Purchased at the Goffs Premier Yearling Sale, this colt is by CAMACHO, who stands at the renowned Yeomanstown Stud. Described as "the proven source of stakes winning sprinters and two year old's": http://yeomanstown.ie/site/stallions/camacho/
At Middleham Park, we pride ourselves on searching for and sourcing value for money horses for our owners and we are confident we have fulfilled those criteria with this fabulous chestnut colt by Camacho. We use a number of highly reputable bloodstock agents and generally operate at the sales in conjunction with these agents. However we love to source occasional horses from contacts that we have amongst vendors who make recommendations to us should a horse particularly catch our eye. This lovely, free moving colt was one of a number of horses that we sourced ourselves, he didn't appear on any agents' lists but really took our eye when we were viewing at the Doncaster Sales complex. When we first saw him, we described him as "a golden nugget" such was the impression he left with us. We viewed him again the next day and loved him just as much and he simply stood out in the parade ring immediately prior to his sale, as a high class specimen who we were really keen to buy. We decided to bid up to what we would describe as sensible money and we were delighted for the hammer to come down in our favour. As the hammer went down at £24,000 we obviously secured the purchase of the horse, but we didn't have a trainer in mind for him, we were simply buying what we thought was a very nice colt; decisions like who would train him would come later.
However, immediately after the hammer went down, literally as we were signing the documents to legalise the purchase, Tim Easterby approached us and said he'd noticed we were bidding on the horse and although he wanted to buy the horse for himself, he did not want to bid against us. He said he thought we had purchased a lovely colt which he valued at around £30,000. It was at this point that the idea of Tim Easterby training the horse came into our mind. He's just the sort of horse that Tim has done well for us with e.g Collateral Damage, Ventura Mist and Captain Dunne to name a few. We were delighted to offer Tim the opportunity to train him for us and Tim was equally delighted to accept.
We feel we have picked up a real bargain here, probably because he did not appear on any agents' lists for high rolling clients; however it is particularly reassuring that our own opinion on this horse is backed up by Tim Easterby's opinion too. If a horseman like Tim believes this colt will make a racehorse, then we have to admit to feeling slightly flattered that we do too.
He has grown into a fine horse at home, with some great scope to him. Tim has backed off him for the time being, as he needs a little more time to grow into his large frame. He definitely has ability and will give us some great fun. He has been going very well at home and will be winning races from what Tim has seen and he says that "he has a bombproof temperament and a great action on him".
Pedigree Update: CAMACHO had his first Group 1 and Classic winner, with Teppal, winning the French 1,000 Guineas.
Syndicate manager update: Despite being from the very best sale for 2yo winners, Ideal Option's impressive and quite sizeable physique has slightly slowed his progress down. To date he hasn't raced due to one or two minor hiccups. This time last year, Raymond Tusk - now a Listed and Group 2 winner for us - had experienced precisely the same growing pains. Ideal Option is cantering and in steady work in a build up for his 3yo career, which will commence in January all being well. Bred to be very talented indeed, he could easily make up for lost time in 2019.