Fayathaan Strikes in Italian Two Thousand Guineas

Fayathaan Strikes in Italian Two Thousand Guineas

The red-hot form of last year’s first-season sire sensation Mehmas  continues as the former British-trained Fayathaan  struck in the group 3 Italian Two Thousand Guineas at Capannelle April 25.

Fayathaan, who was bred by Ghs Bloodstock and Tally Ho Stud, was a £35,000 (US$34,015) purchase from the 2019 Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale, when snapped up by Oliver St Lawrence and Ballyvolane Stud. 

He was sent into training with Richard Fahey, for whom he won a handicap at Newcastle on his final start. Having sold to DML Racing for 40,000 guineas ($54,699) at last year’s Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale, the colt added two further wins to his name for Mark Loughnane before heading to this year’s Tattersalls February Sale.

An 85,000 guineas ($121,765) purchase from DML to Marco Bozzi, Fayathaan is the fifth individual group winner and eighth stakes victor for Mehmas, who last year set a new record for the number of individual first-crop winners by a European sire. 

The Tally-Ho stallion—winner of the Arqana July Stakes (G2) and Qatar Richmond Stakes (G2) as well as finishing second and third in the Betvictor Million Pound Goal National Stakes and Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (G1)—has continued his blazing form from last year with the American grade 3 victory of Going Global  and the big-priced win of Keeper of Time  in the group 3 Ballylinch Stud Priory Belle One Thousand Guineas Trial at Leopardstown this month. 

Now standing for a fee of €25,000—a sizeable increase from €7,500 last term—Mehmas has also produced Middle Park and Richmond Stakes hero Supremacy  and Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Gimcrack Stakes (G2) victor Minzaal  from his first crop. 

Fayathaan is the second foal out of the Elusive Quality mare Beauty of The Sea—a half sister to the stakes-placed Makfi mare Make Fast, the dam of last year’s Tattersalls July Stakes (G2) and Windsor Castle Stakes scorer Tactical 

On the same Capannelle card, the Italian One Thousand Guineas, also a group 3, was won by Wakanaka , a daughter of Power who was picked up for just £3,500 ($4,274) from the Goffs UK Silver Yearling Sale in 2019. 

Bred by Jean Brennan, Wakanaka was sold from Tullerboy Farm to Diego Dettori and is the second foal out of the winning Kodiac  mare Storyline.

Storyline, bred by Tally-Ho and owned by Yvonne Jacques during her racing career, was a £15,000 ($23,730) yearling purchase to Tim Easterby before selling to Brennan for 3,500 guineas ($5,913) at the Tattersalls Autumn HIT Sale in 2014. She is herself out of the listed-placed Petite Histoire, a Desert Story half sister to Cantorsport.co.uk Molecomb Stakes (G3) scorer Whitbarrow

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