By Equine MediRecord
My Happy Horses: Part 3
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Owner-breeder-trainer Steve Blackwell writes: “This is my filly by Assy out of Spirited Game at 23 months old. I’d like to say a big thank you to the generosity of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani and Al Shahania Stud for the free service in 2017.”
Spirited Game (GB) was bred by HH Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum and raced 18 times, ridden in all bar one of her races by Steve’s son George. Winning once over a mile, she was also placed four times from 6f to 1m1f. Her victory at Royal Windsor in the Muscat (0-85) Handicap Stakes when she rallied to win in a photo finish, earned George ‘ARO Ride of the Season 2014’.
Spirited Game (by Vert Olive) is out of Keen Game and is a half-sister to Medhaaf Athbah (by Amer). Though winning six times in France, Belgium, Saudi Arabia and the UK, Mehdaaf Athbah has been Group 1PA placed five times, including runner-up to two of the best Arabians of recent times, Al Mourtajez (Qatar Arabian World Cup 2016) and Muraaqib (President of the UAE Cup, Coup d’Europe, 2017).
Assy (QA) (by Amer x Margouia) was recently described by his former trainer Julian Smart as “The best horse I have ever trained in my career”. A winner of nine of his 11 races in Qatar, he became the first Qatari bred to win the HH The Amir Sword(Gr1PA) in 2014, and on retiring to stud, was offered free to breeders worldwide in his first season. Sassy is just one of many UK foals resulting from this hugely generous offer by Al Shahania Stud.
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