This colt was purchased at the Osarus Yearling Sale in France and qualifies for 'French premiums'. France is well known for its lucrative system of Owners’ premiums on top of already generous prize-money. On the flat, a 2 or 3 year old can earn an extra 64% on top of the race purse, so we would expect to be taking full advantage of this!
He is the son of GEORGE VANCOUVER, who raced for Coolmore, which suggests that his outstanding genes could set him in good stead as a commercial stallion. This colt looks sharp, strong and early, in fact he has a month or two advantage over most of his age in that he was born on February 12th. His dam is by Chosir-she has produced a high class horse in Mirandola, who's highest rating was 103.
We believe that the 22,000 Euros that we paid for him provides excellent value, as we expected him to fetch a lot more and were prepared to pay higher to secure him. We have placed him with Keith Dalgleish who has done so well with our 2 year old Clem Fandango in her first season. He's the model of a horse who will have a 3 yr old career to look to, with a miler’s pedigree and his half-brother won as a 2yo over the extended mile at Windsor in September last year, so a minimum of 7f should be his requirements.
Trainer update (27th May): Has run well over 1m 2f this season and looks like he’ll get further. Keith likes runners in the NH sphere and he could make up into a dual purpose prospect in juvenile hurdles. We have stepped up in his entries to 1m 4f and he has a race at Doncaster on Friday in his diary.