BATED BREATH is a fantastic young sire; a champion sprinter himself, he has already produced the likes of the Group 2 winner and Group 1 placed Beckford and 2019 Group 2 Dahlia Stakes winner Worth Waiting. Read about his sire here: https://www.juddmonte.com/stallions/bated-breath/default.aspx.
Spiritofthenorth was purchased by ourselves and ace bloodstock agent Federico Barberini; we teamed up 12 months ago to purchase the Group performer Marie's Diamond, so there's every reason to believe that this dark bay colt could emulate Marie's Diamond's heroic performances around Europe in 2019. He is a great individual and moves really well in his slower paces (please see the video on this page). He was Federico's favourite horse in the Arqana Vente 2 Yearling Sale. There were over 140 lots catalogued and we were delighted to pick him up in August for €21,000, we were expecting him to make a great deal more. The Arqana Vente 2 sale, has produced the French 1000 and 2000 Guineas winners, so the sale is a proven source of quality producing racehorses, especially if you are purchasing a bloodstock agent's pick of the sale.
He is also qualified for Owners' premiums in France, which means in flat races, open to foreign runners, owners of qualified French-bred horses, receive a premium for all places in receipt of prize money: 64% of prize money for 2yo’s 3yo’s and 4yo’s and 43% of prize money for 5yo’s and upwards. Read more here: https://www.frbc.fr/owners-premiums/
He’s by a top class sprinter (who can sire Group horses too) and he’s a half brother to a 5f winner. He’s a superb looking and moving individual who is a really well grown sort, for one so young. He looks the part and is bred to be too and looks the perfect fit for Kevin Ryan.
Syndicate manager update (25th November): Following a fabulous first run, he didn’t handle the bottomless ground at Nottingham, second time up, and it probably came too soon, only 13 days later after debut. We then went all the way to Kempton for a race he frankly should have won. However, he got lit up in the paddock and bolted to the start. He ran no sort of race. Following a post-race veterinary examination, he was found to have trapped a testicle, which has clearly caused him pain in the prelims. It’s just possible that the issue had been an intermittent one and holding him back somewhat. We've gelded him now, to alleviate the problem and now that he’s pain free, it’s hopefully, onwards and upwards. He’s a fabulous looking and very sizeable individual, so there’s every reason to believe there’s any amount of improvement to come. The plan is to win with him this side of Christmas.