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Mujahid rules the roost.

THE crown of Europe's champion two-year-old was awarded yesterday to Dewhurst Stakes winner Mujahid, but he heads a crop that will not be regarded as one of the best.

His final rating of 123 afforded him a narrow advantage in the International Classifications over Lujain, but he is well down the list compared to previous champions.

Mujahid, 9-1 for the 2,000 Guineas, is the third Dewhurst winner in four years to be champion two-year-old after starting at 25-1 for the Newmarket feature in October.

Mujahid's rating is the same as that achieved by Revoque two years earlier, but behind Xaar (127), Alhaarth (126) and Celtic Swing (130), among nine juveniles rated higher than 126 in the last 21 years. But that won't worry trainer John Dunlop, who also trained Elnadim, champion European sprinter for the second year, and the top-rated three-year-old filly in Leggera.

Mujahid secured the trainer's first success in the Dewhurst and Dunlop, who could not recall having topped the two-year-old classifications before, said: "I think Mujahid deserves it because he won the Dewhurst and had just the one bad race at York. I've been pleased with his progress over the winter and I think he'll start in the Craven and then go for the 2,000 Guineas."

Mujahid secured top billing by a pound from Middle Park Stakes winner Lujain, whose subsequent Dewhurst flop was ignored by the handicappers.

Bracketed together in joint third on 119 are 2,000 Guineas favourite Aljabr, Auction House, Orpen from Ireland and France's top youngster Way Of Light.

Lujain, who achieved his ranking under the care of David Loder, is now in Dubai where he is being prepared for the 1999 campaign.

But the unbeaten Aljabr is Godolphin's current main Classic hope, and racing manager Simon Crisford said: "We are delighted with the way Aljabr is progressing."

Crisford added: "We have a very promising bunch of three-year-olds, a lot of them maiden winners who we hope will go on to develop, and we will be holding our usual trials before we return to England.

"Lujain's run in the Dewhurst was too bad to be true and he has obviously been assessed on his Middle Park win. The question now is whether we keep him to sprint distances. The feeling is that a mile may be stretching him a bit far."

The two-year-old handicapper, Matthew Tester, said: "Mujahid's performance was not such a surprise. Having talked to connections on the morning of the race, I had every confidence he would play a part in the finish.

"Auction House, Stravinsky and Raise A Grand had already established good marks prior to the race, so forgiving Mujahid his run at York made the Dewhurst not a surprise result.

"The sadness of the race was Lujain's performance. I was excited by the Lujain we saw in the Middle Park and just sorry it wasn't the same horse that ran in the Dewhurst."

Newmarket, May 1 Sagitta Two Thousand Guineas

CHANDLER CORAL HILLS LADBROKES STANLEY SURREY TOTE

Aljabr 7 5 5 6 5 6 6

Mujahid 9 8 7 8 7 8 7

Stravinsky 12 10 10 10 10 10 10

Black Rock Desert 16 14 12 10 12 14 12

Orpen 12 14 14 10 16 14 14

Enrique 16 12 10 12 12 14 14

Josr Algarhoud 16 14 14 16 14 12 14

Commander Collins 14 12 10 12 12 16 10

Newmarket, May 2, Sagitta One Thousand Guineas

CHANDLER CORAL HILLS LADBROKES STANLEY SURREY TOTE

Bint Allayl 5 4 5 5 9-2 5 5

Bionic 6 5 5 7 6 11-2 5

Etizaaz 16 16 14 14 16 16 12

Kareymah 20 16 20 16 16 16 20

Moiava 12 20 12 12 14 16 12

Edabiya 20 20 20 20 20 16 20

Sunspangled 20 20 20 20 20 25 20

Calando 20 20 25 20 20 20 25

Epsom, June 5, Vodafone Derby

CHANDLER CORAL HILLS LADBROKES STANLEY SURREY TOTE

Commander Collins 10 8 10 10 9 10 10

Dubai Millenium 16 16 16 16 16 14 20

Beinamado 25 14 - 20 16 14 25

Rhagaas 16 20 16 20 25 25 25

Aljabr 14 20 16 20 16 20 25

Stravinsky - 20 25 - - - -

Montjeu 25 - 25 - 25 25 -

Way Of Light 33 33 25 - 25 33 -
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Lees, Jon
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 13, 1999
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