Last season at the Osarus Sales in Bordeaux, we purchased the high-class TIGRE DU TERRE and we are hoping such success has struck again with this fabulous moving daughter of Tin Horse.
At the sale there were over 275 horses sold, and it is not one word of a lie to state that in our opinion, this filly was the best moving filly of the whole week. She catches the eye, not only for being a grey, but especially for her range of movement and the way she covers the ground. If she can translate such prowess and elegance to her faster movements then we could really be onto something here. Not overly fashionably bred, we have invested heavily here in individual and athlete, believing that she will be severely advantaged come her racing days by these.
We bought her in conjunction with Federico Barberini with whom we purchased our two Black type fillies CLEM FANDANGO and MISS BAR BEACH and Federico assures us that Dixie Union is a very speedy and highly influential broodmare sire, so the genes are indeed in there if this filly is destined to be another Group filly for us. We've had a few, Sandiva, Lily's Angel, Clem Fandango, Esentepe, Miss Bar Beach to name but five.
She goes into training with top notch 2yo trainer Richard Hannon, who himself is no stranger to having top class fillies through his hands, SKY LANTERN, MAUREEN and TIGGY WIGGY, again to name but three! Our filly has a good size to her and ought not just be a sharp and early sort, she has the potential both physically and genetically to progress with time and she could well be the sort of filly to stay distances of up to a mile in time. We believe we purchased her for a very very reasonable price given her outstanding prowess at the sales compared to her 275 contemporaries and the world really could be her oyster if she translates that prowess to the racetrack in 2018.
This filly is qualified for French owners premiums. France is well known for its lucrative system of Owners’ premiums on top of already generous prize-money. On the flat, a 2 or 3-year-old can earn an extra 64% on top of the race purse, so we would expect to be taking full advantage of this initiative.
Trainer update (8th Dec): As with most of Richard's yearlings, she will have a little break now until January. Generally just after New Year's Day, all the then 2yo's receive a flu vaccination and their food is changed to a more racing type of food to start the preparation of becoming a racehorse. We look forward to seeing her at our next owners visit planned for February.
We can report that Richard Snr has taken a share in this filly - this is usually a tip in itself; last season Richard Jnr took a share in Tigre Du Terre!