The Vegas Raider
Purchased at the Goffs Orby Sale, he is by KENDARGENT: https://harasdecolleville.com/en/stallions/
Kendargent made a fabulous start to his time at stud and was one of the real breakthrough sires of 2012, from an initial nomination fee of just €1000, and he quickly became very fashionable, particularly in his native France. He is the sire of Goken (now a sire in his own right,) Jimmy Two Times, Marando and Restiadargent. Himself, a Group 1 miler, who enjoyed a little cut underfoot, he appears to be passing on 6f to miling prowess into his hugely successful progeny. "Kendargent was the precursor for the revival of the French stallions and he has made his mark on French breeding." He has had his stallion fee raised on the back of his success.
This “stunning” (a word, vastly overused in racehorse biographies) individual (but not misplaced in case), is out of a Group 2 performing mare, who hails from a family laden with black type. In fact, he is a three parts brother to the Group 2 performers, in France, BATWAN and REVEDARGENT, which means three of their respective grandparents are the same. It’s a well renowned method, by breeders, to significantly increase the chances of breeding high class individuals, to revert to sending a mare to the sire of a successful progeny out of their own dam. In this case, Kendargent has now covered both Matorio and her mother Matwan. it’s worked twice, to bring about two black type progeny, so there’s every reason to believe it could happen on a third occasion, to the family.
Pedigree update: "3rd dam SPAIN (FR) (by Bering): dam of Moranda (FR): dam of MORANDO (FR): 2nd Unibet Geoffrey Freer S., Gr.3."
Pedigree update: Batwan, his 3-parts brother, wins the Group 3 Prix de Saint-Georges on the opening day of French racing resumption at ParisLongchamp.
Here's Michael profiling The Vegas Raider:
Racing Update: A typical Newmarket project, where a lightly raced 2yo career is so often followed by a well handicapped and improved 3yo season. He’s working with horses rated 20 ish pounds superior to himself, so he looks in good shape from a handicap perspective. He’s been gelded since we last saw him and Michael reports, he is a changed horse at home, ever since. If he were to rattle up a sequence and sell on for a very decent sum at the end of the season, you’d be far from surprised. He could go jumping too, if we were to want to take that route.
Here he is preparing for the season ahead: