'When Adversaries Become Allies!'
Here’s a fascinating tale to regale. Our Bloodstock team, attending this week's Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up Sale, had been mightily impressed by the breeze of lot 133, a strong, tough looking son of the great, John Gosden trained, Gregorian who’d passed our stringent criteria and prompted us to bid on him, for a place on our 2021 Breeze Up roster. Read more about his sire here: http://www.rathaskerstud.com/stallion/Gregorian
As the bidding escalated through the teens of thousands of Guineas, it became apparent that the contest was between Oliver & Paul Cole and ourselves, battling for this colt’s favour. Paul bid 18,000gns and shortly after, we bid 19,000gns. Paul retorted briskly with 20,000gns, at which point Oliver Cole, who was standing with his father Paul (trainer of Derby winning Generous, St Leger winner Snurge and more recently Berkshire and Duke Of Hazzard) only half a dozen metres away, approached us to ask, “rather than continue to bid against each other, why don’t we go halves and you send him to us to be trained?” After a very brief conversation amongst our team, time enough for a fresh bidder to post a bid of 21,000gns we decided Paul & Oliver had hatched a sensible plan for us all. We agreed to his proposal, Paul Cole successfully bid 22,000gns on our collective behalf, and a new relationship was formed; from adversaries to allies, from foes to friends, as it were.
We had a fair few bids remaining, left to our own devices, as did Paul, apparently, so by pooling resources, we’ve probably saved a fair few thousand pounds, on behalf of this colt’s prospective owners.
See his walk video here:
Oliver Cole said “We were really keen to buy him, he reminded us of Duke Of Hazzard,” which is mighty praise indeed.
We loved this horse’s attitude in his breeze and we were impressed by him in the flesh. He looks like a bull of a horse, tough as teak and with a bit of presence about him too. He moves fantastically well with a great head carriage. Bred to stay a mile, he looks sharp too, and he timed a rather surprising, given his pedigree, 11th fastest overall. He even posted the 5th fastest, first furlong. You couldn’t wish for a better provenance for a horse of this price bracket.
Here is his breeze:
He’s a May foal, so for all that he looks tough and ready to go to war with, he’ll improve, no doubt too, through this season and beyond. He’s from a Group 1 winning family, out of a winner producing mare and he looks a very exciting recruit to the MPR ranks, as does his trainer.
He almost certainly represents excellent value for money, given the tale, we’ve regaled.
Training Update (30th June): Paul and Oliver are super at sending update videos. You can see the four latest below, with a voiceover about his progress.