Robert Cowell bought Royal Ascot winner and now a stallion in his own right, Prince Of Lir (by Kodiac) for the same price (£170,000) from the same sale, from the same consignor - Bansha House!
Here’s far and away the most expensive horse MIddleham Park Racing have ever purchased at public auction. When sales house & agent’s commissions, vettings, transport and training fees through to 1st June are all taken into account, he comes in just shy of a £200,000 package, which is around a quarter more than we’ve ever paid for a horse before, at public auction. Hopefully, that speaks volumes about the esteem to which this colt is held at MPR.
However, don’t just take our word for it, we can rely too, on Robert Cowell, who as you can see above, paid precisely £170,000 at this sale, from the same consignor, Bansha House, in 2016 for his subsequent Royal Ascot winner Prince Of Lir (by Kodiac). Prince Of Lir is now a renowned stallion of course, siring The Lir Jet from his first crop of runners. Furthermore, this really good-sized colt, who isn’t just a 2yo by the way, hails from just about the most successful consignor of Breeze Ups graduates that there is, Bansha House. They’ve sold the winners of 24 Group 1 races of the years, a record that’s almost certainly second to none. To have to go to £170,000 to secure this colt, it’s pretty certain that all the best judges in racing were affording him the closest scrutiny. We had to fend off, three, different sets of opposition, from when the bidding hit £100,000 alone.
Here's his profile video:
Our colt’s potential can firstly be seen on his pedigree page (he has a stallion’s pedigree) if he were to win a Group race and the sort of pedigree that would make him worth around 2 million pounds, were he to win a Group 1 race, of any kind. Group 1’s are hard to win, but Bansha House Breeze Ups graduates have won 24 of them over the years. He’s by, probably, the most prodigious sire of quality speedsters that there is, in KODIAC and he’s out of a mare by the multiple Group 1 winner Dream Ahead. The dam is a half-sister to the dam of the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye winner Wizz Kid, so he’s really bred in the purple and bred to go super quick too. His sire has a broad CV:
- Son of Danehill
- Half-brother to Invincible Spirit
- World record-breaking sire of 2yos. He holds the record for most 2yo winners in a single season.
- Sire of more than 130 Stakes performers worldwide and counting.
- 28 stakes performers in 2020
- He broke records again in 2020 as the sire of 9 stakes-winning 2yos!
- His progeny includes, Group 1-winning fillies: Campanelle, Fairyland, Tiggy Wiggy along with triple Group 1 winner Best Solution and crack sprinter Hello Youmzain.
- Other top runners include Nando Parrado, winner of the 2020 Gr.2 Coventry Stakes Kessar, Adaay, Kodi Bear, Jash, Gifted Master and True Valour.
- 2020 Yearlings Have Made: 420,000gns, 350,000gns, 300,000gns (x2), 255,000gns.
- Champion European Sire (Winners) 2019 and 2020
- Champion European Sire (Winners) 2019 and 2020
In his breeze, he really caught everyone’s imagination; he seems to find galloping so effortless, with a consistent and taking strike that stretches right out, covering an immense amount of ground on each occasion. His jockey isn’t overly hard on him, unlike others that day, during the breeze, just keeping him up to his work and feeding him the reigns, to which he responds willingly, stretching out that lovely long neck of his, whilst maintaining a super positive head carriage. As he passes the line in his breeze, ears still pricked, there’s a sense that, where others are starting to cry ‘enough’, he’s just getting going and has plenty more to give. His pedigree suggests he will spend most of his life over sprint distances, so who better to ask to train him that probably the most renowned and revered trainer of sprinters, in Robert Cowell, Newmarket?
Watch his breeze here:
This horse is the complete package. He’s bombproof, physically, mentally (look how cool he stands there for a team photo, just after we’d purchased him at the sale) and in terms of ability. With a clear wind in our sail, he should be ready to hit the track in around two or 3 weeks, certainly this side of Royal Ascot, however, we’re not in a race against time, he’s a really imposing individual who will hold his form, and indeed progress, through his career, we believe. Hopefully he’ll be taking us to all the posh tracks for seasons to come.
If you like to wear a top hat to go racing, or pop on your glad rags, then look no further than taking a share in this stunning colt,
Training Update (14th May): He has been doing very well since joining Robert's stables and below is the latest video of him on the gallops, doing his strongest piece so far, with a voiceover from Robert. His new racing name DYNAMIC FORCE, has been made official this morning and he is expected to be entered to debut shortly. Just 10% remaining.