Monday 22 January 2018

Leading juvenile Mehmas to stand at Tally-Ho Stud in 2017


High-class two-year-old Mehmas will stand at Tally-Ho Stud in 2017, with the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes a likely swansong later this month.

The stud at Mullingar in County Meath, which is owned by Tony and Anne O'Callaghan, has acquired a 50 per cent share in the Acclamation colt, who has run in the colours of Al Shaqab Racing.

Trained by Richard Hannon, Mehmas has been one of the leading juveniles of his generation, winning four of his seven starts, including the Group Two July Stakes and Richmond Stakes, and finishing second in the other three.

Runner-up to Churchill in the National Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday, Mehmas is set to wind up his racing days in the six-furlong Group One at Newmarket on September 24.

Hannon said: "Mehmas has been a joy to train, has held his form all season and has been a model of consistency as you saw once again at the Curragh on Sunday.

"He also showed real grit and determination to win the Richmond at the Qatar Goodwood Festival and his racing characteristics should stand him in good stead for his stallion career."

Al Shaqab Racing's general manager Khalifa Al Attiya said: "Mehmas has given his Excellency Sheikh Joaan Al Thani a lot of pleasure this season as he always ran his heart out and we will now look forward to seeing how he performs at Tally-Ho Stud."

Roger O'Callaghan, Tally-Ho Stud manager, said: "His good looks and superb attitude on the racecourse will be a huge attribute to him as he embarks on his new career as a stallion."

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