Two of the things that we look for when assessing the future potential of any young stallion are the strength of his sire line and the presence or absence of any successful stallions in the distaff side of his family. Mustajeeb passes both tests and yet he has been somewhat unpopular so far.
He began his career at Overbury Stud in Gloucestershire, but covered just 34 mares in his first season, resulting in 20 foals, and he is to stand the 2019 season from a new base, Haras de Fleury in France.
This Timeform 121-rated horse is by the sire of classic sire Tamayuz (by Nayef), is closely related to that horse, represents a branch of the Mr Prospector (by Raise a Native) line, and comes from a branch of the famous sire-producing family of Galileo (by Sadler’s Wells), Sea The Stars (by Cape Cross), King’s Best (by Kingmambo), and Adlerflug (by In The Wings).
He chased home War Command in the Group 2 Futurity Stakes at the Curragh on the last of three starts at two – earning a Timeform rating of 110 – and kicked off his three-year-old campaign with defeat of Brendan Bracken in the one-mile Group 3 Amethyst Stakes at Leopardstown before taking third to Kingman in the Group 1 Irish 2000 Guineas.
The ground was heavy that day but good when he landed the Group 3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot a few weeks later. He then chased home half-length winner Bow Creek in the Group 2 Boomerang Stakes over a mile at Leopardstown, was beaten by less than five lengths when out of the frame behind Karakontie in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita, and then made a winning return at four to beat Maarek in the Group 2 Greenlands Stakes over six at the Curragh.
His final start was a somewhat disappointing fifth to Undrafted in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot a month later, and his Timeform mark that season was 119.
Mustajeeb is the best of several foals out of Rifqah (by Elusive Quality) and that half-sister to ill-fated Group 3 Prix Miesque winner Aboulie (by Exceed And Excel) is a daughter of Anja (by Indian Ridge), a half-sister to classic star and somewhat successful sire Anabaa Blue (by Anabaa).
Anja’s siblings also include the stakes winning fillies Measured Tempo (by Sadler’s Wells) and Reunite (by Kingmambo) and the notably successful broodmare Al Ishq (by Nureyev). That one’s blackhorse offspring are headed by the aforementioned Group 1-winning miler and classic sire Tamayuz.
Third dam Allez Les Trois (by Riverman) won the Group 3 Prix de Flore over 10 and a half furlongs at Saint-Cloud, and as she is out of Allegretta (by Lombard) she is, of course, a half-sister to Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine and phenomenal broodmare Urban Sea (by Miswaki).
The dam of Derby heroes and outstanding stallions Galileo and Sea The Stars, plus the top-level winners Black Sam Bellamy (by Sadler’s Wells) and My Typhoon (by Giant’s Causeway), her many descendants of note include Group/Grade 1 stars Bracelet (by Montjeu), Athena (by Camelot) and Masar (by New Approach).
Urban Sea’s siblings include classic star and classic sire King’s Best, her three-parts brother Tertullian (by Miswaki) was a leading sire in Germany, and if you go back another generation and look at the descendants of Allegretta’s siblings then you will find top-level winners such as A Raving Beauty (by Mastercraftsman), Azzurro (by Bluebird), and the aforementioned Adlerflug.
Mustajeeb was a classic-placed, Group 2-winning sprinter-miler whom Timeform rated 121, he represents one of the most famous stallion-producing families in the world, and every blacktype success for his close relation Tamayuz is another advert for his potential. What a pity then that he faces such an uphill battle.
Some of his offspring will win as two-year-olds, but his best results look likely to come from three-year-olds and older horses, likely in the broad six to 12-furlong range.
MUSTAJEEB (GB) - ch.2011 - Nayef - Rifqah, 4 wins inc Greenlands Stakes (Gr2), Jersey Stakes (Gr3), Amethyst Stakes (Gr3), 2nd Boomerang Mile (Gr2), Futurity Stakes (Gr2), 3rd Irish 2000 Guineas (Gr1). Sire in England & (from 2019) France.
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Chc - Classic Falcon (by Dubawi) Tatts IRE September withdrawn
Chc - Dance Away (by Pivotal) Goffs February not sold
Chc - Dance Away (by Pivotal) Goffs November €2,000 (p/s)
Chf - Felwah (by Aqlaam) Goresbridge October €1,100
Bf - Firebelly (by Nicolotte) Tatts IRE Ascot September £10,500
Bc - Ghaidaa (by Cape Cross) Goresbridge October €1,600
Bf - Kafaala (by Shamardal) Goffs November €20,000
Bf - Lukrecia (by Exceed And Excel) Arqana November €4,000
Bf - Mahsooba (by Hard Spun) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Shemriyna (by King Of Kings) Tattersalls October 28,000gns
Bc - Shemriyna (by King Of Kings) Tattersalls November not sold
Chc - Transvaal Sky (by Avonbridge) Goffs UK October not sold
Chc - Trump Street (by First Trump) Tatts IRE September €2,000
Bf - Unequivocal (by Observatory) Arqana November €6,000
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