Ayr - Virgin Bet Ayr Gold Cup Handicap (Class 2)
Purchased at the Tattersalls Book 2 Sale, he is by the 2020 leading first crop sire in Europe, MEHMAS and is from the family of 2,000 Guineas winner GOLAN. Timeform say: "Second foal: dam unraced out of winning half-sister to 2000 Guineas/King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Golan, a very good family."
Mehmas made an electric start to his career at stud with over 60 winners and the likes of the Clive Cox-trained Gr.1 Middle Park Stakes and Gr.2 Richmond Stakes winner SUPREMACY, Gr. 2 Gimcrack Stakes winner MINZAAL, Gr 2 July Stakes winner LINSAIL, Gr.3 winners FAYATHAAN, GOING GLOBAL, KEEPER OF TIME and BEAUTY INSPIRE. Read all about his sire here: http://www.tallyhostud.com/mehmas
Every other year or so, racing unearths a new stallion star and MEHMAS is every inch of that. He broke the all-time record for winners for a first season sire, which is amazing, in a season curtailed by the Covid-19 virus.
A Phoenix Beach is the most fluent walker, so we took no time at all to decide that we wanted him aboard our roster, for Richard Fahey to train.
Watch his walk video here:
Training Update: Richard provided us with the video update, shown below. He can’t believe just what a different model of a horse he is this year, “he must have nearly doubled in size since we bought him," He’s really taking his work well after being given time to fill his frame by Richard. Timeform rated 76 after two starts, they say:"Fair form: still green but improved when 1¾ lengths third of 8 to Tothenines in maiden at Ripon last time: may do better still." His race entries/declarations will show on this page - as you can see he has been declared at Hamilton on Tuesday.