Category: Horses in training (Flat)
Sire: BATED BREATH (GB)
Dam: RED KYTE (GB)
Dam Sire: HAWK WING (USA)
County: North Yorkshire
The fun and compact three-year-old Bated Breath sprinter Abate is offered for sale. He is currently based with trainer Adrian Nicholls near Thirsk, who would be delighted to keep the horse in the yard, but equally he could be moved on for the right price.
Abate ran just the once for Roger Charlton last season but has shown steady progression since switching stables. He was a 40/1 fourth on his seasonal reappearance at Pontefract in April behind the now 90-rated Rathbone, before finishing an excellent second at Ripon behind the now 103-rated Victory Day.
Further narrow defeats behind talented horses followed before Abate gained a deserved maiden victory in a six-furlong Ripon maiden in June. On that occasion he made all the running and was never for catching, eventually running out a decisive two and three-quarter length winner. The form has worked out noticeably well, with Abate's victims winning six races between them in the months since.
Abate has since run generally with credit in three handicaps, although his failure to finish in the placings has allowed some relief from the handicapper and his mark has dropped to 71. His collateral form with the useful horses highlighted above indicates that this is a very lenient mark. Furthermore, having been so lightly-raced at two, there is every chance that the best is yet to come.
Abate is out of the dual-winning sprinter Red Kyte, whose other successful progeny include the 89-rated triple winner Auberge du Lac (known as Multi Facets in Hong Long) and the four-time Spanish winner Billycock Hill, both of whom excelled as older horses. There is no little quality in the family too, as under the second dam we find the Stakes-winners Hammadi, Pants On Fire and Bomar.
Abate could also scarcely be the product of a more fashionable sire. Bated Breath continues to climb the stallion ladder, his stellar 2019 highlighted by a Royal Ascot hat-trick and the success of Worth Waiting in the Grp-2 Dahlia Stakes.
Abate is a talented young sprinter, who is competitively handicapped and can go on to compete in a higher grade in the future. He is only available for sale due to his current owner reducing his racing commitments and has a very bright future.
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