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Few horses are still getting better at the age of six – at least on the Flat – but that is the case with Mustashry, who came of age with an emphatic win under Jim Crowley in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.
Five of the 13 rivals he faced in the mile feature were Group 1 winners but he treated the opposition with disdain – accelerating clear inside the final furlong to win by two and a half lengths from Laurens, who was seeking a sixth win at the highest level.
Accidental Agent, the Queen Anne winner, stayed on to be third with Romanised, the Irish 2000 Guineas victor, fourth. So nobody could question the merit of the form.
Mustashry, owned bySheikh Hamdan Al Maktou, was taking trainer Sir Michael Stoute’s record tally in the mile feature to eight and the trainer said: “We knew this horse was in very good shape and I have to confess that it’s Jade (Ransley) who has made this horse – she rides him and has looked after him from the very start.
“He’s had his niggles, but I’ve never had him better than today.
“The Queen Anne is the race that comes to my mind, while remembering he is versatile and has won over a mile and a quarter. But I think the Queen Anne is what Sheikh Hamdan wants.”
Crowley said: “He beat a good filly into second, and he now feels like a proper horse, having won over seven, a mile and a mile and a quarter.”
Mustashry had won seven of his previous 17 races, including twice at Grup 2 level in 2018. He had never previously run in a QIPCO British Champions Series race.
Having been gelded at the end of the 2017 campaign, we can expect to see plenty more of him.
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