Purchased at the Tattersalls Ireland Yearling sale, this colt is by FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND.
Tattersalls reported: Lot 359 "He was our pick of the colts this week," said Tim Palin of Middleham Park Racing after spending €90,000 on Coole House Farm's Footstepsinthesand colt. "He was the first horse we vetted on Monday and we saw him three times – every time we went to see him there was a queue of people to see him! "He is strong, well developed horse and is a half-brother to a three-time winner rated 95 who is still progressing – what is there not to like! "He will go to Richard Hannon, who is the best trainer of horses by the sire; let's hope this is another Threat." Underbidders included Jono Mills and Katie Walsh. Middleham Park has purchased five horses so far this week, including a filly by Dandy Man (Lot 80), who was "our pick of the fillies".
It’s fair to say that the sire FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND has enjoyed a stellar couple of seasons with his progeny, starting with our own MARIE’S DIAMOND who, in 2018, won the Group 3 Anglesey Stakes as a 2yo at The Curragh, followed by finishing placed in the Group 2 Richmond Stakes and Group 1 Middle Park Stakes. He trained on to win two further races in 2019 for us, including the listed Pomfret Stakes. Furthermore, Footstepsinthesand has backed this up, in 2019, with Richard Hannon’s top class 2yo colts, Mums Tipple and Threat.
Footstepsinthesand has now been catapulted to the being perceived as one of the very top stallions out there, and you can imagine our delight in managing to secure, from the same sale that we purchased Marie’s Diamond, a couple of fantastic colts by the sire of the moment. Successes for ourselves, in the form of the Group 3 winner Sandiva and also for Richard Hannon’s Larchmont Lad, show Footstepsinthesand’s ongoing ability to deliver top class performers; he’s a fabulous sire! Read more about him here: https://coolmore.com/stallions/footstepsinthesand
Pedigree Update (October '19) - INTUITIVE, his 3yo half brother by Haatef, sold for 190,000gns today at the Tattersalls Horses-In-Training sale. Intuitive, in light of his recent Chelmsford and Kempton wins, has moved up to be officially rated 101. Our colt possesses a fabulously “active” pedigree and the sky could be the limit for this son of Footstepsinthesand; the sire of Mums Tipple and Threat, no less.
Pedigree Update (November '19) - The Racing Post reported: "The redoubtable Footstepsinthesand has been rewarded for a fruitful year, with horses like Threat and Mums Tipple, with an increase in his stallion fee of €5,000, up to €15,000."
Listen to a very interesting (13th May) podcast from Kevin Blake, in discussion with Bloodstock agent Ross Doyle, who we bought this horse with, here: https://soundcloud.com/user-275456286/racingonly-bettor-lockdown-lowdown-5-ross-doyle-special