We would like to introduce Surrey Gold, the latest addition to Surrey Racing. He is a beautifully bred Golden Horn yearling who was purchased at the Tattersalls December Sales Monday. He will go into training with Hughie Morrison, who helped us with the purchase.

We are absolutely delighted, if not a little surprised, to have bought a horse of this quality at the price we did. Using our well proven formula of researching the pedigree, preparing a shortlist and then comparing it to the trainer and bloodstock agent we were delighted that he was one of the few that appeared on both Hughie’s list and that of the agent Stroud Coleman. However, we were initially a little taken back when we were told that he was expected to fetch £100k plus on the basis of his pedigree and the way he looked so we were unlikely to get him. Nevertheless, nothing ventured nothing gained and we entered the bidding and were incredulous when the bidding stopped at 37,000 Guineas.

We think we were lucky in that the horse was Lot 7 and therefore buyers were still arriving and a number didn’t want to commit to a horse too early, rather waiting to assess the market and move for one of the later Lots. A Golden Horn colt that wasn’t as well bred or looked as good later went for 100,000 Guineas!!  They say it is “better to be lucky than be good.” This time we may have been both!

The horse was bred by Charlie Appleby from the dam Shemiyla, a Group 3 winning mare who Charlie bought off the Aga Khan for £90k (he also had to pay a £60k nomination fee!)  Shemiyla had a high RPR of 109 and has already produced a 3 from 3 winning progeny, two with RPR over 90.  The dam’s sire Dalakhani is probably one of the world’s best damsires, think Pinatubo, US Army Ranger, Nelson and Nichols Canyon.

The sire needs no explaining !

Golden Horn was rated 130 after an amazing 2015 winning the Epsom Derby, the Coral Eclipse, The Irish Champion Stakes and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and then narrowly just missing out in the Breeders Cup. He has started his stud career well with 7% juvenile stakes winners, a better first-crop performance than Galileo!

Golden Horn only ran once as a two year old, and the feeling is that Surrey Gold shouldn’t be rushed and will probably debut in the summer running a couple of times. All the breeding suggests this is a progressive horse and one that will require a little patience as he grows. However, from the comments we received after the purchase, including a suggestion that we should enter him in the 2021 Derby, it could well be worth the wait.

There is no doubt this is the best bred horse Surrey Racing have ever bought. With the sale price, the commissions to Tattersalls and Stroud Coleman, Insurance, vets, transport, and the cost of a 2021 Derby Entry we will be selling 7.5% shares for £4,750 with monthly fees starting from January 1st.

 

Surrey Gold Pedigree