Purchased at the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale, this colt is by Dream Ahead. Read about his sire here: http://www.harasdegrandcamp.com/etalons/indexdreamahead.html and please also see his walk video on this page.
From the time when we purchased (for just 30,000 gns), the 2nd top rated Dream Ahead progeny, DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT, we've kept a very close eye on him as a stallion. He was a multiple Group 1 winning sprinter as a racehorse and his offspring have carried on where he left off, competing in and winning Group races around Europe on a regular basis.
So when Ross Doyle, of Peter and Ross Doyle bloodstock, advised us that he had found the "nicest looking horse in the sale" this son of Dream Ahead, we very much sat up and took notice! We needed little convincing that he should be an attempted purchase the following day, when he was due through as lot 272 at the Tattersalls Ireland Sale.
We've had a lot of luck at this sale in the past, most notably Viren's Army, Great Page and from the 2017 sale, Marie's Diamond, no less. All three were listed and Group winners between them for MPR. Fairyhouse is just a sale that seems to work for us, we think they offer the sort of horses we like, and possibly just as importantly, horses that our trainers get on well with. From a cracking family, he reminds us as an individual of DE BRUYNE HORSE who, as a 2 year old went off 2nd favourite for the Coventry Stakes Gp2 at Royal Ascot for us.
Please see a video of his walk on this page.
Syndicate manager update (25th November): We sent him to Kempton in the Spring for a racecourse gallop against some of Richard’s most talented early 2yo performers. He won this racecourse gallop, with commensurate ease. He’s hugely talented. Unfortunately, he returned home from the gallop with a chip on his knee, which we duly removed, via surgical intervention. As we prepped him for an August debut once recovered from his initial hiccup, our vets discovered that there had been two chips on the knee, as part of the initial injury but only one had been removed. The surgeons conducted a second operation, free of charge to remove the second chip. We are now on the comeback trail and just to be on the safe side, we will probably bide our time and bring him back to make his debut just into the New Year. Make no mistake, this colt is very high on talent, and we have little reason to believe that his ailment will return.