John Gosden-trained three-year-old Mehdaayih shot to the fore of the ante-post market for next month's Group 1 Investec Oaks following an impressive performance in the Listed Arkle Finance Cheshire Oaks over an extended mile and three at Chester, showing a fine turn of foot before powering clear to beat the previously undefeated stakes winner Manuela De Vega (gave 3lbs) by four and a half lengths.
The daughter of Frankel (by Galileo) does not yet hold an entry at Epsom but she is engaged in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot. However, such was the manner in which she won today's trial, it would be no surprise to see her supplemented for the Oaks or Irish Oaks.
She got off the mark at the third attempt as a juvenile, beating today's third Fanny Logan by a neck in a mile novice event at Yarmouth in October, and we learned little from her 14-length drubbing of a single opponent in a ten-furlong Chelmsford handicap last month.
Mehdaayih was bred by Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd, she is a half-sister to a couple of multiple winners out of Sayyedati Symphony (by Gone West), and her dam is a half-sister to the talented Almushahar (by Silver Hawk) who won a Newmarket maiden and the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster but was not seen out again.
Sayyedati (by Shadeed), the grandam of today's rising star, was an outstanding racehorse who won the Group 1 Sussex Stakes, Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marois, Group 1 1000 Guineas, Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes and Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes and closed out her track career with a third-place finish to Ridgewood Pearl in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Mile at Belmont Park.
A half-sister to the four-time middle-distance Group 1 scorer Golden Snake (by Danzig), the Clive Brittain-trained mile champion was out of Dubian (by High Line) who had been third in both the Oaks and Irish Oaks before going on to Group 1 success in Italy.
Fourth dam Melodina (by Tudor Minstrel) was a juvenile pattern winner that went on to be placed in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes, fifth dam Rose Of Medina (by Never Say Die) was an Oaks-placed winner of the Princess Elizabeth Stakes and Princess Royal Stakes, sixth dam Minaret (by Umidwar) won the Fern Hill Handicap, and seventh dam Neolight (by Nearco) was a classic-placed winner of the Cheveley Park Stakes and Coronation Stakes as well as being a half-sister to the brilliant Tudor Minstrel (by Owen Tudor).
Those stars are obviously too remote to Mehdaayih to be having any impact on the racing ability that she has, but they do illustrate the strong roots from which she has come. She is a fascinating prospect who could be anything.
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