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.
This colt qualifies for the £300,000 Goff Uk Sales race, held at York's Ebor meeting in August. That would certainly be a target for our colt, he looks tailor made for it in fact. Kevin does really well in these sales races, he wins them more than his fair share and the £300,000 race will be very much on our radar in 2019. He looks a good sort for the £250,000 Weatherby's Super Sprint at Newbury in July too, with his sensible auction price; it's a race limited to horses which cost £63,000 or below at public auction as a yearling so it's a good fit for this horse, where he would find himself nestling in off a potentially winning weight of around 8-10.
He's a very exciting colt for 2019 and hopefully far 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. Because he’s well grown already, he could shape up into an early season, fast and precocious type. (We have added a photo and a video of him cantering on the gallops.)
Trainer Update: Kevin is really pleased by how he is coming together. He's been away for two grass gallops and improved significantly from day one to day two. Kevin says that he loves it when this happens; it's clearly a good sign that horses are thriving on their work. There is no hiding Kevin's excitement, from talking to him, about this colt, saying that he plenty of ability and has a great attitiude to his work.