The first test of any young stallion’s progeny comes in the sales ring and it was one which Sir Percy passed with flying colours, with his first-crop yearlings selling for an average which was more than four times his stud fee and for up to 80,000gns.
Following some impressive results on the track in 2011, his second batch of yearlings was also popular, achieving an average of 37,708gns plus a top price of 260,000gns paid by Tony Nerses for a colt out of Bombazine at Book 1 of Tattersalls’ October Sale.
It’s hardly surprising that such a good judge as Tony Nerses is willing to take a chance on Sir Percy’s offspring because the results of his first-crop runners were highly encouraging. From just 50 first-crop foals, 43 have run and 35 have won. These include the Listed winner Coquet (official rating 110) and Group 3 winner Alla Speranza (109), plus the David Elsworth-trained Salford Art (99), who was sold to Australian-based trainer Chris Waller for 110,000gns at the 2012 Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale. At that same auction, The Baronet was another to find his way to Australia, when he was knocked down to Gai Waterhouse for 130,000gns.
Sir Percy is now the sire of Group/Grade 1 winners Sir John Hawkwood and Wake Forest, as well as the Group 2-winning duo of Lady Tiana and Sir Andrew (NZ), along with the Group/Grade 3 winners Alla Speranza and Lady Pimpernel.
A brilliant juvenile himself, Sir Percy has continued to sire a decent number of two-year-old winners, including the smart performer Nafaqa, who made his debut in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot, in which he missed the start and still ran on to take fourth before winning a Listed race and finishing runner-up to subsequent Group 1 winner Elm Park in the G2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket.
With a total of 37 black-type performers to his name, Sir Percy has become known as a reliable source of progressive, multiple winners, and it will be no surprise to see him follow the example of his illustrious sireline by becoming a dependable broodmare sire as his daughters start to produce their own offspring.
In New Zealand, Sir Percy’s first southern hemisphere yearlings went under the hammer in January 2012, returning a Premier Sale average of $87,500 for all six sold, with a top price of $150,000. Among his best representatives on the track in New Zealand are G2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas winner Sir Andrew and the G2-placed Prima.
Some of Europe’s leading breeders have started to show significant investment in Sir Percy’s daughters at broodmare prospects. Ballylinch Stud bought the stakes-placed Newsletter for 230,000gns at Tattersalls’ December Sale and also have Lady Pimpernel among their illustrious broodmare band, while the Tsui family’s Sunderland Holdings bought the well-bred Love Is Blindness for 190,000gns.