Mahsoob, who is from the immediate family of Highlands Farm’s resident sire Great Britain, picked up the first group win of his career when the lightly raced 5yo lifted Wednesday’s G3 Weatherbys General Stud Book Earl Of Sefton Stakes at Newmarket.
The son of Dansili, now a five time winner from just seven outings, gave trainer John Gosden his fourth winner of the 2016 Craven meeting when he ran on strongly to land the Group 3 event in the final stages.
Prevailing by 1.25 lengths over well backed favourite Air Pilot, (and one of two winners on the day for jockey Paul Hanagan), Mahsoob has been entered in the G1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes next month, and Wednesday’s win saw the entire’s odds slashed from 33-1 to 20-1.
Winning trainer John Gosden was delighted with his win, saying, “He getting quicker with age and I’m delighted with him. He’s been training nicely at home and doing everything on his own. He’s been breezing away at home and is a happy horse. We won at Royal Ascot last year but lost his form after that. He’s had a good winter and I wouldn’t mind bringing him back a furlong.
I don’t think we’d mind coming back to a mile with this horse.”
Mahsoob is out of Mooakada –a stakes placed daughter of Montjeu whose third dam is 1000 Guineas winner Shadayid. This is also the family of inform sire Iffraaj, whose daughter Nathra won the recent G3 Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket.
Shadayid’s dam is G1 Cheveley Park Stakes winner Desirable –whose dam Balidaress is the dam of champion Park Appeal.
The latter is dam not only of now retired Lockinge Stakes winner and star sire Cape Cross, but Highlands’ Al Quoz Sprint winning sire Great Britain.
The latter’s sole offering at tomorrow’s Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale is a half brother to G1 SA Oaks winner Pine Princess (51), while Great Britain’s single lot at the National Yearling Sale is a lovely half sister to G1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship winner On Her Toes (Lot 311).