Super Sprint victory for Gubbass seals big day for Mehmas
Mehmas' day got even better on Saturday when Gubbass defied inexperience to take the prestigious Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury.
Making only his second start following an impressive debut success at Leicester, Gubbass took closer order down the centre of the track as they entered the final two furlongs and answered all of Sean Levey's urgings to overhaul Guilded and hold off stablemate Symphony Perfect for a half-length score. It was a new juvenile course record.
Celebrating his fourth win in the race, Richard Hannon told Racing TV: "It's sort of by accident that he's had the 99-day layoff. We looked at taking him to Royal Ascot and he wasn't quite himself, he's grown.
"He's certainly a very good horse and it didn't surprise me that he won. Sean has always loved him, he's rides him every day and he says he's a very good horse."
Hannon suggested that the Richmond Stakes, a race won by Mehmas himself, could now be on the agenda.
He continues a momentous run for Mehmas, who had been represented earlier in the day by the Group 3 Anglesey Stakes winner Beauty Inspire. Only on Friday, the Tally-Ho-bred Caturra won the Rose Bowl Stakes while last week, Lusail (also bred by Tally-Ho) landed the Group 2 July Stakes at Newmarket.
Gubbass is fittingly trained by Richard Hannon, who trained Mehmas, and races in the colours of Jassim Bin Ali Al Attiyah. He was bred by Tom and Barry Lacy and is the first foal out of Vida Amorosa, a Lope De Vega relation to classy sprinter Garrus.
Gubbass was purchased out of the Tally-Ho Stud draft at last year’s Tattersalls Ireland September Sale by Charlie Gordon-Watson Bloodstock.
He was the first of Mehmas' second crop to score earlier in the year when successful on debut. Fast forward to today and Mehmas leads the European leading two-year-old sires list thanks to 21 winners who have earned close to £380,000 between them.
The list was enhanced later in the day by Phryne, who made a winning debut at Doncaster for David O'Meara. The filly, bred by Lodge Park Stud, holds an entry in the Lowther Stakes.