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Shadwell Weekend Racing Success

Mujaarib winning the Charity Mile Gr 2. Image: sportingpost.co.za   Kahal, Bush Hill Stallion Day 2012. Image: Candiese Marnewick   Showmetheway, by Muhtafal, winning the Golden Loom Listed. Image: Gold Circle

Saturday has to go down as a highlight of what Shadwell contributes to racing and breeding here in South Africa, with sire Kahal bringing home a number of winners over the weekend including a Gr 3 consecutive win for Festival Of Fire, as well as Shadwell's victory in the Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile Gr 2 over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday, with Mujaarib(AUS), owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum.

The four year old undefeated colt is by Nadeem(AUS) out of Mihnah(IRE) by Lahib(USA), trained by Mike De Kock and ridden to victory by Glen Hatt. Mujaarib has had four starts at both Clairwood and Turffontein and remains unbeaten. De Kock saddled the four of the first five across the finish line.

Sportingpost.com reveals that Mujaarib is by Nadeem - the first Group 1 winning son of Champion sire Redoute's Choice to stand in New Zealand. Mujaarib is out of the Lahib mare, Mihnah.

Nadeem was a A$700,000 Sydney Easter Sale purchase, rewarding his owners Shadwell Stud with a Group 3 win in the Maribyrnong Plate at only his second start. He then put up a stunning performance to beat Miss Finland and Wonderful World in Victoria's showpiece, the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes.

Showmetheway, out of another Shadwell-owned stallion Muhtafal (who stands at Spring Valley Stud), took home the Golden Loom Listed Handicap at Turffontein in the 10th race, trained by Mark Dixon and ridden by Keagan De Melo. He beat a quality field of horses that included Welwitschia(GB) - who ran second - Midnight Serenade and Mannequin - who both also happen to be Shadwell-owned sires' Malhub and Kahal respectively.

Love Struck, coming home alone for owners Alesh Naidoo and Anthony Govender. Image: Gold Circle   Festival Of Fire, winning another Gr 3. Image: sportingpost.co.za   Bwana Macube comes home victorious again. Image: Gold Circle

Shadwell-owned Kahal once again showed his domination over racing across South Africa with Festival Of Fire taking home her second consecutive Grade 3 win in the HSH Princess Charlene Of Monaco Starling Stakes at Turffontein on the weekend, beating Blue Ridge Mountain(ARG) by half a length over 1400m.

Festival Of Fire was carrying a top weight of 58kgs compared to the latter's 53kgs and she defeated a classy field that included the likes of King's Temptress. Festival Of Fire was ridden once again by Derreck David and is trained by Mike de Kock. Festival Of Fire has now won four of her five starts (two at Gr 3), never being out of the money.

Classic Illusion won the 11th race at Turffontein in The Supreme Variety Show At Emperors Palace FM 80 Handicap for Fillies & Mares over 1600m. Once again, the Gary Alexander-trained Classic Illusion carried a top weight of 61kgs to victory under Piere Strydom by a length and a quarter to Irish-bred Tawakul, carrying 55kgs. Congratulations to owners Mrs J P Gardner and Messrs M C Berzack, B G Gardner, K E Michael and G P Sadie.
Love Struck won a Graduation Plate over 1400m for owner Alesh Naidoo and Anthony Govender. The son of Kahal out of Particular Passion by Rambo Dancer(CAN) won his race by an incredible six and quarter lengths. Alesh paid R375 000 for a full-sister to Love Stuck on Friday at the Emperors Palace Ready-To-Run Sale - she was also the highest priced horse and filly by Kahal to be sold at the sale.

Love Struck has now won twice and placed four times - including a third in the Gr 1 Premiers Champion Stakes behind The Hangman, and Reign As Kings in the Sentinel Stakes.

Bwana Macube continued his winning streak after taking home the eighth race, running on bravely to win by a nose from Always Al, ridden by Mandla Ntuli in soft going at Scottsville over 1200m. The Duncan Howells' trained gelding has now won five of his seven last starts - finding fantastic form recently after quiet period. He won his debut race, and has placed 12 times, winning six starts overall. He is partly owned by his trainer Duncan Howells and Mr Nidd.

Kahal, as of 29 October, continues to gain ground and holds fourth position on the National Sires Log, with the likes of Captain Al, Western Winter and Fort Wood behind him.

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