Purchased at the Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up Sale, he is a son of the John Gosden trained, Gregorian. 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. He’s from a Group 1 winning family, out of a winner producing mare too of course.
Here is his breeze:
Training Update: Purchased for a very sensible £22,000 in the spring, on the back of just the 11th fastest breeze at the same, he’s destined to win his fair share, having finished 2nd in his last 2 races! Ready to run, and ready to win. He looks very well handicapped and as Timeform say after his 2nd at Chelmsford (see below) this week: "Shaped well under a 7-lb claimer and is clearly threatening to come good soon, sure to have gone closer still this time had he not had to angle for a run in the final 1f; mid-division, forced to switch final 1f, finished well.....Likely to progress further." Will run over the Winter, so instant, AW and hopefully, WINNING action with him. His race entries/declarations will show on this page.
Watch him finish well at Chelmsford, being denied the win, having to switch!