ZOFFANY deserves a place at the top of the Middleham Park sires' tree, for he provided us with one of our three Group 1 winners in Ventura Storm, also trained by Richard, 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 individual; he possesses a great combination of strength and athleticism. He moves really well in his slower paces, which often bodes well for any horse's faster paces too and looks in no uncertain manner, something akin to 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.
He looks the sort of horse who will progress throughout his career.
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 too!
Racing Post Bloodstock story: https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/bloodstock-latest/zoffany-set-to-reap-the-rewards-from-his-fabulous-freshman-season/359330
Syndicate manager update (April 2020): Unraced as a 2yo, due to little niggles, just as per Raymond Tusk, Lexington Force et al. He’s a fabulously well-bred individual, who shapes like a thoroughly progressive horse at home. We owned the very best son of Zoffany out there in, Ventura Storm, who of course Richard trained, so, we’re very excited about this his prospects, once racing, inevitably returns. He could be anything.
Here's an April video update from Richard: