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                                                                                                                               Nassaakh after rolling in the mud at MHFS following her purchase at Tatts Dec 2016 saleNassaakh after rolling in the mud at MHFS following her purchase at Tatts Dec 2016 sale              Cape Cross 2012 mare Nassaakh was purchased from Shadwell at the Tattersalls 2016 December Sales. She was in foal to Tamayuz (produced a colt foal in March 2017 who sold at Tattersalls 2018 Book 2 for 10,000 guineas and is now called Take Me To The Sky in training with Ed Dunlop) and is the second foal of Daylami mare Mahaatheer (2005) who won three races including a listed race in France when trained by Freddie Head. Take Me To The Sky finished third on his debut at Newmarket after blowing the start and has since come a good second at Wolverhampton. He looks to be one who will be even better at three years old. Mahaatheer's first foal Lahqa is by Tamayuz and to date has been her best foal winning a race and reaching a rating of 87. Lahqa's second foal is Hot Summer (by Hot Streak) and he has started his career very well with a couple of good class placed efforts on his first two outings in 2019. After her is a five year old mare who was placed twice in five runs called Malhama, who is now a broodmare, and a four year old Aqlaam filly called Ghurba who has run well in a few National Hunt Flat races. She is followed by a Sea The Stars four year old filly called Hanaan, a three year old Shamardal colt called Damlaj, a two year old filly by Iffraaj and a yearling colt by Marcel.

            Interestingly, Shadwell sold Mahaatheer at the November 2016 Goffs sale in Ireland and obviously were not over-enamoured with this family although, as one can see from the activity above, there is plenty that could change its fortunes. Nassaakh, although she did not run, appealed to us for her strong physique, being by Cape Cross out of a mare herself out of a Barathea mare and the latent potential in this family with the various well bred siblings. On top of that she was carrying to Tamayuz who clicked well with Mahaatheer to produce useful winning racer Lahqa.Nassaakh aka "Bullet" with her 2017 colt by Tamayuz in June 2017Nassaakh aka "Bullet" with her 2017 colt by Tamayuz in June 2017

            We immediately set about looking for a "stallion friend" and as she is quite a big mare did not want anything with too much size deciding to go with Hot Streak who coincidentally is the sire of Hot Summer out of half sister Lahqa who unfortunately passed away following the foaling. Nassaakh foaled a filly on May 1st 2018 and was rested in 2018. In 2019 she revisited Hot Streak and is in foal to him.

            Mahaatheer has half sisters Shawaaty (2008) and Alyaafel (2011) as fellow broodmares and the former's first foal Chiquitita Chic won a couple of races in the Czech Republic. Shawaaty's 2015 colt by Dragon Pulse is called Porchy Party who is trained by Tom Dascombe and won two races in 2017 whilst 2016 full sister Light My Fire (also trained by Tom Dascombe) won on debut at Ripon and after following up with another win she won black type in late September 2018 when third in the Group 3 Firth Of Clyde Stakes at Ayr. Another Mahaatheer sibling of note is Power five year old colt Ghayyar who won at two for Al Shaqab and Richard Hannon and was rated 86 and has won three races in total by the end of 2018. Indeed Mahaatheer's dam Al Ihtithar (2000) produced a 2017 filly foal by Power.

            So in conclusion, a young well bred family with plenty of action going on, good stallions being used and the potential to blossom in the years ahead. Let's see during the next three to five years or so whether this family can break through or not and whether Nassaakh will be one of the major players. We sold Nassaakh as part of our mare reduction programme in 2019.