December 28 2019

MAYSTAR continued his rich vein of form with a sparkling performance in the valuable Al Rayyan Stakes in Qatar on Friday 20th December and could now be heading back to the Middle East for another big assignment in the New Year.

The Hambleton Racing-owned gelding beat a competitive international field on turf in Doha to crown a magnificent year for the Saxon Gate team and our record-breaking stable jockey Hollie Doyle.

He secured the near £45,000 first prize by a comfortable three-quarters of a length from the French-trained Think Big, with another French raider Happy Bere back in third.

Hugo Palmer’s Hamish Macbeth fared best of the other British runners in fifth, one place ahead of Simon Dow’s Hector Loza with Mark Johnston’s Fuwayrit 11th of the 14 runners.

Maystar was completing a notable double after securing a place in the £150,000 3YO Final at Lingfield Park on Good Friday with a Fast Track Qualifier victory at Wolverhampton two weeks earlier.

A delighted Archie said: “Maystar put in an excellent performance under a fantastic ride from Hollie. He is an incredibly tough and consistent, improving horse and it was a much deserved success.

“I am delighted for Hambleton Racing and all of their owners who have been such great supporters of ours this year. They are a very well run syndicate and it was a fantastic win for them.”

Four times a winner this season, Maystar now looks set to head back to Qatar in February before bidding to emulate our 2018 winner Corinthia Knight at Lingfield come April.

“He’s come out of the race fresh and well and we’ll have our eyes set on returning to Doha for the Al Biddah Mile in February before the All Weather Championships at Easter,” revealed Archie.

Hambleton’s Racing Manager Helen Kinsella, who accompanied our owners at Doha, summed up the exciting success perfectly. “It’s an absolute delight to provide our owners with such a quality horse and a special experience. This is what racehorse ownership is all about – our syndicate owners are living the dream out here.”

Maystar, a son of Group 1 winning sprinter Mayson, was bought from the Tattersalls Ireland Goresbridge breeze-ups in Ireland by Tom Biggs and Archie in May for just 35,000 euros.

By Simon Mapletoft