Sire: RAINBOW QUEST (USA)
Dam: MIDNIGHT AIR (USA)
Dam Sire: GREEN DANCER (USA)
Currently in foal: no
Foal at foot: yes
Details: filly by Peace Envoy
County: North Yorkshire
The 15-year-old broodmare Thinking Positive is offered for sale. This well-related mare has a yearling colt by Nathaniel - who has been retained - and a filly foal by the Grp-3 winner Peace Envoy that has already been weaned but can be purchased as part of this deal.
Thinking Positive is not currently in foal and will be ready for an early cover next year. Thinking Positive was trained by John Gosden and raced in the famous George Strawbridge silks. She was fourth to the subsequent Oaks heroine Light Shift on her only outing at two, showing abundant promise, and went on to finish in the first four on all of her starts as a three-year-old, including when winning a mile and half handicap at Bath.
Thinking Positive is a daughter of the great Rainbow Quest, who was one of the most noted broodmare sires of recent generations. His daughters gave a multitude of top-flight animals, such as the Derby winners North Light and Kris Kin, the St Leger winner Kingston Hill and the Oaks heroine Look Here.
In addition to this, Thinking Positive boasts immaculate credentials on the distaff side of her pedigree. She is out of the Grp-3 (then) May Hill Stakes winner Midnight Air, so counts amongst her five winning siblings the top-class Midnight Line, who also won the May Hill, went on to Grade-2 success in the US and was placed in the Oaks. The family has been in the spotlight again of late as Midnight Line's son Communique has progressed through the ranks to take the Grp-2 Jockey Club Stakes and Grp-2 Princess of Wales's Stakes this season.
Clearly this is a family of exceptional quality - indeed if you scan back a generation further you will find Grp-1 winners Together, Jan Vermeer and Imperial Ballet - and so it is no surprise that Thinking Positive's offspring have long attracted sales ring attention.
Her 2011-foaled son Fort Mountain realised 240,000gns as a yearling, whilst her talented 2009-foaled daughter Thinking Spirit sold for 75,000gns at the conclusion of her racing career. Thinking Spirit, a winner in France and dam of a winner already, is the best performer out of Thinking Positive to date, but the majority of her five runners have shown enough ability to win from limited appearances.
As the details above indicate, Thinking Positive represents the most fantastic bloodlines. She may not be in the first flush of youth, but she has plenty of breeding years ahead of her and has proven her ability to produce a winner. There is much to like about this mare who is offered at a bargain price.
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