Purchased at the Goffs Orby Sale, San Rafael is by TAMAYUZ. Read about his sire here: http://www.derrinstown.com/stallions/tamayuz/. The very best progeny of the sire is our very own Group 1 winner G Force. Ever since his authoritative victory in the Haydock Sprint Cup in 2014, we have followed the sire, Tamayuz's horses very closely. He imparts plenty of class as well as speed into his progeny and they generally come to hand quite quickly as 2 year olds such as Sir Prancealot, trained by Richard Hannon. Brown Sugar was a very high class 2yo too by Tamayuz, alongside horses such as Blond Me, Roseburg, Tupi, Mustashry to name just a few of the sire's high class performers.
From a sale which this season alone has produced the winners of the Gp1 Epsom Oaks (Forever Together), the Gp2 Richmond Stakes (Land Force) and the Gp2 Princess Margaret Stakes (Angel's Hideaway), we are tapping into a proven sale. We purchased our listed winner and Group 3 placed Lexington Times from this sale for €60,000; he went on to compete at Group 1 level for us in the Irish 2000 Guineas no less. The classic winner Sky Lantern was purchased from this sale for €75,000 as was Champion older miler Ribchester. Year in, year out, the Goffs Orby sale produces numerous high class performers.
Our son of Tamayuz is fantastically bred; he descends from the Coolmore family of JAN VERMEER, TOGETHER as well as the very speedy Prix de L'Abbaye winner IMPERIAL BEAUTY. The dam of this colt, Babberina has bred 4 winners from 4 runners, she has a perfect record to date so we'd like to think that this fabulous colt, who has a great action, could follow in his elder siblings' footsteps by courting the winners' enclosure. He's a well developed colt, born on 1st February 2017, so we'd hope that with Mark Johnston's tuition, he could possibly emulate our 7-time winner VENTURA KNIGHT and Group 3 winner/ Group 1 placed 108 rated MARIE'S DIAMOND.
Syndicate manager update (27th November): A very impressive winner on racecourse debut against some very talented individuals, he’s found life tougher under his penalty. Gelded and put away until next season, this brute of a horse should make up into a high class 3yo handicapper, perhaps over a little further than the mile he’s been racing over. The handicapper has given him a mark of 77 which looks to be a nice base to start next season from. A fantastic specimen who has the World before him on the turf in the spring of 2020.