12th Aug 2014
Three years ago, a handsome son of OASIS DREAM and the Stakes winning filly RONALDSAY “swaggered into the sales ring at DBS, covering the ring in half the strides of his contemporaries” (EBN 02/09/11).
A sale topping £280,000.00 later GALE FORCE TEN was knocked down to Eddie Fitzpatrick after a protracted duel with Darley’s John Ferguson and Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock and ultimately Ballydoyle bound.
“An extravagant mover, very strong, a smashing colt” (Eddie Fitzpatrick – COOLMORE) “Demi (O’Byrne)and the lads loved him… it’s a super family” (family of BIANCA NERA, SIMPLY PERFECT, etc.)
GALE FORCE TEN won his maiden at The Curragh over LEITIR MOR (2nd Gr.1 PHOENIX STAKES & DEWHURST STAKES) en route to ROYAL ASCOT where he battled gamely in the NORFOLK STAKES Gr.2 to run subsequent CHAMPION EUROPEAN JUVENILE RECKLESS ABANDON to ¾ of a length.
To round off his 2yo season Aidan O’Brien picked the Gr.1 MIDDLE PARK STAKES at Newmarket, where RECKLESS ABANDON, winner of the Gr.1 Prix Morny on his previous start, found it difficult to shake off the son of OASIS DREAM, just half a length separating the two this time, franking genuine Gr.1 form and ending the season with an Official Rating of 115.
GALE FORCE TEN won his 3yo seasonal debut, the Listed ELUSIVE PIMPERNEL PATTON STAKES in preparation for the Gr.1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains, won by STYLE VENDOME with GALE FORCE TEN only ¾ of a length adrift.
The epitome of soundness GALE FORCE TEN was back at The Curragh two weeks later for the Gr.1 Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas, with subsequent Gr.1 IRISH DERBY winner TRADING LEATHER back in third place, GALE FORCE TEN battled out the finish with Gr.1 BREEDERS’ CUP TURF winner MAGICIAN, the latter coming off best in a truly “Classic” running of the race with the Gr.1 PRIX JEAN PRAT winner HAVANA GOLD a further 3l behind and Gr.1 BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE winner GEORGE VANCOUVER also in their wake.
For his fourth start in ten weeks and two Classic races later, GALE FORCE TEN was back to ROYAL ASCOT for the Jersey Stakes, headed inside the final furlong by MONTIRIDGE he refused to back down, and won in the final stride.
“He was extremely tough to rally again” said his admiring trainer, Aidan O’Brien “He’s a very hardy horse, strong with plenty of pace.”
We strive to find the perfect stallion with a superb race record, by a sire of sires, out of a Stakes winning Selkirk line dam, with speed, exceptional looks, physical durability, a rich pedigree, a great walk, precocious and admired by all the right judges from day one, well here he is, a perfect ten:
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