We'd like to think we bring here, the perfect racehorse ownership opportunity. Purchased at the Arqana Breeze Up Sale* in France, this attractive, tough, very correct and sound filly who breezed exceptionally well, with a great stride, head carriage and tenacity, also has a pedigree to die for. *The winning filly of the French 1,000 Guineas, Teppal was purchased from this same sale last year.
Her pedigree is exceptional; by a three time Group 1 winning son of Invincible Spirit (out of a Montjeu mare) in CHARM SPIRIT and she is out of a mare who has been afforded very few real opportunities to produce a good horse, yet she has already produced two black type performers (Listed and Group race performers) on her CV, including the 111 rated (Timeform 112) Morache Music who was placed at Group 3 level. The mare is also closely related to High Standing who finished 3rd in the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest.
Charm Spirit (Timeform 127) is far and away the most classically bred stallion our filly's mare has visited, so it was little surprise that at a recent breeze up sale, Ger Kennedy of Sherborne Lodge, pinpointed her as a filly that was upcoming for sale at the Arqana Breeze Up sale and a filly that we should particularly look out for. Charm Spirit was a high class 2yo himself but progressed at 3 to win the French 2000 Guineas (Gp1), the Prix Jean Prat (Gp1) and The QEII (Gp1) at Ascot. Read his biography here: https://tweenhills.com/stallions/charm-spirit/
When we bought her, Charm Spirit had yet to sire a winner; he is now second in the 1st crop sires table. He looks a bit of a stallion find, by Tweenhills and you could make a case for him being a stallion to really get excited about. There's a solid case to make too, to suggest that he could be the best of the stallions the mare has been to, however time will tell.
Our filly, clearly bred in the purple, comes highly recommended as, and is bred to be, a very talented filly indeed. She is Ger's "star filly of the breeze up season," no less and one who is ready to 'rock and roll', as they say. She hails from the family of the USA Stakes performer and Group performer Promptly and the Italian Group 3 horse Reinaldo. As we've covered, Charm Spirit is the first regally bred stallion the mare of our filly has visited, so there's every reason to believe she could become her mare's very best progeny, to date. Charm Spirit's €20,000 nomination would considerably exceed the cover prices of this mare's previous matings.
Our filly has a fantastic physique, with a good size, deep withers and a bit of length about her too; she's not just a one trick 2yo pony who will run out of gas, she's very much one for both her 2yo and 3yo careers too. Her breeze demonstrated outstanding attributes and her stretch on the stride was exemplary (see the breeze video to the right). She looks speedy to us, but we can see her staying a mile in time. Her consignor regards her as "very fit and very talented."
She is in training with Richard Hannon, who has done superbly well with his speedy, as well as his miler fillies in recent years; notably Tiggy Wiggy, Maureen, Sky Lantern our own Great Page, Esentepe and most recently Wedding Date, plus of course, the 2018 1000 Guineas winner Billesdon Brook. There is absolutely no reason to believe that this filly cannot follow in any of their footsteps. Ross Doyle, of Peter and Ross Doyle Bloodstock, who bought the filly on our behalf has said of her "she performed a great breeze and looks just the sort to thrive under Richard Hannon's tuition."
Whenever we purchase a horse for Richard to train, we have an eye on listed and pattern races in our mind and there's every reason to believe that this outstanding purchase at €75,000 (plus sales house and agent's commissions,) ticks those sort of black type boxes, perfectly well. Both her sire and her dam have it on their CV and there's every reason to believe that our filly will have it too, before long! She'll be a valuable commodity, were that to happen.
She's got a great page, her sire is performing amazingly well already, she's got plenty of ability and she's very much big enough to make a 3 year old too.
Syndicate manager update: She is a super fast filly who remains very lightly raced. She took a little while to calm down after the breeze ups, but she's very much going the right way. She looks like all surfaces will suit her and she could be very hard to beat against her contemporaries next season. Her pedigree suggests she'll improve significantly as a 3yo and we're really excited about how high up the ladder she can climb.