Purchased at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale, which produced two Classic winners last year as well as more 2022 two-year-old Group and Listed performers than any other European two-year-olds in training sale, this colt is by Coolmore stallion CALYX. Their "Unbeaten Royal Ascot Gr.2-winning 2YO & brilliant sprinter at 3."
We had 3 naps, derived from watching the 174 breezes of the World’s leading Breeze Up Sale, at Tattersalls, Newmarket, earlier this week. All three had word “fastest” about them. The first was “the fastest filly” - she sold for 210,000gns - the second was “the fastest overall” a son of Havana Grey who sold for a whopping 625,000gns, and the third was this Calyx colt, who claimed “the fastest finisher’s spot” - he’s a tall horse whose super long, raking stride and lunging head stretch, meant that his first furlong time was measured as only the 43rd quickest first furlong time of the sale - a 43rd position, after a furlong, is quite a hindrance to an overall finishing position we’d suggest. The remainder of his breeze, in trumping all others, produced a final finishing position, in the 2.5f race, of 5th place overall.
There are, of course, no 2.5f races run under rules, and it’s our assertion, from the evidence at our fingertips, that an extrapolation of the times, applied to an additional 2.5f of a real race, would result in a, very possibly, nip and tuck race to the finish, between our colt and the 625,000gns son of Havana Grey. There’s a bit of estimation and prediction about it, however we’re of said belief.
Watch his profile video, here:
Watch his breeze, here:
Of the whole sale, where records were broken left right and centre, this colt was probably ‘the one’ of the potential elite performers in the sale, that we could have, most reasonably, expected to be able to afford. There were literally dozens of horses who sold for far more that this colt, who had much lesser claims to their lofty hammer price and we’d suggest much lesser claims to potential fame.
In the immediate aftermath, at the sale, of having purchased the colt, we approached Richard Fahey to train him, given he’d trained last season’s outstanding 2yo filly for us, THE PLATINUM QUEEN as well as previous Group 1 winning Breezers PERFECT POWER, DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT, SANDS OF MALI (all three now stallions in their own right) and many more.
In offering him the opportunity to train our colt, he said he’d be “absolutely delighted to receive him”, because he’d actually bid to 100,000gns on the horse himself for a different owner who had to pull out of the bidding, shortly after that level, and before the 140,000gns that we were able to secure the horse for. According to Richard Fahey, the colt’s consignor Thom Ormond of Knockanglass Stud had “been telling me for weeks and weeks that this is his best horse and is worthy of racing at Royal Ascot and the likes”. Let’s hope he’s right. On the numbers, as explained, we’d concur
He looks quick and it’d be our strong belief that 5f and 6f races will be the only distances we’ll be looking at this season, but beyond that, it’s difficult to be certain. He’s fit and ready to run, so in a small number of weeks (Richard likes to give Breeze Up horses a couple of weeks’ holiday upon arrival), we should be ready to hit the track, en route to Royal Ascot and Goodwood etc all being well.
He’s as exciting a horse, as we have on the MPR books!
He qualifies for the £250,000 Tattersalls Craven Royal Ascot/Group 1 Bonus and is also eligible for £15,000 Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Bonus.
Please note a pedigree page update: 'Tuesday 11 April: Half brother: PLASTIC PADDY (GB) (2018 g. by Buratino (IRE)), won 5 races at 3 to 5 years, 2023 and £33,560 and placed 7 times.'