"He's very special" - Tally-Ho graduate Perfect Power wins the G1 Middle Park Stakes
An impressive victory by Perfect Power, bred and breezed by Tally-Ho Stud, in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket set the seal on a brilliant two-year-old campaign for Richard Fahey's colt on Saturday.
Many congratulations to his owner Sheikh Rashid Dalmook al Maktoum and Blandford Bloodstock, who signed at £110,000 for the colt out of our draft at the Goffs Breeze-Up Sale in April.
The son of Ardad was bred here out of Sagely, a winning Frozen Power half-sister to the Listed-placed Sagaciously.
A three-parts sister to Perfect Power - a filly by Kodiac out of Sagely - will sell as Lot 214 out of our draft at next week's Goffs Orby Sale.
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.
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 in June and later followed up in the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville.
Held up on Saturday by Christophe Soumillon, Perfect Power was asked to make up a lot of ground on the outer but he answered every call to stick his neck out and swoop past the field. At the line, he had a cosy half-length to spare over Castle Star with fellow Tally-Ho breezer Twilight Jet, who had cut out much of the running, only a length away in behind.
Perfect Power was cut to 8-1 second favourite (from 16-1) by Paddy Power for next year's Qipco 2,000 Guineas.
Richard Fahey told the Racing Post: "This is a very special day with a very special horse given a very special ride. He's special and you could see that with the way he quickened. He's had a busy season but he loves it. He spends most of his time laying down asleep at home and saves his best for these days.
"I was very confident coming down this morning, but having watched the previous races here, I thought we had an impossible task from slot one. It was a great performance and it's not often you have a dual Group 1 winner in the yard, and I'm delighted for the team and the owner Sheikh Rashid who is here today."
Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum's racing manager Bruce Raymond added: "I've never seen a horse quicken like Perfect Power does and that was fantastic.
"I would have been worried about the draw with any other jockey than Christophe on him, as he told us not to worry when we had a similar stall at Deauville and he won very well from there."
Ardad is one of five sons of Kodiac to have supplied stakes winners out of their first two crops. In addition to Ardad, they consist of leading second-crop sire Kodi Bear, Royal Ascot sire Prince Of Lir, Coulsty and Adaay - all of which bodes extremely well for Kodiac’s next son in line, KESSAAR!