The earliest stallion sons of Shamardal (by Giant's Causeway) with runners include Group 1 sire Lope De Vega and his 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, he covered 71 mares in his first season, and his first foals made up to €20,000 from just a handful offered.
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).
He should be capable of getting some two-year-old winners, even though he was not precocious, and his racing and pedigree profile suggest that, depending on the contribution from the mares, his best results may come in the broad six to 12-furlong range, with three-year-olds and older horses.
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.
bf - Arkova (by Zamindar) BBAG Sept withdrawn
bf - Arkova (by Zamindar) BBAG Oct €9,500
bf - Calima Mon Amour (by Shirocco) Arqana Oct not sold
chc - Caphira (by Singspiel) Osarus Sept €5,000
bf - Chiaravalle (by Rock Of Gibraltar) Arqana Oct not sold
bc - Fedora (by Cape Cross) Osarus Sept €17,000
bf - Giraldina (by Xaar) Arqana Oct €5,000 (p/s)
bc - Mahyara (by Lomitas) Osarus Sept €14,000
bc - Marisa Merz (by Lend A Hand) Arqana Feb €6,000
bc - Marisa Merz (by Lend A Hand) Osarus Sept €12,000
bc - Mon Zamin (by Zamindar) BBAG Sept not sold
bf - Mystic Smile (by Danehill Dancer) Osarus Sept not sold
bf - Mystic Smile (by Danehill Dancer) BBAG Oct withdrawn
bf - New Style (by Tertullian) Osarus Sept not sold
bf - No Charge (by Lawman) Tattersalls Oct 1,500gns
bc - Pepperose (by Big Shuffle) BBAG Sept not sold
bc - Sakkara Star (by Mozart) Arqana Oct €45,000
bc - Waajida (by Dubawi) BBAG Sept not sold
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 he earned a Timeform rating of 109p. The same organisation 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, he covered 118 mares in his first season and his first foals made up to 120,000gns.
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), a 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.
chc - Adja (by Rock Of Gibraltar) Arqana Oct withdrawn
bf - Badweia (by Kingmambo) Goffs Oct withdrawn
chc - Beach Candy (by Footstepsinthesand Goffs Oct €3,500
chc - Blue Mistral (by Spinning World) Tattersalls IRE Sept €24,000
bc - Bombalarina (by Barathea) Tattersalls Oct 11,000gns
bf - Cefira (by Distant View) Tattersalls Oct 3,000gns
bc - Chalet Girl (by Oasis Dream) Goffs UK Aug not sold
bf - Classical Dancer (by Dr Fong) Tattersalls Oct 13,000gns
bc - Comma (by Kingmambo) Goffs Sept not sold
bc - Danehill Destiny (by Danehill Dancer) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bc - Danehill Destiny (by Danehill Dancer) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn
grf - Deire Na Sli (by Aussie Rules) Tattersalls Oct 20,000gns
chc - Divine Power (by Kyllachy) Goffs UK Aug £17,000
bc - Eolith (by Pastoral Pursuits) Tattersalls Oct 4,500gns
bf - Euro Empire (by Bartok) Goffs Sept €80,000
chf - Excellerator (by Exceed And Excel) Goffs UK Aug £16,000
bf - Green Poppy (by Green Desert) Tattersalls Oct 2,000gns
chc - Hoh Chi Min (by Efisio) Goffs UK Aug £30,000
bc - Illandrane (by Cape Cross) Tattersalls Oct not sold
chc - Invitee (by Medicean) Arqana Oct €20,000
bc - Kayd Kodaun (by Traditionally) Tattersalls Oct 38,000gns
bf - Labrisa (by High Chaparral) Goffs UK Aug £70,000
bc - Lady Catherine (by Bering) Tattersalls Oct 37,000gns
chc - Lady Tabitha (by Tamayuz) Tattersalls Oct 50,000gns
bf - Levanto (by Lawman) Tattersalls Oct 40,000gns
bc - Mancunian Way (by Green Desert) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bc - Mountain Leap (by Sadler's Wells) Goffs Feb €10,500
bc - Nictate (by Teofilo) Goffs Sept €40,000
bc - Night Owl (by Night Shift) Goffs Feb not sold
bc - Night Owl (by Night Shift) Goffs Oct €2,000
chf - Out Of Thanks (by Sadler's Wells) Arqana Aug €20,000
chc - Pasithea (by Celtic Swing) Tattersalls Oct not sold
brf - Patuca (by Teofilo) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bc- Perfect Story (by Desert Story) Tattersalls Oct
chf - Pink Stone (by Bigstone) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bc - Pretty Girl (by Polish Precedent) Tattersalls IRE Sept €11,000
bc - Quite Elusive (by Elusive Quality) Tattersalls IRE Sept €14,000
bf - Rocksilla (by Rock of Gibraltar) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bf - Rosa Midnight (by Lemon Drop Kid) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bc - Royal Assent (by Royal Applause) Goffs Oct withdrawn
bc - Royal Whisper (by Royal Applause) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bc - Royal Whisper (by Royal Applause) Tattersalls Nov 40,000gns
bf - Shadow Dancing (by Unfuwain) Tattersalls Oct 75,000gns
bc - Shawhill (by Dr Fong) Goffs Sept €30,000
chf - Shena's Dream (by Oasis Dream) Goffs Sept €5,500
chc - Showerproof (by Peintre Celebre) Tattersalls Oct not sold
ch/grc - Si Belle (by Dalakhani) Tattersalls Oct 14,000gns
bc - Skyrider (by Dalakhani) Tattersalls Oct 90,000gns
bf - Songseeker (by Oasis Dream) Tattersalls Oct 11,000gns
bf - Subsequently (by Dalakhani) Tattersalls Oct 26,000gns
bc - Suelita (by Dutch Art) Tattersalls Oct 52,000gns
bc - Sunday Rose (by Red Ransom) Arqana Oct not sold
bc - Sweet Lemon (by Oratorio) Tattersalls Oct 4,000gns
chf - Today's The Day (by Alhaarth) Tattersalls Oct 2,000gns
bc - Violet (by Mukaddamah) Tattersalls Oct 85,000gns
chf - Whatizzit (by Galileo) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bf - Whirly Dancer (by Danehill Dancer) Goffs UK Aug £200,000
chc - Winter Dress (by Haafhd) Goffs UK Aug £20,000
chf - Wish You Luck (by Dubai Destination) Goffs UK Aug £15,000
bc - Wolumla (by Royal Applause) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bc - Wolumla (by Royal Applause) Tattersalls Nov 8,000gns
bf - Wulfrida (by King's Best) Goffs Feb €1,200
bc - Zariziyna (by Dalakhani) Arqana Feb €16,000
bc - Zariziyna (by Dalakhani) Tattersalls IRE Sept €12,500
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