Equiano ex Love Action colt
Purchased at the Tattersalls Ireland Yearling sale, this colt is by EQUIANO. Read more about his sire here: http://www.newsells-park.com/equiano/conformation
Tattersalls reported - "Lot 348; The son of Love Action (Motivator) is bought by Middleham Park Racing for €62,000. He is a February-born colt by Equiano and was sold by Gaynestown Stud. He is a half-brother to two multiple winners, and a full-brother to Hidden Affair, a two-time winner at three. Love Action is a daughter of Speciale (War Chant), a Listed winner as a juvenile in France, and from the family of Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon Invitational Handicap winner Aube Indienne and the Group 2-winning Mare Nostrum. She is the dam of the Group 1 and Grade 1 winner, Erupt. The colt was a 16,000gns purchase last December by Peter & Ross Doyle Bloodstock from Pineapple Stud.”
Here’s a fantastic specimen; just look at the athletic length, but strength that there is on him, from his photos and the video of his walk. He has the look of a quality 2yo already and given he’s by the super-fast, Kings Stand winner Equiano, sire of the top class horses The Tin Man, Dakota Gold, Silent Venture and Desert Force, to name but a few, we can already dream of some heady days ahead.
He hails from a family of 14 black type performers no less, and he’s from a Motivator mare who has already produced two 90 rated performers, including a full brother to this colt named Hidden Blitz, who is now in Hong Kong. He debuted over 6f as a 2yo and did his winning over 7f and another of his siblings, Among Angels, won as a 2yo in May before running in the Windsor Castle.
What we really liked about this colt at the sales, was his size and scope for future development. He’s just fits the Mark Johnston bill perfectly. We see him as a very well put together individual, who will be perfectly effective as a 2yo, but who has such great size and scope for his 3yo career too.
We were pleasantly surprised at the hammer price too, i.e. €62,000, given there was some fierce opposition in for him, but we were lucky enough for the hammer to fall in our favour. The last time we purchased from Jonathan Fogarty’s Gaynestown Stud, we purchased the 98 rated MOVE OVER, who actually performed at Group 2 level for us as a 2yo, before being sold to race in the USA, and we’d be delighted to think that this stunning colt, in conjunction with Mark Johnston’s talents, could emulate that kind of level of performance in 2020 and beyond.
He looks the perfect balance of 2yo and 3yo so representational the ideal 2 year project, through to October 2021.
He is PLUS 10 BONUS registered. Read more about that here: https://www.plus10bonus.com/
PEDIGREE UPDATE: Belvoir Bay by Equiano, wins the GI Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita "obliterating the course record." Read the story here: http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/equinaos-belvoir-bay-wires-the-bc-turf-sprint/
View his VIDEOS in the gallery.
Trainer report (12th May): Charlie reports that he had his 2nd gallop and he went nicely under Paul Mulrennan. He won this gallop and Charlie described him as going well.
Watch him here working upsides (nearside):
He caught the eye at our recent owners stable visit and looks to be doing everything very easily so far. For the 2 year old's, this is their main education period during their life and it's business as usual for them and Mark will be asking him a few more questions in the coming weeks. He is a really good sized horse who, everyone that has dealings with, seems to fall in love with!