German bred horses are renowned for improving with time and education and as they progress with age, they have a tendency to make up into high-class middle-distance horses who can develop into fine National Hunt, jumping stock too. Sir Mark Prescott is also renowned for bringing along steadily, his 2yo’s, who subsequently win multiple 3yo and 4yo races. Many of his inmates, such as Inglis Drever, go on to make high class horses over obstacles too. This horse and Sir Mark, seem the perfect fit.
Here, you can read about his sire, Melbourne Cup winner PROTECTIONIST.
Ace Bloodstock agent Jeremy Brummitt, who has worked alongside Sir Mark for donkeys’ years, was charged with the task of finding us a yearling, with progressive, and potentially top class, staying potential for 2023. Jeremy rarely courts fashion with his Bloodstock purchases, he avoids it like the plague to be honest, preferring to invest the spend into the horses and their physique, combined with a thoroughly sensible pedigree to boot. Furthermore, we’ve found, in the past, that there can be exceptional value to be had at the BBAG German Premier Yearling Sale. Why is this the case? Germany is much less vendor/purchaser based, given that most owners who race in Germany, breed themselves. Only a tiny proportion of German horses go through the ring. In addition, the myriad of would-be purchasers and agents across Europe do not attend the German held sales, given that the vast majority of agents’ orders are for sharp, precocious individuals who can be revved up for a busy 2yo campaign, in their first year. These factors combined, lead to exceptional value to be had via the German Sales’ market.
Jeremy was most enamoured by this lovely colt. He’s by a young stallion who Jeremy admires, who had the favourites for both the German Derby and Oaks, in his first 3yo season of having runners. Our broodmare’s family has a lovely staying, but speedy staying blood and our colt should be fully effective as a 3yo in the middle-distance races that the master of Heath House, Sir Mark Prescott excels with.
Watch his walk here:
You can also see a video of him going through his paces in the ring, in the gallery.
He came in on a very sensible budget of €22,000; we’d given Jeremy a potential spend of up to £50,000, and he’d have been prepared to spend that (or, the euro equivalent, of course) on this colt for us, so therein lies a statement of value and intent in itself. Exceptional value, that could lead to a high degree of success on track could easily be in the offing for this fabulous, striking son of Protectionist.
Here's a video of him parading at home during our last stable visit:
Racing update: A typical Sir Mark Prescott ‘project’ horse, who is set up, in theory, to run up a winning sequence in 2023. Starts life off a mark of 63 for 2023 and it’d be no surprise if he were to run up a sequence, like one of our previous Heath House incumbents TIMOSHENKO - who won 5 in a row and landed the big Goodwood festival 2m4f handicap the following season. These sorts of horses tend to sell well abroad, at the end of their 3yo or 4yo careers too, because they stay middle distances well; they either go on to race in Australia or over National Hunt rules at home or Ireland. He has the perfect physique for either of these missions. He’s been gelded since his most recent run to help us eke out every ounce of improvement in his performances from hereon in. In Sir Mark we trust!