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Bated Breath Ten Up

Posted 21/9/2019

Kaanoon winning at Yarmouth in 2018Kaanoon winning at Yarmouth in 2018            Kokocha won at ParisLongchamps today leading all the way and winning on the nod over 1800m in a time that was faster than the Group 3 fillies and mares race which took place over the same distance just the race before. That's three wins on the trot for the daughter of Bated Breath out of Pivotal mare Leaves You Baby that we unfortunately lost in a claimer after she won at Clairefontaine. Congratulations to new owner and trainer Hedi Ghabri and hopefully she continues on the upward trend.

            The win was also an important milestone for James Ortega Bloodstock as that makes ten wins for the three Bated Breath horses we have bred of racing age accumulating prize money of around £300,000. Ekhtiyaar, rated 110, has won four and has been Group 3 placed whilst Kaanoon has won three and reached a rating high to date of 98. Needless to say Bated Breath is quite popular with us! And there are more to come as we have a yearling filly by the sire out of Group 3 winner Birthstone as well as a filly foal out of Chicita Banana who is closely related to very promising juvenile Palace Pier who has won two from two in impressive style. Looking forward to next year we have no fewer than three mares in foal to the sire and if we can continue with the success to date we will be more than happy!

            So what is it we like about Bated Breath? Well apart from the obvious that all three have won at least three races each, and whilst three horses (five including the youngsters) is not statistically a big number to be making comments on, I would say that they appear to have good temperaments as well as sound physiques. Ekhtiyaar was a bit buzzy and thought plenty of himself which he has proved he was entitled to do, whilst Kaanoon is a gent and Kokocha is a lovely, well mannered filly. I also think Bated Breath, a sprinter himself, fits well with mares who were middle/longer distance themselves as well as with sprinters. Ekhtiyaar's dam falls into the latter category whilst Kaanoon's and Kokocha's fall into the former. He's a solid individual and he passes on his frame to his offspring it seems to me.

            There is no doubt in my mind that Bated Breath is the best value sire around at the moment and we hope to have a few more winners down the line from him!Ekhtiyaar winning at Newmarket on the July CourseEkhtiyaar winning at Newmarket on the July Course

Kokochawinning at ParisLongchamps on Sept 21 2019Kokochawinning at ParisLongchamps on Sept 21 2019