BRITISH 2yo RACING 2008 - Horse Summary
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Pride Of Kings  (BY C, Mar 31) [Picture]
M. Johnston Jaber Abdullah King's BestAunty Mary (Pedigree)Common Grounds 16000 gns [DSL]

Racing Summary
Sales Ratings :- [ Rating: 50 ]      [ Full Rating: 190 ]
30 Apr Mark Johnston ran a Sheikh Mohammed homebred in the race last year called Battlecruiser which was on it's debut. It looked big and usable enough to suggest it might be alright but ran a shocker. Several more runs of the same negative promise saw him sold off at season's end for 3,000gns by which time he looked half the size he did at Ascot in May. What was all that about? More of the same here with a 16,000gns purchase in Pride Of Kings. He was bred by Floors Stud for whom Johnston trained Attraction and this one is vaguely related to her (in the sense that we are all related to Shakespeare at some genetic level). 
  • Now, he has been passed on to Jaber Abdullah who has long had a privileged position with Mick Channon and often gets useful fillies passed on to him who were bought cheaply. Look no further back than 2007 when Group winning fillies Nahoodh & Nijoom Dubai both cost 19,000gns and raced for him with Channon. Does he have the same position with Johnston? The sales report on Pride Of Kings was very, that's very, negative about his chances at 2yo and you have to stick with that unless he has entirely metamorphosed over the winter. As we saw from the 2007 escapade a Johnston debut in this race for a major, that's major, arab owner doesn't mean much so a very mixed story.
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    Run Rc # Date Course Dist Gng RcCls RcTyp SP Postn [Est] [Prf] RnSty RcPc Notes Hdgr
    143Apr 30ASCT5GS3Cnd87-7-816 AvCenStds, -Hf+1f & Hf, SFre, QOupcd-2, Fd
    291May 17DONC5GF5Auc810-11-532 P2Av-1+1f & Hf, Fd-2f
    3231Jun 24BVLY7.5GFF5Auc203-1026 .
    4383Jul 23CATT7F5Nur61-83134 .
    5870Oct 7CATT7GGS4Nur5.53-1216 .
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    Pride Of Kings:-  Pedigree Details
    DAM Name Previous Foals and their Racing Performances Foal Years General Notes
    Aunty Mary 2 previous foals.
    Full to :-
    • 5f 2yo/7f 3yo Kings Bastion (72k, rtd 53/74, HiT 3yo rtnd 10k)
    • +unr 2yo Barley Breeze (Danehill Dancer)
    dam 5f 2yo/unp 5-6f 3yo (31k, rtd 79/70),
    half to 1 winner from 2 of 5, viz Gp1 2-3yo Attraction
    DAM 99 =
    • 04 KB
    • 05 BB

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