York - Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes
Purchased at THE sale for 2 year old's; the Goffs Premier Yearling Sale, this colt is by IVAWOOD. Read about his sire here: https://coolmore.com/farms/ireland/stallions/ivawood
When anyone talks of 2yo trainers, the words Richard and Hannon very much spring to mind, be it Richard Senior or Richard Junior. They've both made a fantastic career from acquiring relatively inexpensive (for their generation), horses and winning with them at all sorts of levels. Ivawood, a son of the very speedy 2yo Zebedee (trained by the Hannon's) was a fast and precocious 2yo winning both the July Stakes and Richmond Stakes. His first crop of offspring are now yearlings and hence are due to race in 2019. From those that we have seen at the yearling sales, they look precisely like you'd want them to look i.e. sharp and precocious. Our colt here, is every inch a 2yo for 2019 who ought to debut a month or so before Royal Ascot, but he is bred to improve, from his dam line in particular, as the season progresses. Much of his pedigree is that of a miler; he's a superb blend of 2yo speed with 1m class genes. There's a whole host of 6f -8f horses that both Richard Hannon's have had through their ranks - Canford Cliffs, Paco Boy, Toormore, Kool Kompany, Sky Lantern, Billesdon Brook and Barney Roy to name just recent examples, so we feel this colt, from a pedigree the Hannon's know so well and from sale where both Richards have previously excelled, is the perfect addition for our 2019 Hannon string.
He's a real oil painting of a horse, he fills the eye and moves like a dream, he's about as good a walker as you could wish to see (see videos of him on this page.) As a rule, a good moving horse in their slower paces will move well in their faster paces too and then it's down to their genes to determine how quickly they can run; this colt has both the movement and the deep set of genes backed up in his catalogue page. He pretty much ticks all the boxes, which is why we were keen to bring him on board our 2019 2yo roster.
Furthermore, he is 'Plus 10 Bonus' registered. It is a fabulous concept, and means that any horse winning a qualifying race earns an additional £10,000 on top of the race's prize money total. Read about the benefits here: https://www.plus10bonus.com/. Prize money too, has taken a huge step forward in very recent times, meaning most winners of a 2yo maiden or novice earn in excess of £4500; combine this with the Plus £10,000 and a horse purchased for, as in the case of this colt £32,000, has gone a long way towards covering a significant part of his purchase price back, offering a really good return to his owners.
Our son of Ivawood qualifies for the £300,000 Goff Uk Sales race, held at York's Ebor meeting in August. That would certainly be a target for our colt, he looks tailor made for it in fact. Richard does really well in these sales races, he's won 2 out of the last 3 renewals of the race with Stormy Clouds and Tangled, no less. The £300,000 pot will be very much on our radar in 2019. He looks a good sort for the £250,000 Weatherby's Super Sprint at Newbury in July too, if his sire's speed is anything to go by, what with his sensible auction price of £32,000; it's a race limited to horses which cost £63,000 or below at public auction as a yearling so it's a good fit for this horse, where he would find himself nestling in off a potentially winning weight of around 8-10.
He's a very exciting colt for 2019 and is in training with a man who knows the family so well, that has to be a bonus - Richard has even bought a share himself.
He has an early closing race entry: In the £300k Goffs UK Conditions race held at York at the Ebor meeting every year. This is only open to horses who have been purchased from the Goffs UK sales and it carries vast sums of prize money, around £150,000 to the winner.