Sparkling Mustajeeb will be targeted at the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot after stamping himself as a potential star of the sprinting division with victory in the Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh.
The four-year-old was running over six furlongs for the first time since his juvenile debut, but he had no problems with dropping back down in trip when accounting for a smart field in the Group Two contest.
With Sole Power and Gordon Lord Byron both failing to fire, Mustajeeb came from just off the pace in the hands of Pat Smullen to show a decisive turn of foot inside the final furlong.
Trainer Dermot Weld is now preparing to send Mustajeeb to Royal Ascot, where he won over seven furlongs in the Jersey Stakes 12 months ago.
Weld said: “The obvious race for him is the Diamond Jubilee over six at Royal Ascot and he’s also in the July Cup.”
Mustajeeb’s sire Nayef was a four-time Group One winner over middle distances and his son finished third behind Kingman in the Irish 2000 Guineas last season. Mustajeeb also finished sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile on his final start last season.
His win in the Greenlands Stakes formed part of a big-race double for owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, who also struck on the other side of the Irish Sea with Mutarakez in the Silver Bowl Stakes at Haydock.
Mutarakez took time to hit his stride, but looked a cosy winner in the end and he will also have Royal Ascot on his agenda for his next race.
Brian Meehan will wait to see what the handicapper does before deciding whether to keep Mutarakez at a mile for the Britannia or step him up to 1m2f for the Tercentenary Stakes.
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