We searched avidly, all sales season with the help of ace bloodstock agent Stephen Hillen and Kevin Ryan for a potentially high class, speedily bred 2yo colt for 2018; something very much along the lines of Kevin's Group performers Blaine, Bapak Chinta, Brando or Astaire to name but a few. Having looked at hundreds of possibilities, at the Tattersalls October Sale, Stephen asked us to take a look at lot 968, a son of Siyouni and when we saw him for the first time, his physique and his movement, combined with his really strong pedigree, we knew Stephen and Kevin were onto something! Our fear was whether our budget would be able to secure the colt however. The way the market has been this sales season, we could envisage this colt making between 100,000 to 200,000 Guineas. Having liaised with Kevin and Stephen we decided to have him vetted to check that he was A1, which he duly passed with flying colours, and we sought others' opinions on what price the colt may make when he came under the hammer. The consensus was that a budget of "100,000 Guineas 'might' buy him." It was the consensus of a few agents and breeze up consignors who pin hook yearlings to breeze the following spring. So we decided that our budget was 100,000 Guineas, praying that we may get lucky. Suffice to say, we were absolutely thrilled when the hammer went down in our favour at 50,000 Guineas.
He has a fabulous pedigree to back up his looks; being by the top-class racehorse and now stallion Siyouni out of a mare by the Champion Sire War Front. He has the looks and the genes, so there's no compromise; he ticks each and every box.
Syndicate Manager Update: A hugely exciting 3yo by one of the finest European sires, Siyouni. He won both his first two starts and is rated 91. If the body language we read from Kevin Ryan is correct, then he is a well handicapped 3yo. He still comes into the "could be anything" category asset - we tinkered with his wind at the end of last season.