Zoffany ex Heliocentric colt
Shares Available - 5%
The following share prices include: Purchase price, sales house & bloodstock agents commission, 'Plus 10 bonus' registration (if applicable), vetting, transport and training fees until 28 Feb 2019:
5% share available @ £3,600 upfront and £155 per month from 1st March '19
2.5% share available @ £1,800 upfront and £87.50 per month from 1st March '19
ZOFFANY deserves a place at the top of the Middleham Park sires' tree, for he provided us with one of our Group 1 winners in Ventura Storm, so we always pay extra attention to his progeny at the sales. This son of Zoffany, out of the Galileo mare Heliocentric ticked all our boxes and was Bloodstock agent Ross Doyle's 'nap of the day' at the sale. Heliocentric has already produced two very talented performers and we see no reason why this son of Zoffany should prove to be any different. Read about his sire here: https://coolmore.com/farms/ireland/stallions/zoffany
From a sale that has afforded us both Clem Fandango and Raymond Tusk from a small cohort of purchases, the Arqana August Yearling Sale offers fabulous individuals with very strong pedigrees and it's no surprise that both French Guineas winners in 2018 were purchased at the Deauville Sales complex. The complex has been a very happy hunting ground for many, not just ourselves.
We couldn't fail but be impressed by this colt; he possesses a great combination of strength and athleticism. He moves really well in his slower paces (please see a video of his walk on this page), which often bodes well for any horse's faster paces too and looks in no uncertain manner, something akin to our Group 1 winner Ventura Storm; they have a very similar look to each other when standing. He is also qualified for Owners' premiums in France, which means in flat races, open to foreign runners, owners of qualified French-bred horses, receive a premium for all places in receipt of prize money: 64% of prize money for 2yo’s 3yo’s and 4yo’s and 43% of prize money for 5yo’s and upwards. Read more here: https://www.frbc.fr/owners-premiums/
The purchase price of €50,000 in August is very much the sort of price we have paid for some of our very best Richard Hannon trained horses too: De Bruyne Horse £50,000, Kool Kompany £40,000, Boitron €45,000, Tigre Du Terre €55,000. It is perfectly conceivable to believe that our latest son of Zoffany can follow in their illustrious footsteps. His trainer Richard Hannon, masterminded Ventura Storm's career which included a 2nd place in the 2016 St Leger having won at and indeed competed at Group 1 level - even as a 2 year old.
He looks the sort of horse who will progress throughout his career. In fact, Richard has already told us that this colt has a very similar profile to our Group 1 winner and son of Zoffany, Ventura Storm at this stage-sensible and good to work with.
Pedigree update: "Sire on fire ZOFFANY (IRE) has 2 Group winners in 2 hemispheres in 2 days!" ITM
Read an interesting story in the Racing Post about Zoffany here. Our own Ventura Storm is mentioned as the Group 1 winning son of the sire.
Trainer Update (10th Dec'): We saw him at our stable visit at the weekend cantering and he really took the eye, with 50% of shares selling that morning! Richard Junior also took a share in him. He is a solid looking colt and reminds us of our Group 1 winning son of Zoffany, Ventura Storm. He moves well, looks great and with his genes, should have a good second half of the season 2 year old campaign and will progress as a 3 year old. (See the new photo of him in his stable and a short video of him walking in the paddock.)