Purchased at THE sale for 2 year old's; the Goffs Premier Yearling Sale, this colt is by FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH. Read about his sire here: https://www.bearstonestud.co.uk/fountainofyouth.html.
He is 'Plus 10 Bonus' registered. Read about the benefits here: https://www.plus10bonus.com/ This bonus system is a fabulous concept, it means that any horse winning a qualifying race earns an additional £10,000 on top of the race's prize money total. Prize money too, has taken a huge step forward in very recent times, meaning most winners of a 2yo maiden or novice earn in excess of £4,500; combine this with the 'Plus 10' £10,000 and a horse purchased for, as in the case of this colt £35,000, has gone a long way towards covering a significant part of his purchase price back, offering a really good return to his owners.
The sensible economics of buying this horse is there to see. Furthermore, the mare Choisette was a very precocious and fast racehorse herself, winning twice as a 2yo. She's produced winner after winner, including the once 109 rated Flying Pursuit and other very talented individuals from a wide spectrum of sires. Lot 385, this son of the first season sire Fountain Of Youth, had very much taken our eye when doing the rounds of the barns at Doncaster's Goffs Uk Premier Sale. He's a fabulously strong individual who ace bloodstock agent Federico Barberini described as "a lovely colt." He's a strong, yet athletic, sprinting type, who you'd say, is very typical of what Doncaster Premier Sales is all about (please see a video of him on this page). He ought to be a sharp, early 2yo who could race a couple of times pre Royal Ascot and could just end up there too with a clear run at things. Were he to emulate his elder siblings, we could also easily see him being a top northern sprinter for years to come, running at York and Ayr in his 3yo and 4yo seasons.
Fountain Of Youth is a first season sire who was a Group performer over Sprint distances, so his genes ought to complement those of the dam perfectly well. Furthermore, the option of a first season sire, usually offers purchasers a bit of value in the marketplace before any given sire becomes overly fashionable and commands lofty nomination prices and demands high returns by the vendor. We've had a lot of success with first season sires and it's an angle we always look into, providing the sire suits the mare in a like for like kind of way; we're certain that's the case for this colt.
He's a great mover, looks tough as teak and appears robust mentally too. We were delighted when Kevin Ryan and Stephen Hillen secured him through the ring. We had no hesitation in putting our name to him, straight after he was bought. Stephen and Kevin have been working together for years and all of Kevin's big-name horses have been purchased in conjunction with Stephen. It's a successful recipe that we are delighted to able to tap into.
He's a very exciting colt for 2019 and beyond that too; Kevin is very adept at keeping his sprinters performing in top races for years on end. He’s a really well grown, sprinting type who looks the perfect fit for a Kevin Ryan trained horse.
Syndicate manager update (25th November): By the first season sire Fountain Of Youth, he is a half-brother to the high class handicapper Flying Pursuit. Kevin Ryan recently pointed out that the sire’s progeny have fared significantly better in the second half of the season than the first, so Fountain Of Youth is only just getting going really. Rascal has been away for a racecourse gallop and impressed. He needs to go away one more time, probably to Southwell and we should see him make his debut on a race course just this side of Christmas. Make no mistake, he possesses a mean turn of foot, based on what Kevin has seen to date. New owners have the opportunity to be in from the start of, what will hopefully prove, an illustrious journey.