Zion Star

Trainer: Richard Hannon Race type: Flat
Age: 3 yr old Description: Bay Gelding
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Purchased at the GOFFS PREMIER YEARLING SALE, this colt is by ESTIDHKAAR. Read more about his sire here: http://www.tarastud.ie/stallions/Estidhkaar/

He was chosen as one of the hot first season sires by bloodstock experts. Read that story here: https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/insight/the-new-kids-on-the-block-first-season-sires-who-could-make-their-mark-in-2020/432574

A sire that Richard and ourselves know very well, as he is half brother to our very own Group 1 winner TOORMORE and Richard trained them both! We and Richard have enjoyed plenty of success from our Doncaster Sales purchases over the years; as well as Toormore, the dual Group 2 winner Kool Kompany and Listed winner De Bruyne Horse and we think it’s because we apply the same theory, each time around, notably “let’s buy a nice colt and not worry too much about his pedigree.” The mantra has served us very well!

Racing is all about opinions. For instance, every time anyone places a bet on a horse, you are backing your opinion. As racing enthusiasts, year in, year out we are all asked, how does this year’s winner of a big race compare with previous winners or which horse is the best winner of......etc etc. Breeding is no different, and buying yearlings from breeders is no different; the breeder’s opinion of which sire will suit their mare, produces and individual, with its assets and characteristics. When a mare owner sends her to a first season sire, as in the case of the mare of this colt, they are taking an extra gamble, in that the stallion has never produced a winner. Despite having owned three high class individuals, by then first season sires in Viren’s Army (Listed Dee Stakes-Richard Hannon), Great Page (Group 3 Prix Du Calvados-Richard Hannon), Lily’s Angel (Listed Empress Stakes-Richard Fahey), we tend to side against first season sires. Ten or twelve first season sires enter the fray each year and, at best, two of them make it and are still around 6 years later. 2018 was a perfect example; probably only No Nay Never will make it and it’s possible Bungle Inthejungle and Australia may too. In 2019 it looks as if only Night Of Thunder, Gleneagles and Cable Bay are likely to break through. It’s early days for both the 2018 and 2019 cohorts, but the odds must be stacked against any other sire coming through for a long and healthy career. We tend not to purchase too many yearlings by first season sires, as we feel it’s a false economy, given the perception that there’s value to be had, in buying a horse by a first season sire.

However, this colt is the rule breaker, the exception to the rule. He’s an outstanding individual, with no compromise about his conformation and he’s from a mare who has visited thoroughly disappointing stallions, and yet produced very fine racehorses, to date. The whole team fell in love with this horse as an individual, as we travelled the barns of Doncaster.

His dam is already proven, she’s produced a Group 3 performer and hails from a family of 17 Group winning individuals. We’d like to think the odds are stacked in this colt’s favour.

Listen to a very interesting (13th May) podcast from Kevin Blake, in discussion with Bloodstock agent Ross Doyle, who we bought this horse with, here: https://soundcloud.com/user-275456286/racingonly-bettor-lockdown-lowdown-5-ross-doyle-special.

Training Update: A very talented work horse who ran exceptionally well on debut to finish 4th at Kempton, to which Timeform reported: "Knew his job and showed a fair amount of ability on debut; handy, shaken up 2f out, not quicken, no extra inside final 1f; should improve. He is a lovely big horse, who ought to be open to significant improvement still. Has been off since his debut with a hip injury, which was quite nasty at the time. He’s on the steady road back to the track, which should culminate to a return to the track from May/June time onwards. Injury permitting, he could easily end up a top class 3yo handicapper. TIMEFORM RATED: 74



August House
Appleyard Drive
North Lincolnshire
DN18 5TD


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