What looked like the most impressive three year old miler performance this year (yes including HENRYTHENAVIGATOR), Sheikh Hamdan’s TAMAYUZ cruised away with Sunday’s Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard-Jacques le Marois Group One, beating Europe’s best milers including the Champion three year old filly-elect, NATAGORA.
TAMAYUZ is a son of Shadwell’s hot young stallion NAYEF, and comes from the female line responsible for the likes of GALILEO and KINGS BEST etc. If ever Sheikh Hamdan had a stallion prospect, it must rest here with five wins from six starts (including two Group Ones) and is about as handsome as handsome gets.
Whether Coolmore will risk HENRYTHENAVIGATOR against him in either the Prix de Moulin or the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, remains to be seen. But for those of us with a love of the game, we can only savour the prospect, if and when it comes off.