I bought another mare at Tattersalls last week – Veiled Beauty is the dam of The Cheka, and I paid 160k Guineas for her. She’s by Royal Academy out of a decent Khaled Abdulla mare, and she’s in foal to Byron. I’ll be cheering The Cheka on as he goes for glory in 2009.
Veiled Beauty will be the fourth and final mare that I’ll be looking to have on my stud in 2009 – she’s provisionally booked to Singspiel for 2009. The other three were all bought cheaply;
I bought Park Acclaim in foal to Motivator in the July sale at Tattersalls – I paid 22k guineas. She’s a solid looking grey by Clodovil who sold for 125k guineas as a yearling but was unraced after an injury. She’s in foal for the first time as a 3yo and is provisionally booked to Kyllachy.
Shawhill I claimed as a 3yo for £17k. She’s never won a race for me, but she’s had three seconds and a third, including two places in listed races. Her best RPR when I claimed her was 68 – she managed a 96 when second in a listed race at Lyon D’Angers. I think she would have been better this year, but she broke her pelvis and has been out all season. She is provisionally booked to Manduro.
Baldovina I also claimed for £17k. She didn’t work out on the racetrack – both her trainers reported that she was very decent on the home gallops but she had personality issues and it never translated into course form. She’s by Tale of the Cat (dirt sprinter) out of a group winning French stayer – it’s a confusing pedigree. Looking for something speedy I sent her to Dutch Art last year – in 2009 she’s provisionally booked to Sakhee’s Secret who also has a mixed pedigree.
Max One Two Three and Lilac Moon will both have another year in training – I’m hoping to improve their respective pages.
I claimed a horse yesterday – Peintre D’Argent came third in the 2:40 at Wolver for Hughie Morrison and I claimed her for £12k. Pedigree wise she looked a cut above claiming class – Peintre Celebre is a decent stallion and she has three half siblings who achieved RPRs over over 100. She looks as if she’s designed to improve for age and distance, and could be a fun runner for 2009. She’s been sent to Nicky Vaughan who had a nice winner yesterday. He likes her – close coupled with a nice shoulder, one sore shin is the first report.
I won’t own her outright – she’ll be owned by a syndicate called the pro-claimers. This will be me, Stephen Morana (BF CFO), David O’Reilly (BF lawyer) and John Dwyer (accountant and poker player).
There is no connection between this syndicate and the Scottish pop duo of the same name and it would be downright misleading to suggest otherwise, but to save David O’Reilly any concerns about his reputation I’ve prepared a quick guide;