£7,500 plus VAT for 25%
Category: Horses in training (Flat)
Sire: Charm Spirit (Ire)
Dam: Valonia (GB)
Dam Sire: Three Valleys (USA)
There is just a quarter share left in this strong, good-moving two-year-old by the top young stallion Charm Spirit. He was purchased by John Ferguson and his team at Avenue Bloodstock to go into training with the very exciting young Newmarket-based trainer James Ferguson, who has recently taken out his licence.
This well put together individual looks a speedy type and has a pedigree which corroborates that view. He is out of the very smart Valonia, who was a six-furlong winner at Glorious Goodwood on her second appearance as a two-year-old before finishing third in the Grp-2 Rockfel Stakes over seven-furlongs later that season. As a three-year-old she continued to progress and won the Listed Flying Fillies Stakes over six-furlongs at Pontefract as well as running very well in pattern company on more than one occasion.
She retired with an official rating of 107, and her former trainer Henry Candy advised James before he purchased this Charm Spirit colt that the mare was 'very fast and very straight'. Valonia has produced one runner since having her attentions switched to breeding; a 2016 full-sister to the yearling on offer, who demonstrated promise on the second of two starts for Andrew Balding last season.
Closer examination of the pedigree reveals a depth of quality to the family which indicates a bright future for this impressive yearling. Valonia is one of three winners out of the winning two-year-old Descriptive and is therefore a sibling of the seven-time winner Explain, who achieved a peak rating of 91. Descriptive is in turn out of the Listed-placed Aga Khan-bred mare Ridiya, whose long list of black-type earning descendants includes the Listed winning and Grp-3 placed Ridaar and the Listed-placed dual Cambridgeshire hero Bronze Angel.
The prospects of this exciting yearling are further enhanced by the identity of his sire.
Charm Spirit was Grp-1 placed over seven-furlongs at two and developed into a brilliant miler for trainer Freddy Head at three years, winning the Grp-1 Prix Jean Prat, Grp-1 Prix du Moulin and Grp-1 QEII Stakes. Retired to Tweenhills Stud in 2015, his first crop emerged to great acclaim last season and he is already responsible for the pattern winners Aretha, Kick On and Yourtimeisnow.
The sire's commercial relevance has been demonstrated by his progeny auctioning for as much as €500,000 in the major European Sales rings, and it is important to note that he has previously matched with mares hailing from the Diesis sire line to produce the dual winning 85-rated Harbour Spirit and the 83-rated two-time scorer Jupiter Road.
James Ferguson is an ambitious and well-connected young trainer who has excelled as assistant to such luminaries as Sir Mark Prescott, Charlie Appleby, Brian Meehan and Jessica Harrington. Now embarking on his own career, James and his team offer a top-class training service which aims to provide owners with a thrilling and enjoyable all-round ownership experience.
Why not join forces with a hungry young trainer by taking a significant share in this enormously exciting prospect for the 2020 season?
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