The tough, hardy and very classy GUTAIFAN is one of our picks of the first season sires. He was very quick and very precocious as well as a multiple 2yo Group winner over Sprint distances. It looks like, from his youngsters, that he has imparted speedy looks and precocious genes. Read about him here: http://yeomanstown.ie/site/stallions/gutaifan/
It is little surprise that this colt was accepted to "the sale for 2yo winners" namely the Goffs U.K. Premier Yearling sale (formerly Doncaster Premier Yearling Sale). It's where we've purchased horses such as Toormore, Kool Kompany, Lily's Angel, Sandiva and De Bruyne Horse and we feel this fabulous, loose moving colt, sits very favourably alongside those horses, at this stage anyway. There were over 1300 applicants for a place among the 500 lots at this sale, so he's part of a very select band to begin with.
His £50,000 purchase price is very much the proven region for Goffs UK's very best progeny; ADVERTISE £60,000, CANFORD CLIFFS £50,000 are great examples from this sale. This colt very much reminds us of our Mark Johnston 3yo MARIE'S DIAMOND, both physically and genetically, so where better to send him than the Middleham maestro. Whether he's up to winning Group 3's and running in Group 2 and Group 1 races, like his illustrious, year older stable-mate, only time will tell; but it'll be a very exciting journey, finding out!
We were honoured to have been shadowed by The Racing Post during the three days of the sale. Tom, our bloodstock manager picked this colt out as "the one he is most excited about." Read the article here: https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/goffs-uk/we-re-sticking-to-our-principles-and-only-buying-when-we-think-there-s-value/344238
He is 'Plus 10 Bonus' registered.
Syndicate manager update (25th November): If you put a line through his runs on easy underfoot conditions, then he’s a very talented and consistent performer. He has one or two exceptional performances on his CV and given we’ve only recently discovered he needs a hobday operation, its distinctly possible that his less than exceptional performances have been the result of not being able to breath perfectly. With his wind tidied up (it was a marginal call to operate) there’s every reason to believe he’s best judged in his exceptional performances, rather than his more mundane ones.