We are delighted to announce that GOOD GUESS, Kodiac’s latest Group 1-winning son, will stand at Tally-Ho Stud next season.
Good Guess retires as the winner of four races for owner Hisaaki Saito and trainer Fabrice Chappet highlighted by this season’s Group 1 Prix Jean Prat and Group 3 Prix Djebel.
He was the brilliant winner of a deep renewal of the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Deauville, scoring by three lengths under Stephane Pasquier from Sauterne, subsequently winner of the Group 1 Prix du Moulin. Other Group 1 performers such as 2,000 Guineas winner Chaldean, Belbek, Hi Royal, Breizh Sky and Meditate were also behind him that day.
Prior to that performance, Good Guess won the Group 3 Prix Djebel at Deauville on his seasonal three-year-old reappearance. His successful return came off the back of a productive two-year-old season, in which he won his first two starts over 5 ½ furlongs and 6 furlongs at Chantilly.
“We are delighted to be adding Good Guess to our roster,” said Tally-Ho Stud’s Roger O’Callaghan. “As one of Kodiac’s best sons, it is very satisfying to be standing him in the same stallion yard as his sire.
“Kodiac already has a number of successful sons at stud and in Good Guess, we are delighted to be offering a son who was not only a precocious two-year-old but also trained on into the one of Europe’s best three-year-olds. He is also a very good-looking horse, as underlined by his yearling sales price of 420,000gns.”
Trainer Fabrice Chappet added: “Good Guess was an extremely classy horse. The Prix Jean Prat is always a good test of a three-year-old, being over 7f on a straight track, and Good Guess won the race over a strong field very easily.
“He also came to hand early as a two-year-old, had a very good turn of foot and is good-looking, so should be an exciting prospect for breeders.”
Good Guess is the first Group 1-winning son of Kodiac to stud in Britain and Ireland. A renowned influence for quality two-year-old speed, Kodiac has emerged as a successful sire of sires with sons such as Ardad, Coulsty, Kodi Bear and Prince Or Lir each represented by Group 1 performers in the past two seasons.
The good-looking Good Guess was purchased for 420,000gns by Sebastien Desmontils’ Chauvigny Global Equine at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale. He was bred by Cheveley Park Stud and belongs to one of their most successful families as a son of Zykina, a Pivotal daughter of Russian Rhythm, whose four Group 1 victories included the 1,000 Guineas.
“Good Guess has always been special from the day we first saw him at the sales,” said Sebastien Desmontils. “He is hard to fail both physically and mentally as well as on pedigree. He was an obvious one at the sales and he proved the market right, especially when he won the Prix Jean Prat in such great style over four other Group 1 winners.
“Good Guess was always very highly regarded by Fabrice Chappet and has never missed a day of training. So it is a great satisfaction to have him retiring sound physically and mentally to stud.
“It was logical that Mr Saito’s first Group 1 winner received plenty of interest from studs all across Europe. It was with great pleasure that Mr Saito decided to go with Tally-Ho Stud’s offer as they stand Kodiac, who has been a great success story for them and many breeders. The O’Callaghan’s know well what it takes to make a stallion and will undoubtedly give him the best chance to become one of Europe’s leading sires.
“Good Guess has always pleased everyone around him and I am sure he will continue to do so under the management and good care of Tally-Ho Stud. Mr Saito will be keen to support him and will be keeping a close eye on his progeny at the sales and on the track.”
A fee for Good Guess will be announced at a later date.