Juddmonte Farms

BATED BREATH'S PROGENY MAKING HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES

Taken from the Racing Post. Article by Nancy Sexton:

The prevailing fast conditions are undoubtedly playing to the advantage of a number of stallions.

For some, such as those belonging to the Danzig clan, this summer is showing them in a good light, confirming what we already know. And obviously there are others for whom this dry spell is not such great news. 

Heading into August, we have already learned that No Nay Never’s progeny, for the most part, skip over fast ground. But then isn’t that to be expected from a son of Scat Daddy who relished fast ground in keeping with his own lineage? We also know that a sound surface often brings out the best in Exceed And Excel’s progeny, so in that respect it’s no surprise to see current conditions play to the strengths of his emerging sire sons Bungle Inthejungle and Kuroshio.

Fast ground doesn’t appear to hinder BATED BREATH's runners either, judging by events of the past few days. The Banstead Manor Stud resident, who operates at a clip of 25% on good to firm in Britain and Ireland, sired his third stakes winner last weekend in Worth Waiting, who completed a hat-trick for David Lanigan in the Aphrodite Stakes at Newmarket. Her win came on the same afternoon that Viadera ran a promising second to the hardy colt Marie’s Diamond in the Anglesey Stakes at the Curragh.

There were some stallions for whom the past week was more productive – Footstepsinthesand springs to mind as the sire of Marie’s Diamond and Minstrel Stakes winner Larchmont Lad – but in the case of BATED BREATH, recent events have been as much about potential as blacktype.

On Thursday, Space Traveller made it two out of two for Richard Fahey in a Hamilton novice. Although he is yet to step out of minor company, the ease of his win, allied to the strong impression he made on his winning debut at Doncaster, suggests he is worthy of his Gimcrack Stakes entry.

Fahey’s yard also houses Metallic Black, who wasn’t asked a serious question on his winning debut the following day at Pontefract. His win capped a good afternoon for his sire, also represented earlier in the day by promising Newbury scorer Momkin. Trained by BATED BREATH's former handler Roger Charlton, his previous experience evidently stood him in good stead as he nosed out the debutant Beat Le Bon, the pair pulling six lengths clear of an interesting field.

BATED BREATH’S WEEK (JULY 18-25)

Sire of:

Worth Waiting (2015 f ex Salutare by Sadler’s Wells) - won Aphrodite Stakes L.

Viadera (2016 f ex Sacred Shield by Beat Hollow) - 2nd Anglesey Stakes Gr.3

Also 2YO winners Metallic Black, Momkin and Space Traveller

Acid test

Obviously a dip into stakes company will provide the acid test for these youngsters down the line. But by their very emergence, as well as that of Viadera, it would seem that BATED BREATH's third crop has the scope to be his strongest yet.

BATED BREATH's detractors will point to a record of three stakes winners, led by a single Pattern scorer, from three crops of racing age, each of which is deep in numbers and mare quality relative to a fee that has never gone beyond £10,000.

Yet that side to his stud career could look quite different come the end of the year given he also has last year’s Rockfel Stakes third Gavota and Round Tower Stakes runner-up Landshark running for him.

And should Beckford, last year’s Railway Stakes winner who is currently sidelined by injury, return to the form that saw him run down his rivals to take the Williams Walker Stakes at Churchill Downs in April, then surely he is in line for a lucrative career in America with Brendan Walsh.

For one reason or another, the majority of BATED BREATH's stakes horses are from his second crop. He has spent his stud career in the shadow of his illustrious stud-mate FRANKEL but since the pair are geared to different sectors of the market, it’s negligible what effect that might have had.

Indeed, he caught the imagination of those breeders shopping in the £10,000 bracket, as you might expect from a good-looking son of DANSILI who won the Temple Stakes and ran placed in the July Cup, King’s Stand Stakes and two renewals of the Betfred Sprint Cup.

Home support

BATED BREATH attracted a book of 147 mares in his first year, including 21 stakes winners and 41 stakes producers. Juddmonte has sent a sizeable number to the horse, including such heavyweights as the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches heroine Zenda, herself dam of KINGMAN, Coraline, the dam of Reefscape and Martaline, and Double Crossed, the dam of Twice Over (so far, the best Juddmonte-bred runners by BATED BREATH have been Gavota and Viadera).

When BATED BREATH's foals looked the part, he also came to be the subject of market approval, returning an average of 196,667gns at Book 1 of the 2015 Tattersalls October Sale and approximately 50,000gns for that year overall. Last year, he provided the £270,000 Goffs UK Premier sale-topper.

So far, that first crop has produced four stakes horses, among them Al Johrah, who ran second in the Queen Mary Stakes and Prix Robert Papin, and the Group 3-placed pair Take A Deep Breath and Unabated.

However, much better emerged out of his second crop, a group that contains seven stakes performers led by Beckford. He’s a colt with an interesting background in that he is inbred to Danehill and Nashwan (the latter pattern is rarely seen, unsurprisingly, and given that the smallish Beckford is a pacey colt, it’s reasonable to assume that a double dose of the sizeable and long-striding Nashwan has had little effect).

More to come

Worth Waiting seemingly improved again on Saturday for the step up to 1m4f, in keeping with the general trend of her family. Bred by Whatton Manor Stud, who sold her at the Tattersalls October Sale for 40,000gns to Rabbah Bloodstock, she is the first stakes winner out of Salutare, a winning half-sister to George Strawbridge’s talented but mercurial Prix Royal-Oak winner Montare, herself dam of another talented character in Journey.

This is a family that tends to improve with age, so it’s very possible that we still haven’t seen the best of Worth Waiting.

BATED BREATH has been given plenty of opportunity to succeed and in Worth Waiting and Viadera, both of whom represent the Sadler’s Wells cross, he has two fillies with the potential to satisfy those who have invested in him. However, if Space Traveller, Momkin or Metallic Black can live up to their early promise, then he might just be on the cusp of a breakthrough season.

Date: 26 July 2018