii (by Diesis), grandam of Mukhadram, is one of them, obviously, but Hint of Spring (by Seeking The Gold) is the dam of the pattern -placed stakes winner Tulips (by Pivotal), and Cara Bella's (by Seeking The Gold) three Australian-born stakes winners include a Group 3 scorer.
The siblings also include Rose de France (by Diktat), and her Group 1-placed, Group 2-winning son Cable Bay (by Invincible Spirit) was one of the most popular new additions to the stallion ranks in 2016, covering 152 mares in his first season at Highclere Stud.
The aforementioned Volksraad, who was third in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes before going on to his string of sire championship titles and Group 1-winning offspring, was a half-brother to Cherokee Rose. The latter also has a full-sister of interest as she, Congress, is the grandam of the Grade 1 Cape Guineas winner and Grade 1 Cape Derby runner-up Noordhoek Flyer (by Pivotal), who is at stud in South Africa.
Mukhadram was a top-class racehorse, he is by the sire of Lope De Vega, and he comes from the family of multiple champion sire Volksraad, all of which gives him every chance of becoming a stallion of note.
There is no reason why he shouldn't be capable of getting two-year-old winners in the second half of the season, including some who could be blacktype horses, although it does seem likely that his best results will be with three-year-olds and older horses and from the time they race over a mile and upwards.
That said, if some of that sprinting speed in his family is there to be passed on and if it matches up with the right mares, there could even be a few Mukhadram sprinters from time to time.
MUKHADRAM (GB) – b.2009 – Shamardal – Magic Tree, 5 wins inc Coral-Eclipse Stakes (Gr1), York Stakes (Gr2), Brigadier Gerard Stakes (Gr3), 2nd Dubai World Cup (Gr1), Prince of Wales's Stakes (Gr1), 3rd King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Gr1), Coral-Eclipse Stakes (Gr1). Sire in England. First foals in 2016.
FOALS CATALOGUED (updated)
chc – Beach Candy (by Footstepsinthesand) Goffs Nov €3,000
chc – Blue Mistral (by Spinning World) Tattersalls Nov 20,000gms
bc – Burnt Fingers (by Kheleyf) Tattersalls Nov 48,000gns
bf – Cefira (by Distant View) Tattersalls Nov 4,000gns
bc – Chalet Girl (by Oasis Dream) Goffs Nov €38,000
bc – Comma (by Kingmambo) Tattersalls Nov 15,000gns
b/brf – Deire Na Sli (by Aussie Rules) Tattersalls Nov 22,000gns
bc – Eolith (by Pastoral Pursuits) Tattersalls Nov 22,000gns
bf – Euro Empire (by Bartok) Tattersalls Nov 15,000gns
chf – Excellerator (by Exceed And Excel) Goffs Nov not sold
chc – Hoh Chi Min (by Efisio) Tattersalls Nov 35,000gns
chf – Jakarta Jade (by Royal Abjar) Tattersalls Nov 4,000gns
bc – Kayd Kodaun (by Traditionally) Tattersalls Nov 52,000gns
bc – Lady Catherine (by Bering) Goffs Nov not sold
chc – Lady Tabitha (by Tamayuz) Tattersalls Nov 30,000gns
bc – Mancunian Way (by Green Desert) Tattersalls Nov 8,000gns
bc – Mountain Leap (by Sadler's Wells) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – My Inspiration (by Invincible Spirit) Tattersalls Nov 120,000gns
bc – Nictate (by Teofilo) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc – Night Owl (by Night Shift) Tattersalls Nov (p/s) 2,000gns
bf – Nutkin (by Act One) Tattersalls Nov 55,000gns
bc – Oulianovsk (by Peintre Celebre) Tattersalls Nov 52,000gns
chc – Pasithea (by Celtic Swing) Tattersalls Nov 30,000gns
chf – Pink Stone (by Bigstone) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bf – Pivotal Silence (by Vita Rosa) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc – Pretty Girl (by Polish Precedent) Tattersalls Nov 9,000gns
bc – Quiet Elusive (by Elusive Quality) Goffs Nov €3,500
bf – Rosa Midnight (by Lemon Drop Kid) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bc – Royal Assent (by Royal Applause) Tattersalls Nov 16,000gns
bc – Royal Whisper (by Royal Applause) Tattersalls Nov 47,000gns
bc – Shawhill (by Dr Fong) Goffs Nov €21,000
bf – Songseeker (by Oasis Dream) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc – Sweet Lemon (by Oratorio) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn
bf – Taaluf (by Nayef) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Violet (by Mukaddamah) Tattersalls Nov 55,000gns
bf – Whirly Dancer (by Danehill Dancer) Tattersalls Nov 31,000gns
chc – Winter Dress (by Haafhd) Tattersalls Nov 22,000gns
bc – Wolumla (by Royal Applause) Tattersalls Nov 35,000gns
bf – Wulfrida (by King's Best) Tattersalls IRE Nov withdrawn
bc – Zariziyna (by Dalakhani) Goffs Nov €16,000