Our latest recruit to the MPR 2yo ranks for 2019 is the fast and precocious looking son of the top sprinter Moohaajim.
Moohaajim was a blindingly quick 2yo, winning the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes and placing 2nd, beaten just a neck, in the Group 1 Middle Park as a 2yo. He's a very young sire, only in his second season, but he was responsible for Bryan Smart's Weatherby's Super Sprint runner up in 2018, Moojim, so he is already capable of producing very talented, very fast, 2yo's. He's all about speed and precocity, it's what he's imparting into his progeny. Read more about him here: http://www.rathbarrystud.com/cms/stallions/moohaajim/performance/
We like to keep a handle at MPR as the breeze up season approaches, on horses that our trainers have purchased on spec as yearlings and who are working very well at home. It's that time of year when we start to receive galloping updates from all our trainers. Bryan has identified a 2yo here, a horse, bought on spec, who shows up very well indeed and shapes like being early, and to be frank, quite classy, if his homework is anything to go by. He's working every inch as well at home as very talented older horses; now this is very surprising for one so young and inexperienced. It's almost always a very good sign indeed.
He's essentially what you'd look for in a breeze up horse i.e. One that is talented, gallops well, shows a good attitude and is very sound. The difference is that horses through the ring at the breeze up sales, usually sell in such instances, for significantly more than their yearling price. There's a premium to be paid for demonstrating these qualities in public. So, to be able to purchase this colt for his yearling costs plus keep since, with the assurances we've just alluded to, represents fabulous value and a magnanimous gesture on Bryan's part too, in allowing us to purchase this colt. He's agreed to keep a 25% share himself, such is the prowess he sees in this colt on the gallops at home.
We've seen this horse gallop at home, ourselves, on more than one occasion and we've been ever so impressed by his work, including serving it up, in no uncertain fashion, to the 3yo we have in training with Bryan at Hambleton Lodge.
Bryan believes this horse is a very exciting prospect from what he sees at home and we have to say, our eyes tend to agree. The dam of this colt, Spacecraft has already produced more than one very talented performer in her time, notably Exodus (a Black type performer) and Space Performer so she's a proven provider of quality. She's now bred, speed on speed and the mating looks a perfect match. Bryan is probably best with his sprinters too, including the recent Group 1 Nunthorpe winner Alpha Delphini, Tangerine Trees and of course, Mythmaker. It looks a marriage made in heaven, this colt, with his genes, with this trainer.