As we did last year, we travelled again to faraway lands to secure a bit of a spread for our yearling crop next year, and included among the four youngsters we acquired on that foray, were sons of Galileo and Tail Of The Cat.
Soldier of Fortune’s grand victory in Sunday’s Arc trial the Prix Niel (Gr.2) at Longchamps, and the top European Two Year Old performance of the season from New Approach, whose smothered Godolphin’s hitherto unbeaten Rio De La Plata, in the National Stakes (Gr.1) later the same afternoon reminded us what an outstanding stallion is proving to be. If ever European breeders needed any assurance that the Sadler’s Wells legacy was in good hands, surely the deeds of Galileo and Montjeu must’ve taken ample care of it.
Across the “pond” at Belmont Park, USA, the Futurity Stakes (Gr 2) was being played out as a match between the favourite, the unbeaten Kodiak Cowboy and Tail Of The Cat’s son, Tail of Ekati. In the event, the latter got up for a convincing victory to place him at the top of the American Two Year Old rankings.
This leaves followers of the Summerhill yearling draft with the mouthwatering prospect of being able to acquire yearlings by these two exceptional international stallions in local currency at local prices. As we’ve said before, there’s no need to beat a path to Sydney. Just take the plane to Oliver Tambo, and we’ll pick you up!