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Mogul matches strides with Group 1 winning siblings less than four weeks before sale of half-sister

MOGUL (GB) successfully matched strides with his various Group 1 winning siblings on Sunday afternoon when powering clear to win the Grand Prix de Paris at ParisLongchamp by a commanding 2 ½ lengths.

The three-year-old colt, who is the latest offspring of racing age to represent Newsells Park Stud’s superstar broodmare SHASTYE, asserted his credentials as a top-level performer in the making exactly 12 months ago when winning the Group 2 KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes at Leopardstown.

Between then and today, however, plans have not come together quite as well as connections would have wanted, with a lacklustre first outing in the Group 2 King Edward II Stakes preceding a sixth place finish behind SERPENTINE in the Group 1 Derby.

But the colt well and truly turned the tables with that stablemate today, with the Classic winner only managing a fourth place finish in the Parisian showpiece.

GBRI spoke with Newsells Park Stud’s Julian Dollar after the race. Dollar commented:

“It’s good to see Mogul win a Group 1 because over the winter I believe the Ballydoyle team thought he was their number one pick for the Derby, and then everything went crazy with coronavirus and threw everything off track. It’s no secret that this family are good doers, they’re pretty chilled out and they put on weight quite easily, so both Japan and Mogul found it hard to shift the weight.

“It’s always important to win a Group 1 and for us it’s about breeding top class racehorses, so today’s result was important. For the value of the mare, I don’t think it makes a lot of difference. I think she was already pretty special.”

Speaking of that exceptional broodmare, Shastye, Dollar continued:

“She has been vital to Newsells Park, I suppose. She’s been absolutely exceptional, producing Group 1 winners throughout and obviously she’s been incredibly commercial for us. We’re a commercial outfit that needs to make money, so she has been incredibly important and we’re lucky that we’ve got three daughters of hers here at the stud. That’s one of the reasons we decided we had to put the sister into the sale.”

Indeed, Mogul’s victory today is a timely reminder of the standout star within Newsells Park’s Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1 draft this year, the half-sister catalogued as Lot 436.

“I have mixed emotions about selling the filly, obviously. I’m sad to do it really, I’d have loved to have just kept her, but she’s owned with Coolmore and we were thinking of racing her together but we feel we have to put her up for sale and see what happens.”

When asked about the filly as an individual, Dollar continued:

“All of them have been pretty similar. Japan was a little bit more leggy and elegant than Mogul, who was a real bull of a horse. Sir Isaac Newton was a really beautiful horse, he was pretty much perfection, and of the fillies I think this is the nicest she’s ever produced. She’s bigger and stronger than Secret Gesture, I think she’s nicer than Secret Gaze, who’s the full-sister we have here at the stud. I think she’s the nicest of the fillies.

 “We’ve got a lot of lovely horses in the draft. It’s obviously going to be a tricky market, but they’re very nice horses and hopefully they’ll go well.”

Shastye is currently carrying to Darley linchpin DUBAWI. Dollar concluded by explaining the reasoning behind the switch:

“She was barren to Galileo last year, having had the filly in January. She got in foal towards the end, then lost the pregnancy soon after coming back to the UK, so we gave it one more throw of the dice this year but she was empty on the first two covers and we just couldn’t afford a mare like this to go empty again, so we switched to Dubawi and we’ll have a good think about who she’s going to go to next year.

“She’s 19 but she looks fantastic. You’d think she was 15 or 16 at most, so hopefully we’ll get a good few years out of her yet.”

Earlier in 2020, GBRI paid a virtual visit to Newsells Park Stud. In the first part of the video feature, we meet Shastye, dam of Mogul (GB), Japan (GB), Secret Gesture (GB), Sir Isaac Newton (GB) and others.