Purchased from the Tattersalls Ireland Yearling Sale, this colt is by EXCELEBRATION and is the half-brother to Listed winner and Gr.2-placed TIME SHANAKILL
By the sire of three time Group 1 winner BARNEY ROY, out of a mare who has already produced the Listed and 10-time winner TIME SHANAKILL (Lord Shanakill) and Listed 2nd Va Tutto Bene (Hallowed Crown) hopefully he can have a career reminiscent of our Mark Johnston trained, Group 1 placed, Group 3 and Listed winner Marie’s Diamond.
He is a strong, yet athletic, individual with a great walk and a super temperament on him and eventually, he should stay 1 mile
See his walk video in the gallery.
Started off his 2yo career in perfect fashion, beating the future Group 2 winner Atomic Force, impressively at Musselburgh. He then finished a close-up 2nd at Ascot to Chipotle. He ran well in defeat thereafter, but slightly lost his way through a couple of moderate-ish rides and a couple of niggly injury problems. We’ve given him time to mature and he’s been gelded too. He retains all his old zest and ability, judged on his homework this Spring. A step up in trip to around a mile, in keeping with his pedigree, is almost certainly on the cards. He starts the season off a mark of 87, and for all that we can’t guarantee, that mark could easily look laughable, come the end of the season. We’ve always pigeon holed him as a potential Group horse at home, and on the evidence of his early form, he is, very possibly, just that. Time will tell. TIMEFORM RATED: 83. His race entries/declarations will show on this page.
Watch the full race replay here: https://www.racingtv.com/videos/watch/horse_racing_replays/317819-betway-ebf-novice-stakes-4
See the official photos here: https://www.grossick.co.uk/p/80532khg/C385148328/x1-gatekeeper and see some more photos, in the gallery.