We were very taken with Gutaifan’s progeny at the sales, he is clearly stamping his progeny with his look. This filly was no exception, making Richard Fahey's shortlist at the sale, which is always a positive sign! She is a lovely looking grey with a decent pedigree packed with winners and was consigned by Redpender Stud, who have a history of selling really top-quality horses, including our very own Champion 2yo of 2013, TOORMORE.
As a horse in training Gutaifan was an exceptional 2-year-old winning multiple group races over the minimum trip. He won the Flying Childers Stakes in record time before travelling to France to win the Prix Robert Papin. He was second behind the champion 2-year-old Shalaa in the Group 1 Prix Morny. He retired as a 2-year-old with an official rating of 117. Read more about her sire here: http://yeomanstown.ie/site/stallions/gutaifan/
Our filly is from the family of Group 1 winning Silca’s Sister out of a Marju mare called Rugged Up. The Marju-Dark Angel cross has produced a 100% winners’ rate so, let’s hope Gutaifan is as equally compatible. Rugged Up herself was unraced, but that has not affected her as a broodmare, three of her four runners have been winners, including our own Beechwood Izzy!
This filly impressed us with her magnificent walk and racy look and she is entered in the Plus 10 Bonus scheme. We are very excited about the potential of this filly and we think she is in the right place to excel in her debut season.
Trainer Update (3rd July): She has just finished a closing 2nd on debut at Thirsk - just a 'head' behind the unbeaten Magical Max (winner of the Reg Griffin at York on his previous start.) A very good performance despite her lack of race experience - as they both pulled over 2 lengths away from the 3rd horse. Watch the finish here: https://twitter.com/RacingTV/status/1146415101983055872. The Racing Post mentioned her as 'one to watch' (see the gallery) too. She looks like she will be giving her owners plenty of fun this season!
Her fellow #TeamMPR member and son of Gutaifan ONE HART was 2nd on debut and has just won on his second start by 5 lengths with their mutual sire firing in the winners - so a very positive sign! He is currently LEADING FIRST SEASON SIRE: https://www.stallionguide.com/leading-sires/
She has an early closing Class 2 race entry: The £300k Goffs UK Conditions race held at York's Ebor meeting.