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Mehmas colt hugely impressive in Brocklesby

Mehmas picked up where he left off last season on Saturday as his first 2yo runner of the year, Persian Force, bolted up for Amo Racing in the Brocklesby Stakes at Doncaster.

The Richard Hannon-trained colt was well backed to oblige and having travelled well for Rossa Ryan, put the race to bed in a matter of strides, bounding clear for a near five-length success.

"Persian Force was very good, he was very professional," said Rossa Ryan. "We liked him at home, he hasn't done a lot but everything we've done with him he's done well and professionally and today was the same. He didn't even look at the crowd, he just did his job. I never had a moment's worry. We were going a good gallop and I was always cantering all over them. He's going to improve, I hope we've only scraped the surface of what's underneath the bonnet yet. He's got bundles of speed and when the time comes and he needs to go up to six furlongs he'll be much better equipped. He's going to be nice."

Persian Force was bred by Tom Lacy and is a brother to last season's high-class 2yo Gubbass - he was Mehmas' first 2yo winner of the season in 2021 and subsequently won the Weatherbys Super Sprint and ran placed in the Group 2 Richmond Stakes at Goodwood. They are out of Vida Amorosa, a Lope De Vega relation to smart sprinter Garrus.

Persian Force was purchased by us for €75,000 from Ringfort Stud as a Goffs November Foal and resold through our draft at last year's Goffs Orby Sale for €225,000 to Peter and Ross Doyle (pictured above).

Tally-Ho Stud and the Lacy family were also on the mark in Saudi Arabia courtesy of Pagan, a son of Sir Prancealot who landed his second race in as many weeks in the turf handicap.

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