Flat Horses, 2016/17
Lord Ben Stack: Karl Burke
An altogether different type of horse to Jolievitesse, and was quickly named “The Big Fellow” by the Burke family. He is a strong, athletic, middle-distance type of horse, by Dylan Thomas, who won the King George and the Arc. A very imposing type who has impressed everyone from day one. A Group horse in the making.
Went straight into the Royal Lodge Gr.2 (5th) as a 2yo after winning a Haydock maiden. Behind Star Of Seville (subsequent winner of French Oaks) on debut, and then Golden Horn and Jack Hobbs (Derby 1st and 2nd) in the Dante. Still maturing and should be a really imposing 4yo next season. Likely to be our flagship Flat horse.
Sunday Prospect: Karl Burke
Another horse bought in France, this time at the Osarus sale near Bordeaux, and also eligible for the valuable French premiums. By the Japanese stallion Sunday Break out of a nine times winning and 15 times placed French mare, Green Shadow, from the Mr Prospector line. Stood out physically at the sale as a strong type.
Was quickly backed at Karl Burke’s Spigot Lodge yard and is now learning the ropes through the winter with the other young horses. A decision will be made around Easter as to whether he is likely to be an early 2yo type or not. On breeding he should stay 1m 2f plus in time, so we may need to be patient. Lots to look forward to.
Timeless Art: Karl Burke
Also bought at the Deauville Arqana sale, for €40,000. Has a really classy pedigree, by Cheveley Park’s Medicean (four times Gr.1 winner for Sir M. Stoute, 1m – 1m2f) out of the carefully nurtured George Strawbridge dam line. Closely related to Dominant (Gr.1 winner, Hong Kong), Es Que Love and We Are.
Most Mediceans improve considerably as they mature, and definitely reward patience. Made two really promising appearances as a 2yo in the autumn at Ascot and York, and with a bit more luck, would have won the second race. Put away after that, and will reappear on the Flat early in 2016. Could be a horse to follow.