GROUP 1 WINNER BY SEA THE STARS, the sire of 14 individual Group 1 winners, from an outstanding maternal family.
WINNER OF THE PRIX D’ISPAHAN GR.1, defeating Gr.1 winners Robin Of Navan and Zarak as well as dual Classic Gr.1-placed Dicton.
Impressive 6-LENGTHS WINNER OF THE PRIX HOCQUART Gr.2, also 2nd Prix d’Harcourt Gr.2 & Prix du Prince d’Orange Gr.3. Best time form 120.
Also a Grade 1 performer in North America, valiant runner-up in both the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes Gr.1 & Nijinsky Stakes Gr.2.
A stunning & impeccably bred individual, purchased €300,000 as a yearling. PEDIGREE FREE FROM THE LINES OF SADLER’S WELLS, DANEHILL, KENDOR OR LINAMIX.
MEKHTAAL has the particularity to be a complete outcross to the Sadlers’ Wells, Danehill, Linamix and Kendor lines. Sadler’s Wells has of course been a proven cross with MEKHTAAL’s sire Sea The Stars, yet other stallions from the direct Northern Dancer line have proved their value: Storm Cat as well as the stallions hailing from Nijinsky and Nureyev have all produced Group winners by Sea The Stars. The Nijinsky line has also been particularly fruitful with MEKHTAAL’s damsire Silver Hawk.
MEKHTAAL’s sire Sea The Stars, who has registered an additional five Group winners this year, has had tremendous success with mares hailing from the Phalaris line, represented in 80% of the maternal lines (first three generations) of his Group winners. The Nasrullah line in particular appears in 7 of his 9 Group 1 winners, mostly through Shirley Heights, Bold Ruler, Highest Honor, Blushing Groom and Mill Reef.
MEKHTAAL’s damsire Silver Hawk also has 8 of his 10 Group 1 winners represented with the line of Phalaris in the first three generations of their maternal pedigrees, mainly via Native Dancer’s blood.
Outcross matings that would be appealing are with the German lines of Konigsstuhl or Surumu, who are the damsires of five of Sea The Stars’ Group winners. Another tempting outcross would be with mares from the Sharpen Up or from the Hail To Reason lines, who have each produced four Group winners by mating to Sea The Stars.
Sea The Stars
At 3-years-old, in 6 runs
1st Prix Hocquart Gr.2, Deauville FR, 10f . 2000m, by 6 lengths
1st Maiden Stakes, Saint-Cloud FR, 10f . 2000m, on debut
2nd Prix du Prince d’Orange Gr.3, Maisons-Laffitte FR, 10f . 2000m
4th Grand Prix de Paris Gr.1, Saint-Cloud FR, 12f . 2400m
At 4-years-old, in 5 runs
1st Prix d’Ispahan Gr.1, Chantilly FR, 9f . 1800m
2nd Prix d’Harcourt Gr.2, Chantilly FR, 10f . 2000m
At 5-years-old, in 2 runs
2nd Northern Dancer Turf Stakes G1, Woodbine CAN, 12f . 2400m
2nd Nijinsky Stakes Gr.1, Woodbine CAN, 12f. 2400m