"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.
Syndicate manager update (25th November): This high class 3yo possesses a huge engine, one that has seen him officially rated as high as 98, with a Timeform rating of 102. However, it’s fair to say that even these lofty ratings do not reflect the ability that Richard Hannon sees from him, at home. There’s some debate surrounding his optimum conditions but given that he went off 7/2F for a £100,000 6f Sprint in July, the markets suggest he has the winning of a race like that, within his compass. There’s a distinct possibility that there’s plenty more to come from this fellow, possibly at an even higher level than we’ve seen to date. At the very least, he is a horse to run for his owners at festivals and Saturdays. He could just be up to winning a huge pot, at one of these venues too.