Ribchester ex Pavillon filly
Leading bloodstock agent Ross Doyle, has sourced a potentially top class filly for us from a consignor he knows particularly well. We are very excited to have been able to purchase her privately especially as she has been described as: "Showing up particularly well in her early work.”
Hailing from the first crop of the Group 1 winning stallion Ribchester, she’s out of a Showcasing mare, and is bred for both quality and speed. Every year, 'a new kid on the stallion block' takes the industry by storm, and we’re hearing from our trainers and our sources, that Ribchester’s progeny could be setting him up for that mantle in 2021.
HER 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. Ribchester recorded his first winner, the impressive Wesley Ward-trained Ruthin at Keeneland. Read more about his stallion profile here: https://www.darleyeurope.com/stallions/our-stallions/ribchester.
So, here we have managed to purchase our very own Ribchester filly through a private purchase on the recommendation of leading bloodstock agent Ross Doyle. She's out of a Showcasing mare and is bred for both quality and speed. She is in training with Richard Hannon who is vastly experienced in training top-class fillies. She is a really strong and well-muscled up girl, almost resembling a colt (see image below). She's sharp precocious and has been coping exceptionally well with everything that has been thrown at her to date. With a strong pedigree and a strong racecourse CV, she ought to retain fantastic residual value too. The world is her oyster and she’s ready to step up to the plate, we’re led to believe.
As you can see from her videos, she is a really strong and well-muscled up girl, almost resembling a colt. She’s sharp and precocious, coping exceptionally well with everything that has been thrown at her to date.
Watch her walk and profile video here:
Significantly, she went away for a competitive gallop against a team from other consignors, and in the work, she acquitted herself most admirably. By all accounts, she was the one to take from the gallop. Following the piece of work, we were contacted by leading bloodstock agent Ross Doyle, who had previously purchased on our behalf the breezers Ventura Storm (Group 1 winner), Ventura Diamond (The Listed Bosra Sham Stakes winner with 3 pieces of 'black type' to her name) and Thank You Next (dual 2yo winner including a Group 3 second), to strongly recommend that we purchase this filly privately, prior to her going through the ring at the 2021 Breeze Up Sales, where she had been entered. By all accounts, she was the one to take from the gallop.
Here's Richard's voice over, as he is ready to welcome her to Herridge:
We’ve had her vetted, which she has passed successfully and she has settled into life at Richard Hannon’s yard. Now, all that remains, is to get her named, prepped through the stalls, entered for and onto the racecourse to begin her, hopefully, rather lofty career.
With a strong pedigree and a strong racecourse CV, she ought to retain fantastic residual value too. The World is her oyster and she’s ready to step up to the plate, we’re led to believe. Her reputation is sky high!
Here she is having a nice easy canter as she settles in at Herridge:
Ribchester is off the mark: