(according to the European Bloodstock News)
It has been announced that the regally-bred Mullins Bay, recently arrived in South Africa, will race next summer before taking up stud duties for his current owners, Summerhill Stud. A 525,000gns Tattersalls yearling, the six-year-old son of Machiavellian is a half-brother to five winners, including the very useful Stagecraft and is a Gr.3 winner himself. His dam, Bella Colora, was a Gr.1 winner who was placed in the 1,000 Guineas and hails from one of the most famous Meon Valley families in the book.
Sold to his South African connections out of Ballydoyle, he was campaigned in Dubai last year by Mike De Kock with a tilt at the Dubai World Cup in mind. Sadly, niggling injuries forced a change of plan and he was an excellent third in the Gr.2 Godolphin Mile on World Cup night when in need of the run. He has since had three starts in the UK, including a third in the Gr.3 Select Stakes. His most recent outing was in the Gr.1 Champion Stakes, when Jamie Spencer was unable to settle him in front.
Mike de KockDe Kock explained, “He is in South Africa now and will be a major addition to the sire ranks there. It was a real shame at Newmarket, as it was the one time we had him 100% fit. He will have a break at Summerhill Stud before returning to training in January, hopefully recovered from the joint injury which has plagued him. He should then be ready to race in the summer before retiring.” The Gr.1 Gold Challenge in June has been penciled inas a target, along with the Gr.1 Durban July on the first Saturday of July, as connections seek that elusive win in the highest class.