There was some terrific interest in Heeraat yearlings at Fairyhouse over the last few days. Trainers and agents were out in force at The Tattersalls Ireland yearling sales, where one Heeraat colt sold for €29,000 to Mick Quinn, and another was knocked down to Karl Burke for €20,000. On the final day, Daniel Creighton paid €24,000 for a beautiful Heerat colt, out of a Cape Cross mare, which will go to Henry Candy. Three very good trainers, and we wish them all the best of luck.
Great to see Mickley Stud stallion Yorgunnabelucky get his first winner on Sunday from only a handful of runners, with the 2 yr old Yorbelucky winning at Ffos Las by 2 1/2 lengths in a pretty decent nursery event. He relished getting out in front and galloped strongly all the way to the line keeping his rivals comfortably at bay. The colt obviously enjoys testing ground and stays this trip very well, so hopefully there should be more opportunities for him before the end of the season. Congratulations to owner Roger Brookhouse, jockey Fran Berry, and trainer David Evans who had a four-timer at the track!
The 2yo Multiplex filly FELISA broke her maiden at Leicester yesterday after knocking at the door on several previous starts, and having been beaten only a neck at Catterick last time this was no more or less than she deserved. She was bred at Mickley Stud, out of a Captain Gerrard mare who herself won three times on both turf and the all weather so she will hopefully prove herself on both surfaces. Felisa has been in the frame in five of her nine previous starts, and fairly bolted up yesterday. Well done to trainer David Evans and jockey David Egan.
CHEBSEY BEAU, a son of Multiplex, took his winning tally to six when he won in fine style at Musselburgh yesterday, despite a 3lb rise after his win at Ayr last month. Jason Hart gave him a patient ride behind a strong gallop, and came through to reel in the favourite in the final furlong, to win by over a length and a quarter. Another fine training performance from Yorkshire handler John Quinn, well done to all.
PEGGY'S ANGEL, a Captain Gerrard filly bred at Mickley Stud, had won on her previous start at Windsor for trainer Jo Hughes, but stepped up on that performance with a fine run at Chester in a very decent six furlong event, getting a great ride from Dougie Costello, and making it two wins from three outings. The 2 year old was staying on best inside the final furlong and looks capable of further improvement. Well done to all connections.
The progeny of Dark Angel may have dominated the Goffs UK Premier Sale, but it was the turn of one of his sire sons to take centre stage during a lively renewal of the Silver Sale on Thursday, as Peter and Ross Doyle parted with the session-topping sum of £48,000 for a Heeraat colt from Egmont Stud. “He was a standout physically, he moves really well and came from a great home. He's been bought to go into training with Richard Hannon," said Ross Doyle, who had entrusted Carol Tinkler to perform bidding duties, having left to inspect yearlings at Baden-Baden. The colt, bred at Mickley Stud by Richard Kent, is out of the unraced Street Cry mare Ringtail, who comes from a strong US family that includes the Grade 2 winner Cinnamon Sugar and her dam, the Mother Goose Stakes winner Sugar And Spice. Richard is hoping the colt can keep the page ticking over, as Ringtail also produced another colt by Heeraat earlier in the year.
We are delighted to see that the Racing Post have included an excellent feature article on Heeraat following their interview with Mickley Stud founder Richard Kent. They appear to share the optimism we feel about his future at stud. The support the stallion has received from key players in the breeding world, and the popularity of his progeny so far, even though his first crop are still only yearlings, has been quite remarkable and we feel the son of Dark Angel has everything it takes to put himself on the map! You can read a transcript of the full article by clicking on the link below. Racing Post Article
The Mickley-bred SIZE MATTERS won the first division of the 7 furlong Handicap at Ayr on Monday. Jointly owned by R Kent & M D Eddery, the Captain Gerrard 3yo was dropping back in trip and this was his first victory after a few decent placed performances. This fellow is out of the Mark of Esteem mare Icky Woo, so he is a half-brother to Jonathon Portman's prolific ICKYMASHO, an eight-time winner who was placed in a Listed race at Deaville on her last outing. Jason Hart had the ride and was able to dominate from off the home turn. Size Matters led from 3f out and maintained a narrow lead entering the final furlong, then extended his advantage resolutely over the last 150yds. Let's hope Size Matters can go on to better things now, and congratulations to trainer Mark Walford!
Last time out at Market Rasen, CHEBSEY BEAU got off the mark for the year when tried over fences for the first time only 3 weeks ago, and last night added yet another win to the tally for the offspring of the versatile Multiplex. Chebsey Beau earned this success in the "Lucky Last" at Ayr last night, with a battling win in the fading light, being ridden to lead inside the final furlong, and staying on well for rider Jason Hart. Well done to trainer John Quinn on achieving this follow up for happy connections!
Captain Gerrard 2yo HUNNI ran into a decent horse when second last time at Windsor but franked that form with a win at Newmarket today. In the Class 2 handicap for 2yos, HUNNI was the first under pressure, but she responded gamely to lead with 150 yards to go. The return to 6f helped and this was a nice race for her to break her duck in. Her attitude should bring her and trainer Tom Clover more success. Well done to rider Kieran O'Neill and connections.