Zoffany gets first Group 1 winner on the board

Zoffany: son of Dansili covered a glittering book in 2016

PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpostl.com/photos) Zoffany gets first Group 1 winner on the board By Martin Stevens 6:55PM 16 OCT 2016

LAST season's standout European first-season sire Zoffany put a first Group 1 winner on the board on Sunday when his son Ventura Storm landed the Premio Jockey Club at Milan in Italy.

Ventura Storm saw off the locally-trained Pounced colt Full Drago by a neck, with Andrew Balding's Mount Nelson mare Elbereth in third.

Trained by Richard Hannon for Middleham Park Racing, Ventura Storm has been a fine flagbearer for Zoffany, having also won the Group 3 Prix de Reux and two Listed contests and finishing second in the St Leger on his last start.

Zoffany is also the sire of European Group 2 winners Foundation, Illuminate, Knife Edge and Waterloo Bridge and Group 3 scorer Dolce Strega, while Architecture and Washington DC have registered Group 1 placings.

Follow Us on Twitter

Zoffany, a son of Dansili who won the Phoenix Stakes at two and finished second to Frankel in the St James's Palace Stakes at three, had his fee at Coolmore increased to €45,000 for 2016.

This year he covered 208 mares, 36 of whom were black-type winners including Mauralakana, Shalanaya and Yesterday, who struck at the highest level. He was also sent the dams of Group 1 winers Dancing Rain, La Collina, Make Believe and The Wow Signal.

Ventura Storm was bred by Laurence Kennedy out of the unplaced Haafhd mare Sarawati, a half-sister to Listed winner and Ribblesdale Stakes second Sahool and to the dams of Group 2 Prix Robert Papin winner Gutaifan and dual Hardwicke Stakes winner Maraahel.

Other close relations are Group 2-winning sprinters Haatef and Magical Memory.

Haafhd has emerged as a useful broodmare sire, as another daughter bred this year's leading three-year-old sprinter Quiet Reflection.

Sarawati was bought as a broodmare prospect for 36,000gns by George Mullins at the 2010 Tattersalls December Breeding-Stock Sale.

The ten-year-old also has a yearling colt by Footstepsinthesand who was sold to Peter and Ross Doyle for €200,000 at last month's Goffs Orby Yearling Sale, and a colt foal by Rip Van Winkle. She was covered by No Nay Never this year.

Ventura Storm has been through a sale ring three times: as a foal at Goffs when bought by Tally-Ho Stud for €54,000; as a yearling in the same ring when bought by Grangebarry for €50,000; and as a two-year-old at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-up Sale when bought by Peter and Ross Doyle for 110,000gns.

    Read More at Racing Post Bloodstock

    Leave us a comment!

    Share this story:


    Newsletter

    Subscribe to our Newsletter today to receive Free Horse Racing Tips.

    Simply fill out the form below and wait for the Free Tips to land in your inbox.



    You May Also Like