Category: Horses in training (Flat)
Sire: ZEBEDEE (GB)
Dam: BEAUTIFUL DANCER (IRE)
Dam Sire: DANEHILL DANCER (IRE)
A stunning grey two-year-old by Zebedee named Magic Groove is offered for sale. Trained by Marjorie Fife in North Yorkshire, he looks a lovely three-year-old prospect.
The gelded youngster has had three runs to date over six to seven-furlongs, earning a rating of 54 that looks ripe for exploitation. In all three starts he has shown some early promise, only to tire late on. With another year on his back and allowed the time to strengthen and grow into his frame, he looks just the sort that could improve beyond his basement mark.
He is out of the well-related mare Beautiful Dancer, whose previous offspring include the seven-time winner (flat and jumps combined) The Way You Dance and the promising 87-rated Darksideoftarnside. Indeed, with four of her five progeny to have raced having found the winner's enclosure, there is every hope that Magic Groove can follow suit in due course.
The mare hails from a family rich in black-type earners. Her half-brother Beautiful Fire was placed in the Grp-3 Futurity Stakes, whilst the long list of smart performers under the unraced third dam Thistlewood includes the Grp-1 St Leger, Coronation Cup and Grand Prix de Paris winner and sire Scorpion, the multiple Australian Grp-1 winner Zipping and the Grp-2 Royal Lodge Stakes winner and Grp-1 placed Foundation.
Another mark of the quality of this pedigree is the identity of Magic Groove's damsire, namely Danehill Dancer. The late great Coolmore sire is now firmly established in the top echelon of broodmare sires. In recent seasons his daughters have given a host of high-class performers such as The Gurkha, Minding, Sir Dancealot, Aljazzi and Alice Springs.
Magic Groove's sire Zebedee was a remarkably tough and speedy performer during a short but successful racing career, and he has proven himself a sire of significant capability in recent years. His best progeny include the Grp-2 winning and Grp-1 placed pair Magical Memory and Ivawood, whilst his progeny have inherited his durability and an ability to progress.
It is worth noting that his son Spring Loaded has progressed from ordinary handicaps earlier in his career to a rating of 107 at the age of six this year, whilst another son Major Jumbo has ascended to the same mark this year having begun his life in nurseries rated in the mid 60s. Such details add weight to the suspicion that Magic Groove's lowly early rating will look lenient in the years to come.
With racing potential, but also the temperament and constitution to do another job later on if desired, this handsome and well-bred two-year-old appears to offer fine value at the advertised price.