Sheikh Hamdan’s racing and bloodstock manager of more than twenty years, Angus Gold, is a legend of our sport. He’s one of the most recognisable personalities in the game, and he knows what he’s up to. The Aussies are an exacting lot, and they’re harsh in their judgment of people who dare to venture into their sales environment, yet the one man they hold in universal esteem as a picker of racehorses and a good man in the truest sense, is Angus Gold.

In South Africa, he is the man, together with the initiator of the other Maktoum investments at Summerhill, Michael Goodbody, credited with the presence in this country of Ruling Family’s horses here, and today can take a bow at the achievements of Muhtafal and Kahal, here by dint of Angus exertions.

It’s no small praise then, when he acknowledges your horse as a prospect of note. On a recent visit, he took one look at Mullins Bay, and proclaimed him “as good looking a stallion prospect as I can remember, and he’s got one of the great pedigrees of the world”. This horse has a good deal going for him; because he could run like the wind, and like Kahal, Street Cry and Medicean, he’s a son of one of the world’s top emerging sires of sires, Machiavellian.