Purchased at the Arqana breeze up sale, this colt is by DABIRSIM and is 'French Owner Premium' qualified.
The Breeze-Ups are fantastic, they afford you such an edge. You can view your prospective purchase in full flight and can almost see inside the horse's mind, during his breeze, before you have to part with a penny. Furthermore, the timescale between purchase and racing the individual is very short, as a rule; out goes the usual Autumn and Winter hiatus. Because not all horses are capable of coping, you also are guaranteed to be purchasing a horse who can withstand the rigours of the breaking and pre training process, as well as galloping in front of you, at speed. These days, one can even see the times that your purchase clocks over each of its galloping furlongs.
It's little surprise therefore, that we've enjoyed huge success at Middleham Park, with our breeze ups horses over the years. In fact, a recent Racing Post article, highlighting how successful breeze up graduates have been at Group race level, summarised the horses into around a dozen top class, headline acts. Most notably, to us, Middleham Park had two representatives in there of the highlighted dozen, in the form of Group 1 winning VENTURA STORM and the Group 2 winning and Group 1 2nd, DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT. Considering the tiny, tiny percentage of Breeze Ups horses that MPR have owned, to have 2 of the top dozen, represents some achievement, in our opinion.
Along with Bloodstock agent Ross Doyle, we narrowed our search at Arqana, this week, to two horses that we'd like to bring home for Richard Hannon to train. So, we were delighted when we were able to secure the first of them, this fantastic son of the up and coming Dabirsim, lot 12 in the sale of 167 2yo's. He breezed in a very very quick time, displaying fractions that got better and better, compared with his contemporaries. He actually posted the 8th quickest time over the 2.25-furlong course, out of the 167 horses catalogued for the sale. This represents a fantastic achievement, given this colt is bred to excel over 7f and a mile, in time. Wherever he sits in the time division of the breezes, 2.25 furlongs definitely wouldn't reflect a miler, playing at home. You can mark up his performance significantly, we'd suggest. Bear in mind too, that Arqana is, arguably the season's Premier Breeze Up Sale; there's plenty of anecdotal evidence from vendors, that they've targeted Arqana this year with their very best horses. He competed, in his breeze, in a very deep cohort. He shows a tough as teak attitude in his breeze and has a fantastically long stride to boot, although his gait speed is considerable too. He possesses all the hallmarks, in his breeze, of a very classy individual, or certainly the hallmarks that we look for in our breeze up purchases, which has served us so well, as alluded to by The Racing Post article. We had to dig deep, at €95,000 to secure him, but we were determined to bring him home.
We're huge fans of the stallion DABIRSIM, he was an unbeaten, dual Group 1 winning 2yo over 6f and 7f and he's imparting both speed and class into his progeny. Read more about his sire here: http://www.harasdegrandcamp.com/etalons/indexdabirsim.html. His progeny improve too with time, rather perversely, and the dam's side of this pedigree emanates both class and speed. On balance, we feel this stunning colt, with a fantastic walk in his slower paces, will peak at a mile next year, but should be winning quality races this season too. Most top-class Hannon horses are milers, top middle-distance horses are generally too expensive to purchase, so being bred to be best at around a mile should suit the Hannon regime perfectly.
Both Richard and his assistant trainer Tom Ward, were equally eulogising about this exceptional colt when then first saw him, and it's been very rare to see either person as excited when viewing a potential, new horse. Perhaps they are both being buoyed by the fact that we have two, what we believe are, very talented unraced 2yo Dabirsim colt's with Richard already. Both horses receive regular upbeat bulletins; one, LEXINGTON FORCE was singled out in Richard's April, Racing Post Stable Tour, as one to follow (he only chose to mention around half a dozen of his 150 or so 2yo's). Our other Dabirsim colt, is VENTURA BOUNTY who stretches his would-be star quality legs, on Richard's East Everleigh gallops, each morning. These two horses cost €90,000 and €98,000 respectively and rest assured, they both possess a very sizeable engine. Both were purchased in France, as is the case with this colt, and given the genes from his very talented dam, Silent Sunday; she was a black type performer and she's already produced horses rated as high as 104, there is every reason to believe that we could be set for some Group class racing, ourselves, with this fantastically bred, superb moving and tenacious looking individual.
The breeze ups afford us an opportunity not only to look at the pedigree and the horse, but also the opportunity to have a look, in the form of the breeze, at what's under the bonnet. Ross Doyle, Richard Hannon and ourselves, believe it could be a very sizeable, possibly turbocharged engine! Let's hope, anyway!
Trainer Update: He has settled in to his new home very well. Richard is very pleased with what he sees and asked Pat Dobbs to sit on him this week and to give him a blow out - Pat reported that he liked the way he moved and said that he "looks like a racehorse"! We are in the process of naming him and Richard is confident that he has seen enough already for him to be entered to debut. We will now look for the right race for him.