Ascot - THE BETFRED HERITAGE HANDICAP STAKES
(Class 2 Handicap)
Thore Hammer Hansen (5)
The inaugural Tattersalls Ireland yearling sale, held at Ascot Racecourse, ironically in England, took place in September 2017. On viewing the 126 lots on offer, we concluded that they were a solid enough bunch of horses with decent pedigrees. Generally, the individuals on offer were of the lower end of the market types, the average for the sale proved to be £9000 and the median was £7000 which sits in line with our opinion. Generally, the horses on offer were horses that has not been granted a place in one of the more senior/established sales such as Doncaster or Arqana.
However, we are of the opinion at MPR, that at virtually every sale where there are in excess of 100 horses, there really there ought to be present, a nice horse or two. To be frank, we only found two in this Sale, which ticked enough boxes for us. Unfortunately, however, our bloodstock team weren't happy enough with the conformation of one of these horses so we were down to one horse that fulfilled our "nice horse" criteria. It was indeed this filly. In talking to the vendor prior to deciding to bid on this filly, he told us that she had been granted a place at The Goffs Uk Premier Sale last month but he has decided to bring her to this sale instead. His reasoning being that she would stand out from the crowd at this Sale and we agreed that his philosophy had been proven correct, or at least in our opinion.
The two main Bloodstock agents we use are Peter/Ross Doyle and Federico Barberini. Ross was very keen on this filly and we decided to bid. We were delighted to secure her for £24,000 (before sales house and agent's commissions) for Richard Hannon to train. You couldn't fail to be impressed by her physique. She has strength, power and a super movement too, covering plenty of ground. She's out of a mare by that hugely successful and influential brood mare sire PIVOTAL, whose brood mare progeny includes Just The Judge, Harbour Law, Rhododendron, Zonderland, Hydrangea and Miss Work Of Art to name but a few.
The dam has already produced a dual winner rated 74 which was by Stimulation and having cost £2000 when sold as a yearling. Her 2nd foal to race is by Sayif and was led out unsold at £4000 as a yearling. We know this second horse, because it is trained by Ben Haslam for some friends of ours; the horse is called Time For Treacle. Time For Treadle, despite not raising a bid as a yearling has been really unlucky not to win so far as a 2yo. There's been a couple of occasions when the horse has deserved to get its head in front. The mare can clearly produce racehorses, (even when they are reasonably poor specimens £2000 and unsold £4000) and even when by un renowned sires such as Stimulation and Sayif. Insert the stallion DANDY MAN as with this filly, Dandy Man who is a serious provider of classy talent, combined with the fact that this filly stands head and shoulders above her siblings on looks and prowess (lest we forget she was given a place in the Goffs Premier Catalogue) and add a hint of the Hannon magic and we could be in real business here with this fantastic filly.
Syndicate manager update (April 2020): She has been a fabulous servant for MPR since her 2yo days in 2018. She’s the epitome of a Saturday and festival horse and does more than her fair share of winning, having won at the Chester, York and Newmarket festivals. She’s perfect for those £100,000 added handicaps at Ascot (she’s already been placed 3rd in one, as a 3yo in 2019). She’s really strengthened up over the Winter, in all the right places, so she should improve on the track too. If we can earn some black type with her this season, she could become a very valuable filly for the paddocks.
Here's Richard with an update on her: