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Fastest ever Jersey Stakes winner retires to Overbury

Shadwell homebred Mustajeeb also the fastest in Galileo's family

Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum's high-class sprinter-miler Mustajeeb has been retired and will stand at Overbury Stud. The winner of the G3 Jersey Stakes in a new race-record time, the four-year-old son of Nayef descends from Allegretta and is the fastest horse in the family which has also produced Galileo, Sea The Stars and King's Best. It's a rich stallion-making dynasty: every Group winning colt to retire to stud under four dams has become a G1 sire.
 
Mustajeeb also won the G2 Greenlands Stakes in May, beating four G1-winning sprinters, and, on official figures, he is assessed as the best 6f-7f horse of the past two seasons after only fellow Shadwell homebred Muhaarar and 2014 Champion sprinter Slade Power. He was trained throughout his career by Dermot Weld who described him today as, 'Very powerful, very good-looking and correct, and a joy to train. He was the third-best sprinter in Europe of the last couple of years, and was a tough, genuine racehorse of the highest class.' 
 
Mustajeeb also took the G3 Amethyst Stakes over a mile on his three-year-old debut, and then chased home Kingman on unfavourably heavy ground in the G1 Irish 2,000 Guineas. 'He won over a mile, and won well,' says Weld, 'but he didn't get home on that ground over the Curragh's stiff mile.' Mustajeeb had won a maiden at the Galway festival at two, before finishing second to European Champion juvenile War Command in the G2 Futurity Stakes. He earned a Timeform and Racing Post Rating of 121, and the official handicapper rated him superior to fellow new stallions G Force (a son of Mustajeeb's close relation Tamayuz), Outstrip, Ivawood, Hot Streak, Due Diligence and Cable Bay, and just one pound behind Night Of Thunder. He will stand at £5,000 Oct 1st, Special Live Foal.
 
Richard Lancaster, Stud Director of Shadwell, said, 'Mustajeeb was a very talented horse, with an outstanding pedigree. He's also notably good-looking. We are in the fortunate position of having the Champion sprinter-elect in Muhaarar retiring to The Nunnery in 2016, but Sheikh Hamdan is pleased to retain ownership of Mustajeeb and to be standing him at Overbury Stud. Simon Sweeting's team do a particularly impressive job, and we very much look forward to seeing Mustajeeb's progeny in the sales ring and on the racecourse in the years to come.'
 
Simon Sweeting, Manager of Overbury Stud, said, 'Mustajeeb is an extremely enticing stallion prospect – the fastest horse in the Galileo family, and a very impressive record-breaking Royal Ascot winner. I'm particularly flattered that Shadwell wishes him to stand at Overbury Stud, and I am indebted to Sheikh Hamdan and his team for giving us this opportunity.'