The eagle-eyed amongst you may have spotted a couple of new names at the foot of the page. Yep, the sale on the pair of Lord Ilsley Racing ponies has been confirmed, and while they have yet to be named, it's worth looking at their bloodlines. Both were born in the Spring of 2013, and both can boast Danetime as the father of their sires.
Looking at the colt first, he was sired by Baltic King. Baltic King had an incredibly long history on the track by UK standards, and won a few Stakes races along the way before being sent to the Tally-Ho Stud in Ireland. His father was Danetime by Danehill, the latter successfully combining the blood of Tesio's greatest to go down in history as one of the most successful sires of all-time, while his female line has Roberto (Hail To Reason) and Northern Dancer DNA running through its veins. Hail To Reason and Northern Dancer pop up again on Baltic King's dam side via Lindfield Belle. The colt's dam was Regal Lustre, who carries yet more Roberto and Northern Dancer blood, which is fine by me - I love Roberto! Her sire, Averti, picked up a 5-2-6 record from 41 starts, and had Warning as his father, who had a fabulous record, including a win in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. Her dam was Noble Lustre, a Kentucky mare that has given birth to numerous successful racers.
As for the filly, she is by Bushranger out of Miss Megs. Bushranger won a couple of G1 races, combining the blood of Danetime and Danz Danz, the latter carrying on the Danzig line via Green Desert, as well as a drop of War Admiral and Sir Ivor DNA. Her dam, Miss Megs, won twice as a three-year old, and has given birth to three winners from her six kids. Her sire was Croco Rouge, who won a couple of G1 races thanks to his Blushing Groom and Alleged bloodlines, with Princequillo providing the Irish link. On her dam side, we have Shirley Heights (Mill Reef) and High Top.
We'll drop up these profiles again, separated and with some pictures, as soon as the pair are named. I'm looking forward to another fun season of English flat racing...