Australia ex Saturday Girl colt
Shares Available - 12.5%
The following share prices include: Purchase price, sales house & bloodstock agents commission, 'GBB Bonus' registration (if applicable), vetting, transport and training fees until 29 Feb 2024:
10% share available @ £6,000 upfront and £365 per month from 1st March 2024
5% share available @ £3,000 upfront and £200 per month from 1st March 2024
2.5% share available @ £1,500 upfront and £105 per month from 1st March 2024
STABLE VISIT TO VIEW: If you are interested in taking a share in this colt, we will be holding a stable visit to see him on the morning of SATURDAY MARCH 9th. If you would like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Training update (February 9th): He is progressing well and is completing two canters and has started to canter upsides and in a group - he is a good ride. I am very happy with him and he has been great to do everything with. See new videos and Tim, his syndicate manager talking about him at the parade, below.
BIOGRAPHY: Hailing from a very blue blooded Coolmore family and bred to one of Coolmore’s longest standing stallions - AUSTRALIA, this loose moving colt was at the top of our shopping list on the Friday catalogue of Tattersalls Book 3. He was the nicest individual on offer, we felt, combined with a pedigree where the mare has already produced three horses rated 100 or above, we were pretty determined to secure him, so our final bid of 42,000gns was a couple of bids more than we’d imagined necessary, but necessary in the circumstances they were - Jed O’Keefe, who is a great judge, was the underbidder.
Tattersalls report on the better sales profiles and this colt was one that deserved column inches. They reported:
'Lot 1739: Middleham Park Racing is still at Tattersalls in force and the team goes to 42,000gns for this son of Australia, a half-brother to the Vintage Stakes (G3) third-placed Room Key. The colt was consigned by Baroda Stud.
Tim Palin of Middleham Park was given speaking duties after purchase and he said: "He is lovely colt, the stallion gets results, the mare has produced three very talented horses, he is probably as nice a horse we have seen in this session. We were deliberating and we went a bit more than we had planned."
When explaining the attraction of this colt, who has a bit more of a stamina influence in his pedigree, for Middleham Park, which is perhaps better known for speedy horses, Palin said: "We are mixing it up a bit, and buying a few horses with more middle-distance profiles as they have good residual value – if he gets to rating of 85 or 95, he could be worth a bit further down the line.
"He will probably go to a Newmarket trainer who will bring him along nice and steadily – probably give him a few handful of runs at two and train him essentially with a three-year-old career in mind."
Watch his profile video, here:
He heads to up and coming Newmarket trainer, James Ferguson, son of Sheikh Mohammed’s long-time adviser for around a couple of decades, John Ferguson. He’s a very patient trainer and has done particularly well since taking out a licence 3 years, or so, ago, with Group 2 winner DEAUVILLE LEGEND probably his most recognised horse to date, alongside the likes of Diderot, Zoology, Bague D’Or and, of course, the Group 1 Grand Criterium winning 2yo EL BODEGAN. He’s excelled with progeny of the great Australia, most notably this season’s CANBERRA LEGEND, so where better send him, we thought?
Whether he’s a handicapper or a Group horse, he’s in a great place at James’ Kremlin Cottage Stables on the Bury Road, ideally situated for the famous Warren Hill gallops and the Al Bahathri galloping grounds. We’re certain than every ounce of ability will be carefully nurtured on James’ watch.
He’s a really good-sized colt who should progress nicely as a 2yo - he is a half-brother to a horse who placed as a 2yo in the Group 2 Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood - his career culminating, we’d imagine, as a 3yo, where we hope he can contest high quality races should he match any one of his 100+ rated siblings’ abilities. Even, were he to fall a little short of that, e.g. into the 80’s or 90’s he’d prove a very lucrative asset for either a sale to race in Australia, ironically, or to the jumps’ fraternity either this, or the other side of the Irish Sea. He could easily, in such circumstances, sell for £150-£250,000 - that’s the beauty of owning a progressive middle-distance horse in training, in this country i.e. you have options to race on in search of big prize money pots, many of which are £100,000 added, or to cash in and roll the dice again.
Hugely exciting! Can he become another ‘LEGEND’ for James and his team, and indeed for us too?
LATEST VIDEO UPDATES:
On the gallops, February 8th:
On the gallops, January 15th:
Team parade update:
Parading on January 14th: