Horse Racing

Mishriff Takes Up The Mantle at Sumbe

In the stall at Sumbe’s Haras de Montfort, the reputation of the late Le Havre (Ire) cast a long, figurative shadow. Of course, he wasn’t the only stallion on the list, but he was the first, in the days when the ranch was founded under the original cover of Haras de la Cauviniere, and he became became one of France’s most important stallions, in great supply. respect from the father of breeders in Europe and Japan.

Le Havre is hard to replace, but in the season following his death, Sumbe could hardly have had a more compelling new appearance than Prince AA Faisal’s Mishriff (Ire). Like Le Havre, he won the Prix du Club, a race with a high reputation when one considers winners who have progressed successfully to stallion: think Darshaan (GB. ), Bering (GB), Peintre Celebre, Hernando (Fr), Montjeu (Ire), Shamardal, Lope De Vega (Ire) and New Bay (GB), with Study Of Man (Ire), sottsass (Fr) and St Mark’s Basilica (Fr) to follow.

Mishriff’s immediate male line was formed from three different Guineas winners in three countries: Make Believe (GB), Makfi (GB) and Dubawi (Ire), and this is certainly the first time the latter male This, newly crowned champion in England and Ireland, features the grandpa of a stallion. At the bottom, Sumbe’s Group 1 treble-winner is no less impressive. With the great Rafha (GB) (Riverman) as his third dam, this is a family that includes two solid characters of the Irish setting, half-brothers Invincible Spirit (Ire) and Kodiac (Ire) GB). It is their half-sister, G3 winner Princess Royal S. Acts Of Grace (Bahri), who is Mishriff’s grandmother, and his mother is the winning mare Raven’s Pass Contradict (GB), who gave birth to three black horses, including Winner of the Orbaan (GB) List (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) and G3 Runner-up Craven S. Momkin (Ire) (rhythmic breathing {GB}).

Prince Faisal, who has looked after the family carefully for generations, also raced Mishriff’s Make Believe, a 180,000 gns foal purchased from Aston Mullins Stud breeder Simon Hope. . His support of that Ballylinch Stud resident with a member of his signature family has resulted in Make Believe’s best children to date, and the prince is sure to exert a blanket influence. adopted after Mishriff, along with Nurlan Bizakov of Sumbe, who had a considerable breed band of his own spread throughout his studs, including Haras du Mezeray and Hesmonds Stud in England.

“Mishriff is a one-of-a-kind horse,” says Mathieu Le Forestier of Sumbe. “He won a [French] Derby and there are only a handful of Derby winners each year, but even fewer become superstars and are consistent and repeat their form over the long term, which he has done.”

And that really gets to the heart of the matter. Mishriff will be six years old when he shelters his first mare. In 21 starts, he won seven times. Only three of those appearances were during his underage season, the way his coach John Gosden often presents his Classic prospects, and he won the first in November at Nottingham in ten lengths. His Saudi ownership means he has a slightly less orthodox Classical preparation than would normally be the case for a three-year-old in Newmarket. In February 2020, he flew to Riyadh to attend the opening meeting of the Saudi Cup and finished second in the Saudi Arabia Derby.

We all know what happens next. With the Covid pandemic wreaking havoc in the early days of the European Flat season, Mishriff made a late comeback on his home turf in early June, winning at the already-listed Newmarket S. helping him. He prepared himself perfectly for his success in the Club Prix du Jockey, which was run in early July. A second French raid that summer saw him add the G2 Prix Guillaume d’Ornano to his record. Much more has come.

Le Forestier said: “His breakthrough was when he was four. “He has had a winning streak that started in February in the Saudi Cup on clay over nine feathers. And he won three weeks later in Dubai, more than 12 stretches on the pitch [in the Sheema Classic]. And after his time in the Middle East, he came back to win the Juddmonte International championship in the summer with six long distances, it was a great performance and it was very important to be able to take first place. Group 1 on British soil.

That season also included a runner-up to Adayar (Ire) in G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. after a pretty stellar performance in Eclipse in which he finished third out of four on the ground. he probably doesn’t appreciate . However, he came close to winning the same competition this season when he was hit in the neck by Vadeni (Fr) due to being obstructed during his run. He couldn’t add to the list of wins in his final coaching season, but in six Group 1 starts this summer and fall, he’s only once been outside the first four, finishing ended his career with fourth place at the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

Le Forestier continued, “Mishriff came right after the Breeders’ Cup and he settled in. He is a very handsome, quiet, slightly manly horse in the yard.

“Of course, we will send him some mares ourselves, and so will Prince Faisal. So he will get good support from his owners.”

Mishriff joins the youth team at Sumbe. Recorder (GB), son of Galileo bred and owned by the late Queen Elizabeth II standing beside De Treville (GB), oasis dream (GB) half brother to Too Darn Hot (GB), whose first crop in 2022 includes TDN’s Rising Star Achieve it (Fr). The lineup is completed by the G1 Commonwealth Cup Golden Horde (Ire) winner, who will have his first cubs on sale in 2023.

Although Le Havre passed away from a tumor in March, his influence will be felt for some time to come. At the Tattersalls December Mares Sale, his Group 3 winning daughter Ville De Grace (GB) was sold for 2,000,000gns to the Lordship Stud, while later that week at Arqana, the other half sister Le Havre’s mother with the double Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Treve winner was sold to Juddmonte. With the Yoshida family also having purchased Le Havre’s first two Classic winners, certain Avenir (Fr) and La Cressonniere (Fr), his legacy as a parent sire is gaining momentum developed worldwide, while one of his sons, Motamarris (Fr), stood firm. first season at Haras du Mazet this year.

“Losing Le Havre at the age of 16 is a huge loss. Le Forestier said: “I didn’t expect it so soon. “It is not easy to find a replacement for such a horse, so they have been scrutinizing, bidding here and there, trying to find the right horse. And in the end they made a decision about Mishriff and we are very grateful that we were able to reach this agreement so that Mishriff could go to France.”


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