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Mishriff Recovery On Track, to Begin Stud Duty in March

Prince Faisal's Saudi Cup winner has been on show at Route des Etalons.

Mishriff and Frankie Dettori train at Keeneland Race Course ahead of the 2022 Breeders' Cup

Mishriff and Frankie Dettori train at Keeneland Race Course ahead of the 2022 Breeders' Cup

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Mishriff  has recovered well from the minor injury reported at the start of the month and remains on course to take up his first season's covering duties in mid-March at Sumbe's Haras de Montfort et Preaux in Normandy, France. 

Mishriff was in heavy demand on the opening day of the Route des Etalons stallion trail, with the stud management happy to show the son of Make Believe to breeders and media alike inside his spacious box. 

When the issue was first reported on Jan. 3, the prognosis was for only a minor delay to stud duties while the multi-millionaire winner of three international group 1s—as well as the richly endowed Saudi Cup—took in some stall rest.

The John and Thady Gosden pupil retired after his last start Nov. 5 in the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1T) at Keeneland, where he finished fourth. He earned over $16 million over four years and collected a record of 7-4-3 in 21 starts, ten of which were finishes on the board in graded stakes contests.

In 2020 he was awarded the European, England, and France Highweighted Individual and in 2021 the Highweighted Older Horse for the United Arab Emirates, England, and Europe.

Sumbe's Mathieu Le Forestier said: "Everything is on schedule for him to start covering mares in mid-March.

"He has excellent tissue, which has aided his recovery, and everything has gone according to plan."

Sumbe reports that the overwhelming majority of breeders planning to use Mishriff have been happy to wait on his recovery. 

"Pretty much everyone has kept the faith and we have no worries on that score," said Le Forestier.

Among the mares set for a date with Mishriff is dual group 3 winner Oscula, who the 6-year-old's owner-breeder Prince Faisal purchased at Tattersalls in December for 1,000,000gns (US$1,054,085) and who is already on site in Normandy. 

Mishriff, who will cover his first book at a fee of €20,000 ($21,708), is out of Prince Faisal's homebred Raven's Pass mare Contradict, whose third dam Rafha won the 1990 Prix de Diane Hermes-French Oaks (G1) in the famous maroon colors and went on to produce a pair of outstanding stallion sons in Invincible Spirit and Kodiac