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Muhaarar Wins Gr1 Prix Maurice de Gheest
Muhaarar became the first British trained horse since Dayjur in 1990 to win three Gr1 sprints in a season when landing the Prix Maurice de Gheest (6.5 furlongs) at Deauville overnight. While Dayjur achieved his hat-trick with victories in the Nunthorpe Stakes, Haydock Sprint Cup and Prix de l'Abbaye, Muhaarar, who coincidentally like Dayjur is owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum, added the De Gheest to his top-flight wins in the Commonwealth Cup and July Cup. "When I saw him in the same sentence as Dayjur in the Racing Post I said, 'It's nice to even be considered in the same sentence.' I think now he is proven with three Group 1s and hopefully there are couple more to come this year," trainer Charlie Hills said. "We will see how he comes out of this race but the obvious race is the Haydock Sprint Cup." Just like in the July Cup at Newmarket, it was only in the final furlong that Muhaarar got the better of his rivals drawing clear late to win by 0.5-length over 5YO mare Esoterique (Danehill Dancer-Dievotchka, by Dancing Brave) & 7YO Irish-bred gelding Gordon Lord Byron (Byron-Boa Estrela, by Intikhab). Muhaarar took his record to 6 wins and 3 placings from 10 starts.