August 18 2018

Juvenile filly Shumookhi powered to victory in the Listed Byerley Stud Stakes at Newbury on Friday (17th August) to clinch the stable’s fourth stakes win of the season, and our second in the space of only three days.

The daughter of Society Rock dominated the five-furlong contest, traditionally known as the St Hugh’s Stakes, to join a 2018 roll of honour featuring Corinthia Knight (Prix Montenica, Chantilly), Soldier’s Call (Windsor Castle Stakes, Royal Ascot) and Snowy Winter (Hurry Harriet Stakes, Gowran Park).

Shumookhi made every yard of the running under Oisin Murphy, racing up the centre of the track to put three lengths between herself and runner-up Heartwarming – a Mill Reef Stakes and Cheveley Park Stakes entry – at the line.

Her success follows a highly creditable third in the Group 3 Prix du Bois at Deauville and a close second in the Listed Prix des Reves d’Or – Jacques Bouchara at Vichy in July. She also ran with credit in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot.

That’s some achievement for a filly who cost only £11,000 from the Tattersalls Ireland Ascot Breeze-up Sale – another shrewd purchase by Tom Biggs of Blandford Bloodstock.

Now Archie may step the chestnut filly up in grade in September with a date at Doncaster’s St Leger Festival high on the agenda. “She will more than likely go for the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes at Town Moor but we also have the Group 3 Prix D’Arenburg at Chantilly as an option early next month,” he says.

“She’s been so consistent since winning her novice at Catterick in May. Her latest success highlights our strong affinity with the late stallion Society Rock, who has sired notable winners for the stable including Corinthia Knight, So Hi Society, Quiet Endeavour, Quiet Waters, Fognini and Gratified.”

Shumookhi’s victory at Newbury also helped the stable to achieve our first ever treble, with Anycity winning first time out at Chelmsford City and recent claim Capla Gilda scoring for the second time in three starts at Catterick.

By Simon Mapletoft