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Dirt or turf; Meydan, Riyadh and Bahrain - an international day for Tally-Ho bred progeny of Mehmas

Updated: Feb 25, 2023

It has already been a highly successful year on an international scale for Mehmas and that continued on Friday as his progeny snared competitive races in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain within minutes of each other.

Remarkably, two of the horses in question - Colour Up and Hapipi Go Lucky - were bred and sold by Tally-Ho Stud while the other, The Covex Kid, was sold by us as a yearling.

Colour Up, a five-year-old from Mehmas' first crop, maintained his rapid progression for Doug Watson with a brilliant display in the 6f handicap at Meydan. He's done all his racing on dirt so far and is thriving for it, with Friday's success his third win since December.

Colour Up is a half-brother to 11-time winner Red Invader, by our former stallion Red Clubs, and out of Tifariti, an Elusive Quality relation to Fairyland and Dream Ahead from a family we know well. He was sold by us as a Tattersalls Craven breezer to his current owner Sayed Hashish.

Over in Riyadh, Hapipi Go Lucky came out on top in a thriller to the International Jockeys Challenge R3 Handicap Presented By stc.

From the second crop of Mehmas, Hapipi Go Lucky was winning for the second consecutive time for owner Refaei Sanat Alghuraban. A typically tough Mehmas - she is closing in on 30 career starts having begun her career with Johnny Murtagh - she was bred by us out of Hapipi, a Bertolini sister to high-class sprinter Prime Defender.

Mehmas has also made his mark this season in Bahrain, where he is the sire of The Covex Kid, another Tally-Ho graduate who swept the Al Adiyat and Al Dana Cups prior to pulling off a major treble in Friday's National Bank Of Bahrain Cup at Sakhir.

He has also been represented at a high level in the US, where his first-crop daughter Quattroelle was the recent winner of the G3 Megahertz Stakes at Santa Anita.

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