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Gr.3 success for Mehmas 4yo Minzaal

Minzaal bounced back to winning ways in great style on Saturday when landing the Group 3 Hackwood Stakes at Newbury.

From the first crop of Mehmas, Shadwell Estate's Minzaal was an excellent two-year-old for Owen Burrows, winning the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes at York by an easy two lengths before running third in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes.

Injury unfortunately restricted him to just two starts at three last year but he proved the spark was still there in October when third in the Group 1 Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot.

On Saturday, Minzaal travelled kindly for Jim Crowley in behind the leaders before bursting through between horses to overhaul Rohaan and win going away.

"We learnt about him last time at Ascot and it's wonderful to see what he could do today," said Owen Burrows. "He's such a laid back character, he spends half his time sleeping and the rest eating. He's so laid back about life, he's a pleasure to train.

"He's a horse we've always loved. We're thrilled to get his head back in front. It's hard to knock him. It's great we're having a good run with him and we look forward to stepping him back up in class."

Minzaal was bred by Ringfort Stud out of Pardoven, a Clodovil half-sister to the Group-placed winners Firebet and Dancing Prize. He is one of 18 stakes winners from the first three crops for Mehmas and hails from the same outstanding first crop as Middle Park Stakes winner Supremacy and Californian sensation Going Global.

He continues a great run for Mehmas that also includes recent July Stakes hero Persian Force. Saturday's action also featured yet another two-year-old winner for the stallion in the Tally-Ho-bred Wen Moon, who won well at Ripon for Ben Haslam on his second start.

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