Qatar Goodwood Festival - THE UNIBET STEWARDS' CUP
Purchased at the Osarus breeze up sale, he is by SIYOUNI and is 'French Owner Premium' qualified. Read about his sire here: https://www.agakhanstuds.com/Stallions/200700014/Home/en
Having to part with €75,000, to purchase this horse, is no mean feat, but we thought he may make a fair but more, but we were reassured on hearing that the underbidder on this colt was top French trainer, Jean-Claude Rouget, so our judgment is clearly in good company.
He is a half brother to the winning Mount Nelson colt MYTHICAL CREATURE, out of the Group 2, Flying Childers placed, winning 2yo MYTHICAL BORDER. Mythical Border (Johannesburg), was precocious herself as she finished third in the Gr.2 Flying Childers Stakes before being exported to Qatar where she won twice. She is also a sister to three black-type horses including Gr.3 Sweet Solera Stakes winner Long Lashes (Rock Hard Ten) and Gr.3- placed Combatant (Scat Daddy)."
Here's the excerpt from the EBN published after the sale: "Nicolas de Watrigant of Mandore International Agency went to €75,000 for Lot 85, a son of Siyouni offered by Ecurie Prevost Baratte. The agent commented afterwards: “I am pleasantly surprised as I thought I was going to have to pay more for him. He is a lovely Siyouni, who looks amazing. He was well bred by Al Shahania and his consignor Philip Prevost Baratte strongly recommended him. He breezed well and had a clean vet report. I am very pleased. He will go into training with Richard Hannon for Middleham Park Racing. I would like to thank them for trusting me and I hope to keep up my strike rate for them, as all the horses we have bought in the past at Osarus have been good: Listed winner Boitron (Le Havre) and Tigre Du Terre (Le Havre), who is also black-type now after winning three races in the UK."
Racing Update: Still only a 4yo, this gorgeous looking son of Siyouni, ran a race full of promise at the weekend to be just touched off by a nose by a previous Great St Wilfred winner (Sunday’s winner survived a stewards’ enquiry) and Timeform have given him a career best rating for the run of 106+, saying: "Kept good company in the second half of 2020 and proved better than ever returning from 6 months off, arguably unlucky not to win given he was carried both ways across the track when mounting a challenge; mid-field, pushed along over 2f out, carried right 1f out, led inside final 100 yds, carried left by winner, headed close home; he's going to go back up the weights a little, but is still going to be one to be interested in." He went off very fancied for the Stewards’ Cup last year but, being just a 3yo at the time, he wasn’t quite mature enough to do himself justice. He was a close-up 4th behind the subsequent Lincoln winner Haqeeqy before we put him away for the Winter and he seems to have thrived. He looks set for a productive season and he could just drop one of the big, traditional Saturday handicaps, which carry fabulous levels of prize money. Probably best at 6f on top of the ground, we can’t wait to see him again. TIMEFORM RATED: 107. His race entries/declarations will show on this page.
Watch the replay of his super seasonal return here: https://www.attheraces.com/racecard/Doncaster/28-March-2021/1650