Ever since we first sent Mark Johnston a horse, he's managed to win with each and every horse that we have sent to race, to date. His attention to detail, means he unearths every ounce of ability that a thoroughbred may possess. Latterly, Mark has trained the Group 3 winning and Richmond Stakes placed horse MARIE'S DIAMOND for us in 2018, having trained the 104 rated, 4-time winning juvenile VENTURA KNIGHT for us, the year before. So, it is with great relish that we have sent him more 2yo's this season, including, what we believe to be, this fantastic purchase for just 32,000gns from Europe's Premier Breeze Up Sale, April's Tattersalls Craven Sale, where every horse sold, qualifies for the £15,000 breeze up bonus. This essentially means, that should this filly win any class 4 maiden or novice this season, in addition to the regulation prize money she earns, Tattersalls will gift her owners a £15,000 Bonus cheque. With a filly costing 32,000gns, the cheque from Tattersalls, plus the normal prize money earned in winning, pretty much covers two thirds of her purchase price, in one fell swoop.
This filly's pedigree looks fantastic, hailing from the family of Postponed, Gusto, Gale Force Ten and Auld Burns and being by the vastly underrated, young sire, Farhh. Farhh is responsible for Mark Johnston's Derby 2nd and recent winner of the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes and the Group 3 Henry II Stakes at Sandown; Dee Ex Bee, as well as Tim Easterby's high class Wells Farhh Go and Richard Hannon's *King Of Change. The link with Mark and the sire, is the precise reason we selected Mark to be her trainer. It seemed the perfect fit. Read about her sire here: https://www.darleyeurope.com/stallions/our-stallions/farhh
Our filly is bred to improve with age, as she matures, and her pedigree suggests, that distances of a mile and beyond will see her at her best, probably next season. However, she is very much a horse to crack on with now though, and we'll be specifically targeting the £15,000 Bonus races with her as a 2yo.
This beautiful, long striding filly performed a fantastic breeze and came highly recommend by her vendor. As she settles into life at Kingsley Park, we feel sure we'll notice significant improvement in her physically and hopefully, we'll see her progress through the novice ranks to become a high-class performer in 2019 and beyond.
PEDIGREE UPDATES: KING OF CHANGE - Winner of the Group 1 QEII Stakes, the British Champions Mile race on British Champions Day at Ascot. MOVE SWIFTLY - Winner of the Group 2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The Racing Post published a story on the recent success of Farhh progeny. Read it here: https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/bloodstock-latest/lack-of-numbers-no-bar-to-subfertile-farrh-s-fine-start-as-a-stallion/380427
Trainer Update (7th November): A very pleasing introduction for her last evening at Kempton, to take 6th, in what looked like a pretty warm race! We think there will be plenty of winners to come out of it. Her jockey PJ McDonald said she travelled nicely through the race but was very green when she came off the bridle. As we thought beforehand, the 3 horses that had run before put their experience to good use and filled the first 3 places and 2 very well bred and costly fillies by Dubawi and Frankel finished ahead of her. She looks like she’ll make up into a lovely staying 3yo over at least a mile and a half next season. The plan is to run a couple more times on the All Weather and then put her away until the races over a longer trips are available to her next year. We think that she showed enough yesterday to say that she can win a novice and we are sure we can find an easier race for her, in terms of opposition, than yesterday’s.
She is a beautiful looking filly and this was a promising start to her racing career (we have added a video of her in the parade ring in the gallery.)