Sir Michael Stoute enjoys a hat-trick at Newbury, spearheaded by Mustashry's Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes victory
Trainer Sir Michael Stoute showed once again on Saturday that patience can be key as Mustashry recorded an emphatic win in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes.
The six-year-old was making just the 18th start of his career at Newbury, such has been the levels of perseverance that Stoute and his Freemason Lodge team have shown with the colt.
And he rewarded them in fine style, finishing two-and-a-half lengths ahead of five-time Group 1 winner Laurens to land Stoute a record eighth victory in the top level contest.
Head lad James Savage, who was at Newbury, said: “If a two-year-old is not ready then Sir Michael backs off and lets them be themselves – same if they are three. He shows great patience early doors and waits until they have matured fully.
“It was no fluke because Mustashry has beaten some good horses. Were we surprised? Maybe a little bit but we should not have been because he has done what was expected.
“A lot of winters and springs have not worked out with him for a variety of reasons, but this year he was able to go to America and has matured a lot from that.
“The team at home – the likes of Jade Ransley – they deserve a lot of credit for getting him to this point.”
Mustashry headed a treble for Stoute at Newbury, with Crystal Ocean winning the Group 3 Al Rayyan Stakes and Queen Power coming out on top in the Listed Haras De Bouquetot Fillies’ Trial Stakes.
Final decisions still need to be taken, but it is looking like Royal Ascot could be next on the agenda for the trio.
“Crystal Ocean was a short price favourite and did what we expected of him, and did it well,” added Savage, who has worked for Stoute for 20 years.
“Queen Power came to us in the spring and like all of the horses she has not been rushed.
“We have let her come to herself and she was brilliant in stepping up in trip.
“Like Dream of Dreams (a winner at Windsor on Monday, beating The Tin Man), there could well be targets for the them at Ascot.”