The champion juvenile who became a Derby winner

SIR PERCY’S racing career will always be remembered for the 2006 Epsom Derby where he came from an impossible position to win on the line.

However, it is Sir Percy’s achievements as a juvenile that make him such an exciting stallion prospect. The undefeated champion two-year-old in England with the highest ‘Top Speed’ rating of his generation, his first win was over six furlongs in May, with later victories coming in the Group 2 Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes and culminating in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket in October.

It is this precocity which made Sir Percy an exciting addition to the UK stallion ranks, and both breeders and purchasers alike have been quick to support him. They have been rewarded by the young sire posting a lifetime winners-to-runners strike-rate of 60 per cent.

More than half of Sir Percy’s first crop of 50 foals raced as juveniles, resulting in 11 individual winners of 18 races from 30 starters. In total, he has been represented by 37 individual Stakes horses and six Group/Grade winners, his versatility highlighted by the fact that these have competed in select company over distances ranging from six to 12 furlongs.

These include the Group/Grade 1 winners Wake Forest and Sir John Hawkwood, Group 2 winners Lady Tiana and Sir Andrew, and Group 3 scorers Alla Speranza and Lady Pimpernel.

Success on the racecourse means that Sir Percy’s offspring have been well received at the sales. His yearlings have sold for up to 260,000gns, and his lifetime yearling average in Britain and Ireland stands at 27,072gns – almost four times his stud fee. In-training purchases include The Baronet, selected by leading Australian trainer Gai Waterhouse for 130,000gns, and Salford Art also sold to Australia for 110,000gns. Sir Percy’s stakes-placed daughter Newsletter was bought by Ballylinch Stud for 230,000gns at the 2015 Tattersalls December Sale, the same year that Love Is Blindness fetched 190,000gns.

To have achieved such results to date from comparatively few runners, and with so much potential from bigger crops coming through, Sir Percy remains tremendous value for money and an asset to the British stallion ranks.

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