Sire: BLACK SAM BELLAMY (IRE)
Dam: NOUN DE LA THINTE (FR)
Dam Sire: OBLAT (FR)
Currently in foal: no
Foal at foot: no
The seven-year-old Black Sam Bellamy mare Viognier is offered for sale. A fine specimen with size and scope, she is lightly-raced and retains promise on the track, but also offers significant potential to anyone wishing to breed from her.
Viognier was fourth on her rules debut in a Market Rasen bumper in May of 2017, before bettering that effort when third at the same venue next time out. It wasn't long before she was sent over hurdles, and she finished a fine third on her debut over timber, before posting an excellent second at Hexham a month later.
As a result of these efforts she was given an opening hurdles rating of 99, but after a few slightly below-par efforts she now finds herself on 89. This is a lenient mark that can surely be exploited, by a mare that stays two and a half miles well, and has performed to her best on ground ranging from good to heavy. Furthermore, her pedigree strongly suggests she will only truly come into her own over fences, and she now looks ready to tackle the larger obstacles and fulfil her potential.
However, should new connections not wish to persevere with her racing career or have one eye on the longer-term, Viognier also looks an exciting broodmare prospect. Her dam Noun de La Thinte was a hurdles and five-time chase winner, that finished fifth in the Grade-3 Warwick Classic Chase, whilst she was in turn a half-sister to the Grade-2 placed chaser Royal de La Thinte.
The family traces back to numerous French jumpers that gained black-type, whilst Viognier's 2015 half-brother by Kayf Tara sold for €72,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland June Derby Sale last year and is now a promising young racehorse with Oliver Sherwood.
Further enhancing Viognier's prospects as a NH broodmare is the identity of her sire. Black Sam Bellamy was a dual Grp-1 winning full-brother to the immortal Galileo, and the sire of Grade-1 winning hurdler Sam Spinner and Gold Cup runner-up The Giant Bolster, prior to his untimely death earlier this year.
However, of more interest in this instance is his rapidly developing number of black-type achieving mares. The likes of Hollies Pearl, Naranja , Flute Bowl, or the exciting multiple winners Black Sam Bella, Spice Girl and Ellens Way, have all emerged in recent times to bolster their sire's reputation. It strongly suggests that his popularity as a broodmare sire could be elevated significantly in the years to come, which only adds to the appeal of Viognier.
In conclusion, Viognier is a young mare with commercial appeal, that can be successfully raced or bred from, depending on her new owners' objectives. At an extremely attractive price, interest in her is expected to be high.