Purchased at Tattersalls Ireland, he is by RED JAZZ - who stands at the famous Ballyhane Stud. He was very smart over 5f and 6f at 2 and later a high class Group race performer over 7f.
Ventura Gold looks very much like his sire and as a yearling when we purchased him, he just moved superbly well, with a fantastic walk, with real strength and substance about him.
He is from the extended family of the champion two-year-old Dream Ahead and the Cheveley Park Stakes (Gr1) runner up Princess Noor. He is the first foal out of a GREEN DESERT mare which are often the very best mares to breed from.
The Racing Post commented on our purchase at the time: 'Also making an early impact was Federico Barberini, who snapped up a son of Red Jazz from Ballinaroone Stud for €36,000 on behalf of Middleham Park Racing. Red Jazz stands at Joe Foley's Ballyhane Stud alongside first-season sire Elzaam, whose daughter Clem Fandango - another Barberini purchase and MPR owned- supplied her sire with a first stakes winner when landing a Listed race at Ayr last week.'
"I've seen quite a few of his progeny that I like," Barberini said of Red Jazz. "This is a very nice horse, his pedigree makes sense and I've been lucky with the family before. Sometimes striking nice and early with these sires is the right thing to do. Hopefully he can follow in the filly's [Clem Fandango] footsteps!"
Seasons Update: Winning for the second time on June 9th, the step up in trip was a worthwhile exercise. The Racing Post race report said that he "was staying on well", so going 1.5 furlongs further than he has ever been before, was no problem to him and opens up plenty of avenues for his 2018 campaign in handicaps of a mile +.