G1 winner Mekhtaal retires to Bouquetot
Al Shaqab Racing is pleased to announce that Gr.1 winner MEKHTAAL will be retired from racing to stand at Haras de Bouquetot for the 2019 season.
A son of Sea The Stars, who's just had an exceptionnal year with no less than 5 Group 1 winners in Sea Of Class, Cloth Of Stars, Stradivarius, Crystal Ocean and Almodovar, MEKHTAAL showed speed and class when landing the Prix d'Ispahan Gr.1, defeating Group 1 winners Robin Of Navan & Zarak as well as dual Classic placed Dicton.
MEKHTAAL made a winning debut at Saint-Cloud racecourse, before destroying opposition in the French Derby prep race Prix Hocquart Gr.2 by 6 lengths. His race record also includes close seconds in the Prix d'Harcourt Gr.2, to Cloth of Stars, and in the Prix du Prince d'Orange Gr.3, before scoring in the Prix d'Ispahan Gr.1.
In America, MEKHTAAL came back to performing at the highest level when consecutively a runner up in the Nijinsky Stakes G2 and in the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes G1 at Woodbine.
MEKHTAAL belongs to an outstanding maternal family, with his dam Aiglonne herself the dam of 5 blacktype performers. His pedigree is free from the Sadler's Wells or Danehill bloodlines.