Mustajeeb leads home Muwaary in the Jersey Stakes at Royal AscotPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Mustajeeb leads home Sheikh Hamdan one-two
Report: Royal Ascot, Wednesday
Jersey Stakes (Group 3) 7f, 3yo
A SUPER summer continues for owner Hamdan Al Maktoum as Mustajeeb led home another of his runners, Muwaary, in the opening race on day two of Royal Ascot.
Sheikh Hamdan had seen Taghrooda and Tarfasha finish first and second in the Oaks earlier this month and was able to celebrate another fine day. Giovanni Boldini was third.
Mustajeeb and Muwaary lined up at Ascot with Classic form from the Irish 2,000 Guineas and Poule d'Essai des Poulains respectively and punters could not split the pair sending them off the 9-2 joint favourites.
From a long way out it was clear that the market had found the right two horses to fight out the finish, it was merely a matter of which one got home in front.
Jockey Pat Smullen went first on Mustajeeb, who had always raced handy, and scooted into a clear lead. Muwaary, carrying Sheikh Hamdan's first colours, set out in pursuit but it was a forlorn one.
Mustajeeb crossed the line first by a length and provide some revenge for his trainer Dermot Weld, who had saddled Tarfasha in the Oaks. Giovanni Boldini was two-and-a-quarter lengths further behind at 14-1.
Weld said: "It didn't surprise me. Kingman is an outstanding miler and we were beaten fair and square in the Irish Guineas. This colt appreciated the better ground today. I thought he'd win and he did it well."
Smullen added: "I couldn't believe how well it worked for us. There wasn't a great deal of pace out there. He's not a slow horse and had great form coming into the race."