£3,000 + vat
Date of Birth: 27 Apr 2018
Sire: Saddler's Rock (IRE)
Dam: Red Legend (GB)
Dam Sire: Midnight Legend (GB)
A striking chestnut colt foal by Saddler's Rock is offered for sale. The broodmare has now been sold so the foal will be available at weaning at the end of October. This sale is only precipitated due to the elderly breeder needing to reduce her stock - it is no reflection on the quality of this youngster.
A well-grown individual, with a cheeky character and distinctive markings, he has had his feet trimmed and has been wormed and fed well. The dam Red Legend ran only once due to a wire injury sustained out in a field, but as a daughter of the late Midnight legend, sire of Gold Cup hero Sizing John amongst others, she retains lots of potential for breeding.
Red Legend's dam was a half-sister to Busy Henry, who demonstrated such promise in bumpers for a small yard that he was purchased to run in the illustrious JP McManus silks and to be trained by Jonjo O'Neill. For those connections he won an Exeter novice hurdle, on just his sixth start, but regrettably never ran again.
The sire Saddler's Rock was a tremendous stayer during his racing career, progressing through the handicap ranks to win the Grp-2 Doncaster Cup as a three-year-old, and later adding the Grp-2 (then) Goodwood Cup to his CV, as well as finishing third in the Grp-1 Ascot Gold Cup. An impeccably-bred individual, his siblings include the Derby, Irish Derby and St Leger placed Galileo Rock and the Grp-2 winner and Oaks runner-up Tarfasha.
As a son of Sadler's Wells he represents the greatest sire line on the planet, and paternal half-brothers such as King's Theatre, Old Vic and Kayf Tara have long since proven its potency at producing NH sire talent. Further boosting Sadler's Rock's credentials is the fact that his dam Grecian Bride is a half-sister to the Grp-1 winner and sire Gamut, who has produced the Grade-1 winning chasers and Gold Cup placed Road To Riches and Road To Respect, amongst numerous other smart jumpers.
With the size and scope to develop, and an appealing pedigree, this foal looks a lovely prospect that can be purchased at a bargain price.