Sheikh Fahad al-Thani’s new £3.6m horse could prove ‘cheap’

first_imgA price tag of more than £3.6m for a one-year-old horse was described on Wednesday night as potentially ‘cheap’ as Sheikh Fahad al-Thani of Qatar won the battle to own a much-admired young colt, sold by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stud. The unnamed animal is a brother to the unbeaten Too Darn Hot, the even‑money favourite for the Dewhurst Stakes on Saturday. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. While Fahad will decide that, it seems probable this colt will be sent to John Gosden, trainer of both Roaring Lion and Too Darn Hot. Gosden was here and said Too Darn Hot had breezed well under Frankie Dettori on Tuesday morning.Of his Arc winner Enable he said: “She’s eaten up and she’s in great, great form and we are very happy with her.” A decision is 10 days off but it appears there is every chance she will race again this year, at the Breeders’ Cup. Was this helpful? Share on Pinterest Show Worcester 1.25 Desirable Court 1.55 Nightfly 2.25 Freedom Run 3.00 Back On The Lash 3.30 Winter Spice 4.00 The Dawn Man 4.35 Braddan HeadAyr 1.35 Pendleton 2.05 Syndicate 2.35 Hot Hannah (nb) 3.10 Inexes 3.40 Redarna 4.10 Drover 4.45 Havana Go 5.15 Pammi (nap)Bangor 1.45 Markhan 2.15 Handy Hollow 2.50 Molly Childers 3.20 Eyesopenwideawake 3.50 Forget Me Knot 4.25 Jaunty Thor 5.00 Marju’s QuestChelmsford 5.10 So Hi Class 5.45 Airwaves 6.15 Fintas 6.45 Big Country 7.15 Oscar’s Ridge 7.45 Haroon 8.15 Majeste 8.45 Jumping CatsTips by Chris Cook. Horse racing tips Share on Twitter Reuse this content Topics Enable joins horse racing greats with second Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe win Read more Quick guide Racing tips for Thursday 11 October “I think he’s the one we all wanted,” said the Sheikh’s racing manager, David Redvers. Fahad joined the bidding as it passed £3m and saw off competition from Dubai’s Sheikh Hamdan al-Maktoum and Japanese interests, eventually signing for 3.5m guineas, a record for a yearling sold at auction this year. “These horses don’t come up very often. If he’s as good as his full brother, he’s a very cheap horse today.”Whether this colt has any speed is a matter of pure conjecture at this stage, for all that his pedigree is flashy and his physique was described by Redvers as “pretty faultless”. But the available clues are about as promising as they could be; in addition to Too Darn Hot, the colt has two sisters who were both placed in top-class races. Share via Email Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Hide Read more news Since you’re here… Horse racing Share on Messenger Thank you for your feedback. Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook This time next year we will be a lot closer to knowing whether Fahad has spent wisely. He is surely aware of the potential downside, having shelled out 2.5m guineas for the hopeless Hydrogen at this sale in 2012, but he struck gold when buying Roaring Lion for $160,000 in Kentucky two years ago, the grey having since won more than £2m in prize money, guaranteeing himself a lucrative stud career.“Sheikh Fahad and his brothers want the very best,” Redvers said, “and they’ve had a major taste of what that’s like this year with Roaring Lion, which has been wonderful to be part of and hopefully it’s not over yet. You can draw your own conclusions about where this one is likely to be trained.” Talking Horses: Longchamp had an opportunity, it delivered a shambleslast_img read more