Let Em Have It
We have privately purchased this imposing colt, who is from the first crop of the Group 1 winning stallion Ribchester.
In training with Newmarket trainer ALICE HAYNES, this colt was sourced from the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale. He therefore qualifies for the £15,000 Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Bonus (participating owners will receive a £15,000 bonus if their 2021 Craven Breeze Up purchase wins a Class 2, 3 or 4 two year old Maiden or Novice race in Britain or an ‘Open’ two year old maiden in Ireland.)
HIS SIRE: Ribchester stands at the world-famous Kildangan Stud in Ireland as part of the global thoroughbred stallion operation, Darley. He stands alongside stallions such as Dubawi, Night of Thunder, Too Darn Hot and Teofilo for a fee of €17,500. He is by Iffraaj, a high-class older horse that recorded three Group 2 wins and a 2nd in the Group 1 July Cup. His reputation has only heightened when he entered the breeding ranks. He has sired 10 Group 1 winners to date, including two Champion 2-year-olds, as well as one of the sires of the moment, Wootton Basset. Among British stallions, only Dubawi has sired more winning youngsters since 2010. Ribchester is also out of a half-sister to the Group winning trio, Matterhorn, Tactic and Bangkok. His third dam, Mehthaaf, won the Irish 1000 Guineas and was closely related to Dubai Millennium and Timber Country.
Ribchester's racing career was one that any owner or trainer would dream of. He was sent into training with Richard Fahey, a trainer who we know very well. After his first two starts as a 2-year-old he was acquired by Godolphin. He won the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes in his very next start, thus showing his precocity.
However, it was the following season where he cemented himself as a Group 1 performer. He was victorious in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Group 1 Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville. He was also placed in three further Group 1 races, the 2000 Guineas, Sussex Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. This amazing 3-year-old season meant he was rated the best British-trained colt of his generation and one of the top milers in Europe.
He returned in 2017 as a 4-year-old and further cemented himself as one of the best horses in training. He added Group 1 victories in the Lockinge Stakes, Queen Anne Stakes in record time at Royal Ascot and the Prix du Moulin. These victories meant that he was again named European Champion Miler for the second year in succession. He was retired at the end of his 4-year-old season after earning £2.6 million in prize money and having only twice finished out of the first three places in his 16 career races.
Ribchester's first yearlings have performed excellently in the sales ring with some staggering purchases being completed. Some of these include 350,000gns, 300,000gns, 240,000gns and £185,000gns respectively. Read more about his stallion profile here: https://www.darleyeurope.com/stallions/our-stallions/ribchester.
Watch his breeze here:
Training Update (racecourse gallop at Chelmsford):
Training Update: Very, very highly regarded at home. Injured a knee just before he was due to debut and having won his barrier trial, impressively, by around 4 lengths, a big run was expected. At home, he’s in a different league from another Alice Haynes trained horse (Gin O’Clock, who we’ve just sold to Hong Kong) so the future looks hugely exciting, if home reports are anything to go by. We can’t wait to see him debut, just this side of Xmas, all being well.