Written on 02/24/2020
Paul George

Knightshayes was in fact one of Paul's very first winners when making a successful and extremely impressive racecourse debut as a two-year-old in August 2018, on the grass at Lingfield over seven-furlongs.

On that occasion she quickened up stylishly to beat a couple of likely types from the Ralph Beckett and Richard Hannon stables; indeed, the Hannon horse has since proven her mettle in Grade-3 company in the US. Knightshayes continued to show smart form in a handful of runs later that season, including when third in a warm conditions event at Leicester behind the Grp-3 placed Come On Leicester.

She confirmed that she had trained on from two to three when third again at Leicester in May of last year, before unfortunately pulling a shoe off coming out of the stalls at Newbury on her next start. She pulled a muscle in her back as a result and had to miss the rest of the season, but has since been nurtured back to full health and is being prepared to return to the track in March time.

Knightshayes is a member of the first crop of the Grp-1 Eclipse Stakes winner Mukhadram. Numerous other winners emerged from the sire's early runners, including the US Grade-3 winner A Bit Special and the 102-rated Jahbath, whilst he enjoyed Listed success with Romsey last year. The stallion's progeny are proving themselves to be tough, classy and consistent, and they are improving with age just as Mukhadram did himself.

It is entirely possible that Knightshayes can add herself to Mukhadram's black-type roll of honour in due course, as she is being prepared to tackle fillies' Listed events during the 2020 season.

She has already shown huge amounts of promise, remains very lightly-raced after just seven career starts, and has great potential for the 2020 season.