"We have bought a couple of Heeraats because they are very good looking, racy and the fact that he is a son of Dark Angel is a big plus’ Ross Doyle. Read all about the sire here: http://mickleystud.co.uk/heeraat/
Richard Hannon bought him on spec at the Goffs Premier Yearling Sale in conjunction with Peter and Ross Doyle. Shortly after the Doncaster Sale, Richard rang Tim Palin and said, "Tim, there is a gorgeous Heeraat colt here that you really should buy." Although we are Richard's biggest English based owner (by number of horses in training at Hannon's), we were very flattered indeed that he should choose to ring us to promote the horse to.
We agreed that if Richard could keep the horse to one side for us, we would take a look at him the next time we were down. Richard suggested that he would love to show us the horse, so at our yearling parade at Herridge in October, he brought out this stunning dark bay colt, with looks to die for. Our assessment was that he was very much a 2yo type for us and coming from the Doncaster Sale where we have had so much success over the years, we have to say we couldn't resist to temptation to buy him. We agreed there and then that we would take him. Over the course of the morning our owners were snapping up share after share in him, so much so, that by the end of the morning he was half sold, just to the owners in attendance.
We expect him to prove very popular now we have launched him on the website. Richard rather jokingly advertised him to us as “the winner of the 2018 £300,000 Goffs Uk Sales race at York in August.” The Hannons have won the race for the last two years with Stormy Clouds 2016 and Tangled 2017, so Richard knows exactly what it takes. Let's hope his joviality comes to fruition. He's the perfect horse for the race we feel and we can't wait to see this colt on the track in the Spring of 2018, all being well.
Trainer update (8th Dec): As with most of Richard's yearlings, he 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 him at our next owners visit, planned for February.
We can report that Richard Jnr has taken a 10% share in him. He's the only horse that Richard has taken a share in this year-this is usually a tip in itself; last season Richard Jnr took a share in Tigre Du Terre and he now sits proudly in the yards 'Penthouse Suite' stable, previously home to Barney Roy....