There were over 470 yearlings sold at Tattersalls Ireland throughout the week commencing 18th September. Over half a dozen of them were purchased by Peter and Ross Doyle, securing their position as the sale's leading purchasers with an aggregated spend of over half a million Euros. It's Ross Doyle's opinion that this Colt was the best value for money purchase of the week and we have to say, we very much agree.
From the first crop of *Gale Force Ten, this fantastically athletic colt goes into training with Richard Hannon in Wiltshire. Gale Force Ten was a Royal Ascot winner over 7f and he stayed a mile too as a 3yo. He stands at the Irish National Stud, you can read more about him here: https://irishnationalstud.ie/stallion/gale-force-ten/
Our colt is out of an Oratorio mare who has produced 2 winners from 2 runners including the 101 rated Mutawatheb, who Richard Hannon trained. There are 15 Group performers in this colt's pedigree, no less, which is quite amazing. Richard reliably informs us that Mutawatheb was a Group horse in the making before unfortunately experiencing a fatal accident at home, the morning after his most recent racecourse appearance. It's that kind of inside knowledge that enabled us to be confident enough to attempt to secure this really attractive colt to race for MPR in 2018.
He looks an athlete, he looks talented and he looks like he'll progress as a 3 year old too. He's a fantastic mover and really uses himself well, in his slower paces at least. This usually augurs well for his faster paces too, it's fair to say. It would be no surprise at all to see him rated in excess of 100 himself in a year's time, or at least that's what we are hoping to tap into with this very attractive colt. He's from a farm that has a fantastic track record of producing high class horses, notably Cloth Of Stars, Spring Loaded and Beckford to name but a few!
In addition, our colt qualifies for the very lucrative 'Plus 10' bonus scheme. He is a good, compact individual who ought to make up into a typical Richard Hannon 2yo. He's got a very good 2yo's pedigree and his dam has already produced a really good individual.
Tim was speaking with Steve Knight (Senior head lad at the Everleigh yard) last week; he is a great judge of a horse. He'll have seen thousands of yearlings through the Hannon yard in the 25 years he's worked there. He picked out three colts of ours, (we have twelve 2 year old horses in total with Richard), and this Gale Force Ten colt was one of them. Suffice to say, that means we are in good shape at the moment and well on the way to being a racehorse and it's good to hear that what Steve sees with his eyes each day, at the moment anyway, floats his boat. Long may it remain that way.