Purchased at the Osarus breeze up sale, this colt is by SIYOUNI and is 'French Owner Premium' qualified. Read about his sire here: https://www.agakhanstuds.com/Stallions/200700014/Home/en
We have done fabulously well with our Osarus Sales purchases, notably TIGRE DU TERRE and BOITRON; both purchased in conjunction with ace, French Bloodstock Agent, Nicolas de Watrigant. We’ve managed to hook up with Nicolas, again at the breeze up sale, that in 2018, produced the black type performer Golconda (subsequently sold to race in the USA). By the best up and coming sire in the business SIYOUNI (whose stallion fee has soared to €100,000 in 2019), this fabulous colt was described by Nicolas as “far and away the best colt in the sale.” Given what a shrewd judge, in sourcing Al Shaqab horses, Nicolas is, you have to sit up and take notice, when he makes such a statement.
Having to part with €75,000, to purchase this horse, is no mean feat, but we thought he may make a fair but more, but we were reassured on hearing that the underbidder on this colt was top French trainer, Jean-Claude Rouget, so our judgment is clearly in good company.
This stunning colt, with a fantastically quick, yet powerful stride (see his breeze video on this page), is a half brother to the winning Mount Nelson colt MYTHICAL CREATURE, out of the Group 2, Flying Childers placed, winning 2yo MYTHICAL BORDER.
He breezed, showing an excellent attitude and he looks the perfect horse for Richard Hannon to crack on with, Mehmas style. There were no electronic timings of the breezes at the Osarus sale, however, we are led to believe this colt trapped an exceptionally fast, hand timed, final furlong of his breeze, despite not being asked to fully extend himself. He was simply held together to demonstrate his action and his aptitude. He’s bred to be a sprinter and he’s precocious enough to be a Royal Ascot candidate, should his preparations go well at Richard’s Herridge base.
Given we’ve performed so well in the past with our Group 1 Breeze Up performers VENTURA STORM and DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT, you can see why we are already getting very excited about our latest breeze up acquisition.
Here's the excerpt from the EBN published after the sale: "Nicolas de Watrigant of Mandore International Agency went to €75,000 for Lot 85, a son of Siyouni offered by Ecurie Prevost Baratte. The agent commented afterwards: “I am pleasantly surprised as I thought I was going to have to pay more for him. He is a lovely Siyouni, who looks amazing. He was well bred by Al Shahania and his consignor Philip Prevost Baratte strongly recommended him. He breezed well and had a clean vet report. I am very pleased. He will go into training with Richard Hannon for Middleham Park Racing. I would like to thank them for trusting me and I hope to keep up my strike rate for them, as all the horses we have bought in the past at Osarus have been good: Listed winner Boitron (Le Havre) and Tigre Du Terre (Le Havre), who is also black-type now after winning three races in the UK."
This colt is out of Mythical Border (Johannesburg), who was precocious herself as she finished third in the Gr.2 Flying Childers Stakes before being exported to Qatar where she won twice. She is also a sister to three black-type horses including Gr.3 Sweet Solera Stakes winner Long Lashes (Rock Hard Ten) and Gr.3- placed Combatant (Scat Daddy)."
SOTTSASS becomes Siyouni's 3rd Classic winner by taking the Group 1 Prix Du Jockey Club at Chantilly.
LAURENS wins her sixth Group 1 by taking the Prix Rothschild. She's now won at the highest level at age 2, 3 and 4.