Category: Unraced horses
Date of Birth: 06 May 2015
Sire: Great Pretender (IRE)
Dam: Diktalina (GB)
Dam Sire: Diktat (GB)
A four-year-old gelding by Great Pretender is offered for sale. He is ready to be backed and is blessed with a willing attitude and is demonstrating lovely paces so far.
He is out of the Diktat mare Diktalina, who won on the flat as a three-year-old and later added a pair of victories over hurdles. In fact, from 16 outings over timber she was in the first three on no less than 10 occasions and never failed to complete the course.
She has since produced a total of five foals, including the very useful seven-time flat winner Lorelina, who stayed up to a mile and a half and was rated as high as 97 during a career which saw her earn just shy of £75,000.
The exploits of Lorelina confirm that Diktalina can get runners who will significantly exceed her own level of ability, and she surely possesses excellent untapped potential as a NH broodmare - given her own record over obstacles.
This view is enhanced by the record of Diktat as a broodmare sire. On the flat his daughters have produced the dual Grp-1 heroine Speedy Boarding, the multiple Grp-2 winner Beat The Bank and the Grp-2 winner and Grp-1 Dewhurst Stakes runner-up Cable Bay, whilst under NH rules he is responsible as damsire for the Listed winning and Grade-1 placed hurdler Secret Edge.
The pairing of Diktalina with French-based stallion Great Pretender promises plenty, as the sire has risen from humble origins to develop a formidable reputation. In recent seasons he has been represented by the Grade-1 winning two-mile chaser Great Field, the dual Grade-1 winning hurdler Benie des Dieux, the Grade-1 Grande Course de Haies d'Auteuil winner Ptit Zig and the Grade-2 Game Spirit Chase winner Mr Mole - amongst many others.
Very well patronised by leading figures within the breeding industry and notably popular with trainer Willie Mullins, the sire's fee has risen to a career-high €8,000 for the 2019 season and his progeny have regularly auctioned for six-figures in the last two years. There are few more fashionable NH stallions in service at present and this sale represents a relatively low-cost opportunity to buy a member of his latest crop of four-year-olds.
Viewing can be arranged on appointment, just 15 minutes away from Cheltenham.
Note: This gelding's 2014 half-sister by Kayf Tara, nine-time Champion UK NH sire and responsible for the likes of Thistlecrack, Special Tiara, Planet Of Sound, Blaklion and Edwulf, is also offered for sale and can be viewed at the same place.