Fighter In The Win
Over the years, Arqana Breeze Ups have produced a number of Group 1 and Classic winning horses; as a rule of thumb, it’s where many of the top consignors send their best horses and given the successes that Mandore International’s Nicolas De Watrigant has had in buying horses for us (Group and top-class handicappers such as Boitron, Tigre Du Terre and Lexington Dash) who better to charge with sourcing us the best horse in the sale? Prior to the breezes even taking place, Nicolas had seen every horse in the sale and produced a short list of six. However, on watching the 70 or so breezes, there was one, standout performer, lot 8, so we decided to target him. He moved like a dream and showed a fantastic attitude, eating up the ground with every stride.
Watch him breeze here:
His consignors Mocklershill, are well known to both Nicolas and ourselves, with us having purchased our Group 1 winning and St Leger runner up Ventura Storm from them for 110,000gns. This colt came very highly recommended by Willie Browne (the owner of Mocklershill).
By the Grade 1 winning American sire CREATIVE FORCE: https://www.airdriestud.com/horses/creative-cause.html who has 17 Black-Type Winners to date, our colt has a pedigree that suggests he could be a top-class miler as a 3yo in 2022. He’s bred to be effective on both turf and the AW and could easily retain huge residual value to be sold abroad, but the way the prize money structure is based in France, he has the potential to earn vast sums of prize money if he can graduate to become a Group race performer. Even the lower levels of prize money in France means a standard Classe 3 or Classe 2 comes with around €20,000 or €25,000 in added value. The whole system over there is more owner friendly, financially. Even fairly moderate horses pay their way in France, year in, year out. It’s a model we can only aspire to, this side of the English Channel.
Watch him walk here:
Our colt will go into training with Simone Brogi, who is a former assistant to Jean-Claude Rouget He now trains MENSEN ERNST for us - he has sent him to race twice, winning on his stable debut and placing 2nd on his latest start.
He should be ready to race within 6 weeks, even allowing for the patient, French, way of training 2yo’s with their 3yo careers in mind.He’s a quality colt, for whom the sky is the limit. If he lines up in something like the French 2000 Guineas or the St James’ Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, next year, you wouldn’t be at all surprised.
We can’t wait to see him hit the track. With travel restrictions due to end later this month, this colt’s owners could easily be travelling to Paris, Deauville, Marseille, Bordeaux or Nice to see him make his debut, hopefully a winning one.