Date of Birth: 24 Jan 2017
Sire: Finjaan (GB)
Dam: Ellen May (GB)
Dam Sire: Rock of Gibraltar (IRE)
A yearling colt by Finjaan out of a Rock of Gibraltar mare is offered for sale by GG Bloodstock and Racing.
The dam Ellen May showed promise on the first two runs of a short racing career. She is herself out of the Listed Silver Flash Stakes winner Triskel, who defeated the subsequent Irish 1,000 Guineas runner-up and multiple pattern winner Mad About You and the subsequent dual Grp-1 winner and 1,000 Guineas third Saoirse Abu when securing that landmark success. Triskel has gone on to produce the South African winner My Angelface.
The next dam Pat Or Else produced six winners in total, and her many winning descendants include the Grp-3 placed Burnwynd Boy and the Listed-placed Shoshoni Wind.
Rock of Gibraltar is a broodmare sire of note, his mares having produced between them the winners of dozens of pattern races, including top-level victors Mikki Isle and Photo Call.
This youngster is by the former Grp-2 Lennox Stakes winner Finjaan. Precocious enough to win the Molecomb, classy enough to finish third in the Dewhurst - beaten two noses - and sound and resilient enough to continue racing at a high level until the age of seven, it is little surprise that he is overcoming a lack of early opportunities to succeed at stud. His first crop last year included the Italian Listed-winner Pachinaaj, whilst earlier this year his son Samovar completed a hat trick inside five weeks. The early signs strongly suggest that he is more than capable of upgrading his mares.
With some classy performers in the pedigree, this colt looks an interesting prospect. His dam was a 36,000gns foal, and her siblings include a 155,000gns yearling, whilst the aforementioned My Angelface sold for €260,000 at the yearling stage. Such information points to this offer representing an absolute bargain at the advertised price.