29 November 2023
SOLARIO RACING struck a first today…its first foal purchase but not just any old purchase but a full-brother to the Mohaather yearling we purchased at last October’s yearling sales.
The bay/brown colt, like his sibling, is an April foal, born on 12th. His brother was born on 17th of the month! Both are good-looking and both are good walkers, which is why I bought them both.
Solario Racing has never bought a foal before but the Mohaather yearling (out of a Rip Van Winkle mare, Hyperactive) was in my, possibly biased view, well-bought at 22,000 guineas. One always takes a chance on first-season sires but if they hit the ground running, then one is ahead of the curve. Of course, if the sire proves a dud in terms of his progeny’s racecourse performances, then it’s not quite so smart a punt!
I arrived at Tattersalls today at 9.30am, anticipating that the full-brother would go through the ring at around 11.30am. I wanted to see other Mohaather foals to get a feel for their size, conformation and general demeanour and looked at nine, with the Hyperactive colt being deliberately the last I saw.
Foals being foals, of course, they all looked adorable but one has to be objective. The Mohaather foals came in different shapes and sizes but they are, like his sire, all very attractive.
The Hyperactive colt was indeed an active walker (but not hyperactive!) and he had a very pleasing demeanour. I had him vetted and scoped before I ventured into the sales ring and he passed with flying colours.
As for the auction itself, I knew I would have to go to £20k plus to get him. The bids were generally going up in £1k amounts but when it was against me at £23k, I bid £2k to £25k to try and secure the colt.
Another bidder went £26k and I went straight in at £27k after which the hammer seemed forever to come down…I went to Tatts with a view to getting one foal…and I got him!
He went straight away to Martley Hall Stud in Suffolk where he’ll spend the next 10 months until the Yearling Sales.
He’s a lovely foal and a ringing endorsement for his year older sibling who is doing extremely well with Amy Murphy!