Curragh - Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sales Stakes
Purchased at the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale, this colt is by DANDY MAN. He is 'Plus 10 Bonus' registered. Read about the benefits here: https://www.plus10bonus.com/
We love Dandy Man as a sire, residing at Joe Foley's Ballyhane Stud in Ireland. We've had many a good horse by him at Middleham Park and this hardy and tough looking colt looks like a sharp and precocious 2yo, hopefully an early season winner for 2019. He's a great sire of fast and very talented 2yo's, notably the Grade 1 winning 2yo La Pelosa, who finished second in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot. Here's a great interview with Joe Foley on Dandy Man: http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/lifes-just-dandy-for-foley/#.W7MPRBAPoGI.twitter
Our colt is from a very fast family, the mare Imelda Mayhem won twice as a 2yo over Sprint distances and her first progeny is already a winner as a 2yo in 2018, so there really shouldn't be too much hanging around, waiting for this colt. He has the look of the perfect horse to get involved with, especially if you are looking for regular 2yo action, just possibly at the highest level. Take a look at his sales video on this page. We had to dig fairly deep at the sales to secure him for €55,000, but hopefully our faith and investment will be rewarded.
Early races like the Brian Yeardley Conditions race, the 5f listed National Stakes, the Windsor Castle or Norfolk Stakes spring to mind as potential targets for the first half of 2019 for our colt. Michael Bell is a fabulous trainer of 2yo's, he's already trained a Coventry Stakes winner in Art Connoisseur and his current stable star is 2018 European Champion 2yo filly Pretty Pollyanna. Here's a feature on Michael and his star filly: http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/bell-sitting-pretty-as-stable-stars-return/. Our Dandy Man colt is in great hands!
There's no hiding Michael's enthusiasm for this colt. He describes him as a great mover who has a fabulous attitude. We bought him from Ballyhane, who we've had plenty of success buying from over the years, and Joe Foley there, made no secret of what a good mover this colt is. Let's hope he makes up into a good racehorse. At the moment, we very much look like being the sort of horse that will be in regular action as a 2yo.
He has been named TOMMY COOPER, after the late legendary comedian. The family kindly gave us permission and Tommy's daughter would like to come racing when this colt runs. The owner who named him says: "The reason I named the horse Tommy Cooper, is that great legends should be remembered. It seems to me, that all the great comedians loved Tommy. In March two years’ time, it would have been his 100th Birthday. Hoping they put a nice lunch on to mark the occasion in London. Let’s hope the horse is as good as he was. It would be nice if his daughter Victoria, known as Vicky, came to the races, sometime. She is very pleased to have the horse, in her father’s name. Let’s hope she also gets some enjoyment out of it, after all that’s what it is all about. Remembering her Dad, you only get one."
Michael has entered him in the €300,000 6f Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sales Stakes (Plus 10 Race), on Sunday 15th September at The Curragh.