Mustajeeb sprints to success
Dermot Weld’s stable continue to fire in the winners and it was a sprint success at the Curragh for Mustajeeb in the Group 2 Greenland Stakes under Pat Smullen that now opens more sprinting doors for last years impressive Jersey Stakes winner at Royal Ascot.
Dropping in trip proved no issue and he quickened up nicely to record a taking success and roads now lead back to Royal Ascot with more sprint challenges on the agenda. Sole Power never got into the race from the back of the field and Astaire, who was sent off market leader, faded in the finish after setting a good pace up top from the outset. Gordon Lord Byron failed to figure in the finish and it was Maarek who ran best of the race finishing well in second on ground that would not be ideal.
Dermot Weld was delighted with the performance. “I’m delighted for Sheikh Hamdan as he’s bred this horse and he’ll be an excellent stallion for Derrinstown. He’s put up a great performance against four Group 1 winners in that race. The Diamond Jubilee is the logical follow on for him. He’s been working very well, and I thought this was the obvious race to start him off in.”
Jockey Pat Smullen is looking forward to testing him at the sprint trips for the remainder of the year. “I feel a bit vindicated as I’ve been saying for a long time that I feel this is a six-furlong horse. He’s got so much pace and he could be a very good sprinter this year.”
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