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Qaffaal (USA) Eight times winning yard favourite

Qaffaal at York, May 2018

Relaxing in the paddock

Ridden by Joanna Mason on the uphill gallop

Qaffaal and Holiday Magic enjoying time in the paddock, August 2017

Calam, Holdsworth & Laura Mason Syndicate

GENDER: gelding


FOALED: 2011

SIRE: Street Cry
DAM: Wasseema

BREEDER: Shadwell Stud

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PURCHASED: Doncaster September Sale 2014

RACING OWNER: Calam, Holdsworth & Laura Mason Syndicate

TRAINER: MW Easterby (Sheriff Hutton)


RACES: 47 WINS: 8 2ND: 6 3RD: 6

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Qaffaal's Story

Qaffaal joined the yard in September 2014 from Goffs Sales. Purchased as a jumper, he made his first racecourse appearance in a junior 'bumper' at Newcastle where he finished fifth.

It was clear that he had the speed for the flat and he raced on the level in 2015, his first victory coming in the 'Somerset Cheddar Handicap' over seven furlongs at Thirsk in July off a mark of 60.

It was on the all weather that Qaffaal would come into his own, first winning on the sand at Wolverhampton in April 2016. Back on the turf he won at Musselburgh before hitting form at the end of the season when he ran off an all-weather hat-trick of wins, scoring firstly at Newcastle and then twice at Chelmsford.

Qaffaal loved the surface at Chelmsford City and his final two victories would come at the Essex track. His form at Chelmsford was astounding, winning three times with two seconds and three thirds from 11 visits. He was probably a stone better horse at Chelmsford than anywhere else.

A firm favourite with the staff, he particularly had captured the heart of head lad Mark Cobb. He was a horse who didn't have a bad bone in his body, always impeccably behaved and a flagship for the yard.

Qaffaal's final race came at Wolverhampton in March 2019, finishing fourth in the Lincoln Trial at Wolverhampton, and receiving a Racing Post rating of 97, the second highest in his 47 race career.

It was just a few days later that Qaffaal's career was to be cut tragically short. After a morning canter up the hill, a canter he would do each morning whilst in training, he suffered a heart attack whilst walking back to the yard. A gentleman to the end, he went down gently, giving rider Serena Brotherton chance to get off safely, before taking his final breath.

A character who will be sadly missed, Qaffaal signed off with eight career wins, 14 places and almost £90,000 in prizemoney.

Rest in Peace old lad.

Racehorse video


31/05/18 Harrison Shaw lands a stunning Chelmsford double

21/02/18 Nathan Evans returns to the saddle

13/03/17 Qaffaal a Chelmsford City winner for Ryan Moore

08/12/16 Qaffaal denied four timer by a whisker

Race wins

Date Race Jockey Racecourse

31/05/18 Double Delight Hat-trick Heaven At Totesport.com Handicap 7f Harrison Shaw Chelmsford City

13/03/17 Cheltenham Free Bets For Fallers Handicap 1m Ryan Moore Chelmsford City

01/12/16 totetrifecta Pick The 1,2,3 Handicap 1m Graham Gibbons Chelmsford City

29/10/16 totepool Live Info Download The App Handicap 1m Graham Gibbons Chelmsford City

29/09/16 Qlik Handicap 1m 5y Graham Gibbons Newcastle

27/05/16 Bernard Hunter Crane Hire Handicap 7f Nathan Evans Musselburgh

16/04/16 Followus On Twitter At WolvesRaces Handicap 1m 110y Graham Gibbons Wolverhampton

01/07/15 Somerset Cheddar Handicap 7f Graham Gibbons Thirsk

Qaffaal: Three generation pedigree


bay gelding

Street Cry (IRE) Machiavellian (USA) Mr Prospector (USA)
Coup de Folie (USA)
Helen Street Troy
Waterway (FR)
Wasseema (USA) Danzig (USA) Northern Dancer (CAN)
Pas de Nom (USA)
Vantive (USA) Mr Prospector (USA)
Embellished (USA)

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Qaffaal and Josh Quinn on the flat gallop, December 2018

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