Dual Group One Winner Mostahdaf Set for Stallion Retirement at Shadwell’s Beech House Stud
Exciting news in the racing world as dual Group One winner Mostahdaf is preparing to retire from his illustrious career and join the esteemed stallion ranks at Shadwell’s prestigious Beech House Stud. The talented colt, sired by legendary racehorse Frankel, has been trained by renowned duo John and Thady Gosden on behalf of owner-breeder Shadwell, which is under the patronage of Sheikha Hissa.
The five-year-old sensation has demonstrated remarkable success throughout his campaign, securing impressive victories in both the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Juddmonte International at York. These stellar performances have earned him a formidable rating of 128 as he gears up for his final outing in the highly anticipated Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf this Saturday. With nearly £2.5 million in prize-money already accumulated, Mostahdaf has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the sport.
Beech House Stud in Newmarket recently underwent an extensive refurbishment and will now serve as home to all of Shadwell’s UK-based stallions. This means that Mostahdaf will stand proudly alongside fellow champions Baaeed, Tasleet, and Mohaather.
Angus Gold, racing manager for Shadwell expressed his admiration for Mostahdaf: “Mostahdaf has consistently proved himself to be a top-class horse over three exceptional seasons. From displaying incredible speed during his triumphant six-race winning streak as a three-year-old, spanning distances between 7 furlongs and a mile, to showcasing his remarkable versatility and prowess over longer distances.
“Notably, he emerged victorious in the Neom Turf Cup in Saudi Arabia earlier this year by an impressive seven lengths. Subsequently, he outshined the best 10-furlong horses in Europe at Royal Ascot with his come-from-behind victory before asserting his dominance as he led from start to finish at York’s Juddmonte International. His ability to record six of the last eight furlongs under 12 seconds truly exemplifies both his speed and class.”
Gold also noted Mostahdaf’s unwavering dedication and professionalism throughout his career: “He has never missed a day of training and has always approached his work with enthusiasm. Coupled with his exceptional physique and blazing speed, Mostahdaf is poised to be an irresistible prospect for breeders seeking excellence.”
Trainer John Gosden added fondly: “Training Mostahdaf has been an absolute pleasure. He possesses soundness, relentless positivity, and generosity during his workouts. With impeccable form marked by seamless fluidity characterized by high cruising speeds and electrifying acceleration; consistency has been the hallmark of this exceptional horse throughout his career.”
In other stallion news within the racing world, Juddmonte recently announced that Westover – trained by Ralph Beckett – who clinched victory in the prestigious Irish Derby will be relocating to Yushun Stallion Station located in Hokkaido, Japan for the upcoming 2024 season. This exciting development comes after Westover was sold; however, syndication details have yet to be disclosed.