Roll It In Glitter
We had just over half a dozen top lots or naps, earmarked on our list, from the 187 horses being sold at the 2022 Goffs Uk (Doncaster) Breeze Ups Sale. It’s a sale that has produced 6 Royal Ascot winners in the last 6 years, including the 2000 Guineas fancy Perfect Power.
Of these half dozen or so horses of particular interests for us, one of them topped the sale, selling for £230,000, two sold for £160,000 and the others sold for £130,000, £125,000, £90,000 respectively. However, sitting alongside such lots, on our list was this particular individual. We struggled to find a single breeze, in the entire sale, to create a better visual impression, during the 2.5f gallop on Doncaster racecourse. He ticked every single box for us; gait, coordination, stride length, head carriage, temperament and overall impression. His time profile was precisely what we were looking for so we feared we may just be flying a little high in hoping to secure him for MPR.
Watch his breeze here:
Fortunately, what we had batting for us, was fashion, or perhaps a slight lack of it. A top-class racehorse, but not quite a Group 1 winner (only Group 1 placed) the freshman sire GUSTAV KLIMT doesn’t appear to have captured trainers and agent’s imaginations in the way that perhaps Havana Grey or Sioux Nation have, but that’s far more a reflection of racing, racing’s popular culture and its frailties, than anything against Coolmore’s Gustav Klimt. This fabulous colt, who looks like he’ll be a progressive 2yo, taking his best season’s racing, probably into his 3yo and 4yo careers, is possible a victim of such fashion.
Fashion’s two most famous, or infamous, Stallion faux pas, are Giants Causeway, the ‘iron horse’ as he was labelled, versus the Epsom Derby winner Galileo, who was 3yo Middle Distance Champion. Both horses retired to stallion duties the same season, the prediction of Stallion success and clamour for covers and nominations was firmly in the iron horse’s favour, only for the history stud books to pan out rather differently. A generation earlier, history preceded itself, with El Gran Senor, the apple of Vincent O’Brien’s eye and Sadlers Wells both being retired to stud in the same season, with 2000 Guineas and Irish Derby winner, El Gran Senor, being wildly touted as the second coming, going into his stallion career. Again, racing’s popular culture or fashion if you like, called it wrong.
Our stunning colt, who on looks, could be a fashion icon should progress really well throughout his career and will probably prove most effective at distances between a mile and a mile and a quarter in time.
We’re convinced the reasons why we’ve secured him for £52,000 rather than the astronomical figures that our other naps of the sale made, are simply as explained - a combination of FASHION and that he’s not just a here and now, precocious 2yo. The premiums being paid at the sale, were to afford purchasers precisely these two dynamics. Were this colt a little more fashionably bred and a tad more precocious, he’d have made similar numbers to those listed above.
Racing Update: The Racing Post made him their 'Eyecatcher' from the card at Nottingham after having his third start. They report: "Is one to keep an eye on now with a view towards handicap company, his late progress catching the eye somewhat. He’ll likely stay 1m2f and looks sure to improve.?" His race entries/declarations, will show on this page.
Here he is, leading the string in his work:
Here, ridden by Joanna Mason in early preps: