GALE FORCE TEN COULD HEAD TO FRANCE AFTER DUNDALK VICTORY

The 2013 season is only just underway but already OASIS DREAM has got the year off to a flying start by becoming the leading sire in Europe in order of prizemoney (Hyperion Statistics, to 25th March).

The leading sire also has a new stakes winner to his name, in the shape of the O’Brien-trained colt Gale Force Ten, winner of the Listed Elusive Pimpernel Patton Stakes at Dundalk on Friday (5th April).

Taken from European Bloodstock News 06/04/13:

Tracking the leaders, (Gale Force Ten) led after two furlongs and asserted in the final furlong for an easy victory by two and three-quarter lengths from the Niall Moran-trained Don’t Bother Me (Dark Angel) with Liberating (Iffraaj) a further three quarters of a length back in third. The second favourite Cougar Ridge (Johnnesburg) was a nonrunner, as he refused to load into the stalls.

Gale Force Ten holds entries in the 2,000 and Irish 2,000 Guineas, but it appears the French equivalent could be his target with O’Brien explaining: “I’m delighted with that. We thought he might be a French Guineas type of horse and looking at that I’d say he’ll get a mile, and he loves fast ground.

“There's a trial race in France and he could go for that on the way, but he didn't look too unfit there and mightn’t have to have it (the trial).”

He was third in a tight finish to Reckless Abandon (Exchange Rate) in the Gr.1 Middle Park Stakes, beaten only half a length on his last start, won his maiden at the Curragh on his second start and was second to Reckless Abandon on his third appearance in the Gr.2 Norfolk Stakes, then fourth in the Gr.2 July Stakes before a disappointing run a Listed race at the Curragh, beaten ten lengths on heavy ground.

Bred by S Tindall, D Ludlow and Stowell Hill Ltd, he was purchased at the DBS Premier Yearling Sale by Eddie Fitzpatrick for £280,000. He is the first foal out of the Listed Warwickshire Oaks heroine Ronaldsay (Kirkwall), who also filled the runner-up spot in the Listed Severals Stakes, the Listed Chalice Stakes and the Listed August Stakes. This is the family of the Gr.1 Moyglare Stud Stakes victrix Bianca Nera and a Gr.1 Moyglare Stakes runner-up in Hotelgenie Dot Com and the Gr.1 Fillies Mile winner Simply Perfect.

Date: 8 April 2013