On our latest stable visit to Michael's, he showed us a horse that he had recently come up for sale, as the owner had to pull out due to personal reasons.
When we saw this FIRST DEFENCE colt, we were really impressed even before Michael waxed lyrical about him. He's a lovely big athletic 2 year old with a superb walk. Apparently he has improved enormously since he's been in training and is really thriving. His looks are one thing, but his best attribute is his movement during his faster paces as he has a lovely big stride and is extremely well balanced.
Michael loves everything about him and says he has an exemplary attitude and he wouldn't hesitate in recommending him.
His has an American pedigree with bold black type littered right through it. First Defence has a really good record as a Sire and incredibly, has a 50% strike rate of winners to runners in stakes races in Europe. His Sire is Unbridled's Song - a fantastic stallion who recently produced Arrogate, one of the best horses we've ever seen. The mare was a decent racehorse in her own right and has produced 2 winners out of her first 3 foals.
We've had an association with Michael for several years now and this is the first time he has shown us a horse for sale in his stable that he would recommend, so we should take note!
Latest Trainer Update: "He is coming to hand nicely. He is a big colt, that moves well and we will start to step up his workload later in the month. He is a fine easy moving colt who will make a summer two-year-old starting over seven furlongs. He is a medium to long term project, a very nice horse and I am very happy with him."