"At no stage did he think he was going to get beat' - Perfect Power heads a Tally-Ho Greenham sweep
Tally-Ho graduate Perfect Power confirmed he was a colt out of the top drawer on Saturday when returning to action as the smooth winner of the Group 3 Greenham Stakes at Newbury.
The son of Ardad, bred by us out of Sagely, was bought by Sheikh Rashid Dalmook al Maktoum and Blandford Bloodstock for £110,000 out of our draft at last year's Goffs Breeze-Up Sale in Doncaster.
Similarly, Ardad was bred at Tally-Ho and also sold by us as a Goffs UK breezer prior to tasting Royal Ascot success in the Windsor Castle Stakes. Now a stallion at Overbury Stud, the Group 2 winner is one of five stakes-producing sons of Kodiac at stud - something which bodes very well for our own KESSAAR!
Perfect Power has been brilliantly managed by Richard Fahey; he was quick to reward his new connections by winning the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot and later followed up in the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville prior to an impressive success in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.
Again partnered on Saturday by Christophe Soumillon, Perfect Power travelled smoothly into the race and put matters to bed within several strides to ultimately run out the length-and-a-half winner.
Remarkably, it was a one-two for Tally-Ho-breds, with a mighty run from the Mehmas colt Lusail snaring second.
"Perfect Power nearly did everything perfect," said Soumillon. "The hardest part of riding him was the way down to the start as he was a bit tricky again. For the rest of the race he ran perfect, you can't ask for much more first time out this season in his prep race. I'm very pleased and they can now decide if he'll go to Newmarket. He's a top horse."
Perfect Power is now as a short as 7-1 for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas.
Richard Fahey told the Racing Post: "It would be unfair on some of my other horses to say he's the best, but he's a dual Group 1 winner," Fahey said of last year's Morny and Middle Park winner. "He’s a fast horse and he has improved a lot.
"I was very confident he would get seven [furlongs], Christophe said he’d stay seven last year. When a horse has so much speed like he has, it is always a worry on your mind but today was great and everything worked well.
"Christophe was delighted he jumped out the gates, because he was a little bit slow before and at no stage did he think he was going to get beat, which was good. It was a decent race today, I thought it was quite a deep Greenham."
Perfect Power wasn't the only stakes horse sold by us at last year's Goffs UK Breeze-Up Sale since our draft also included the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes winner Twilight Jet and recent Californian stakes winner Maglev.
Perfect Power is also our second Guineas Trial winner of the year after Malavath, successful in the Prix Imprudence at Deauville.