His last foals are on the ground and he’s enjoying a pampered retirement in the beautiful surroundings of Arrowfield Stud, but champion sire Flying Spur hasn’t left the stage just yet.
In fact, he’s taken a share of the limelight with new stakes winners Green Roller and Mushreq this week. It takes his black-type tally to 88.
Green Roller (3f Flying Spur – Given by Canny Lad) claimed Tasmania’s LR Strutt Stakes on Wednesday evening for owner-breeder Jonathan Munz and trainer David Hayes. Her black type success came after a Pakenham breakthrough in January.
Her dam Given was a Listed winner in Melbourne and she foaled a Starcraft colt last spring.
On Thursday night, it was the turn of Mushreq to post his fourth and most valuable victory in the G2 Al Fahidi Fort Stakes (1600m) at Meydan.
Mushreq (4c Flying Spur – Alharir by Jeune) collared Musir about a furlong out and opened up by three lengths in a turf record time of 1:36.06s. “He’s been a revelation and keeps improving,” trainer Mike de Kock said after winning the Al Fahidi Fort for the fifth time. “Mushreq’s getting better and stronger every day and he’s going the right way.
“After that performance, I feel like putting him on ice and going straight into the G1 Dubai Duty Free but we will discuss the way forward with Sheikh Hamdan and Angus Gold.”
Mushreq’s dam Alharir won races at Caulfield and Seymour and is a half-sister to Sheikh Hamdan’s G1 MRC Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Rewaaya (Singspiel). She was bred by Shadwell Stud and is a grand-daughter of the wonderful broodmare Easy Date, the ancestress of G1 winners Forensics, Snippets and Arrowfield’s leading young sire Not A Single Doubt.
Flying Spur has 17 yearlings on offer at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale which begins on March 3. Five of them, two fillies and three colts, are part of the Arrowfield draft.