Persian King ex Sidewalk

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Shares available: 2
Cost per share: £5,100 initial, £2,000 year two. This is a budget, actual cost will depend on actual expenditure incurred. ‘Year two’ is expected to start 1 August 2024. For other shareholdings, please contact us.
Percentage per share: 5%
Colt, 1 yr
Sire: Persian King (France)
Dam: Sidewalk (Ireland)

This is a big, scopey colt, who is reminiscent of his sire as a yearling. Persian King was the best racehorse to retire to stud in France for several years, but his yearlings met with only lukewarm enthusiasm, though they attracted more attention as the season progressed. This is because of the vogue for immediate satisfaction and his stock were often gangly and clearly immature. Indeed, the improvement in his figures can be ascribed to the extra time helping that
stamp of yearling to fill out.

It was imprudent to take a typical model such as this to an early sale, but no doubt the stallion managers were keen to be represented at the most prestigious sale (the Deauville August sale). This is well illustrated by the difference in the median value of his stock between the two Deauville yearling sales – 55k in August and 42k in October. This is a fraction of the decline apparent in other stallions with multiple representatives and clearly shows the greater demand for lesser pedigrees where an individual is more straightforward to comprehend.

The dam’s pedigree has a profile which has been rewarding for me over the years and again is often a reason such lots are not given fair consideration: this is the second foal and the first is an unraced Churchill. The second dam was rated 35 on the French scale – equivalent to 79 in UK. She had only two siblings, one a black-type winner rated 47 (OR 105) and the other a horse called Intelligentsia, a 150,000 guineas purchase owned by the late Queen. I was at Newbury when she broke her maiden on debut, beating a filly subsequently rated 101. She was very highly rated and started third favourite for a Group Three next time out, but was unfortunately injured and disappointed. In my view this mare deserves more attention than the simple catalogue entry suggests. This is similar to Tamfana’s profile.

The dam is by New Approach who has made an impact as broodmare sire this year, boosting some unlikely sires to high level success, such as a Nunthorpe winner by the unheralded Prince of Lir. Those of you with a deeper interest in pedigrees may be interested to read the excerpt that follows below regarding inbreeding to Gone West, who is represented 4X5 in this yearling.

This horse is a rig, which means he has one testicle high in the canal. It is a not uncommon condition. The development of his pelvis and hindquarter does not betray this and in my experience when there is no clue in this area of the anatomy, it very rarely presents a problem. Those of you looking for reassurance should read the following biography of ‘breed-shaping’ sire AP Indy


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