‘It's a long time since I've ridden a two-year-old like him!’ - Perfect Power lands Morny!
Many congratulations to Sheikh Rashid Dalmook al Maktoum and Richard Fahey on the victory of Perfect Power - bred and breezed by Tally-Ho Stud - in the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville.
The son of Ardad was bred here out of Sagely, a winning Frozen Power half-sister to the Listed-placed Sagaciously, and sold through our draft for £110,000 to Blandford Bloodstock at the Goffs Breeze-Up Sale in April.
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.
On Sunday, he was held up by Christophe Soumillon and quickened in smart style once asked to run down the leaders and win going away.
In the process, he became the fourth Prix Morny winner to be bred by Tally-Ho after Campanelle, Unfortunately and Bushranger. We also pinhooked Myboycharlie and pinhooked/breezed Dream Ahead.
"He's a laid-back character, but I always thought he was pretty smart," Richard Fahey told the Racing Post. "I imagine he'd be a nice horse to ride at the races because you wouldn't feel that he was ever going to get flustered.
"I was panicking there – maybe Christophe wasn't but he's a better jockey than I ever was or ever will be – but it was just great to see him coming through.“
Soumillon was also impressed. He said: "I was further back than ideal 600 metres [three furlongs] out and I had a choice to make. When I saw Ryan Moore outside me I decided to trust my instincts and go inside among horses.
"Once he started picking off horses that were back-pedalling he really hit his stride and he answered my every call. It's a a long time since I've ridden a two-year-old like him."
Plans now call for Perfect Power to be aimed at the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes.
Each of Kodiac’s sons at stud have supplied stakes winners out of their first 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!