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Whipper: upholding family honour

FEW of this year's crop of first-season sires can boast a more stellar immediate family than Whipper.

His sire Miesque's Son was the product of the outstanding mare Miesque being covered by Mr Prospector, making him a full-brother to Group 1 winner and top sire Kingmambo, while hisdam, a triple Listed winner herself, produced ten winners including the outstanding filly Divine Proportions (by Kingmambo), Horris Hill Stakes runner-up Mythical Kid and the dam of Yorkshire Oaks runner-up Ocean Silk.

Whipper's racing career certainly upheld family honour. He was kept busy at two, winning three of his seven starts, the highlights of which were a clear-cut victory in the Prix Morny, with subsequent Prix Marcel Boussac heroine Denebola two lengths back in third, and a commanding performance to win the Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte from Chineur.

He proved he was no precocious flash in the pan by adding the Prix Jacques le Marois (beating Six Perfections into second) to his tally at three, and maintaining his high level of form at four, when he won the Prix Maurice de Gheest, with Goodricke and Patavellian filling the places.

Retired to Ballylinch Stud with impeccable credentials, he received a good level of support from breeders in terms of quantity and quality. His first book contained 129 mares, his second had 112 and last year he covered 129 mares again. His books have contained an eyecatching number of Group winners, with ten in each of his first two and six in his third.

The confidence behind Whipper extended to the sale ring, where 21 of his first crop of foals sold for an average of 34,171gns and a median of 32,000gns, with a top price of €170,000 paid for a half-brother to Majors Cast.

The colt made a respectable profit for his new connections when selling for 200,000gns to Charlie Gordon-Watson as a yearling. Named Swiftly Done and owned by Saeed Suhail, he is in training with Luca Cumani and has yet to make his debut.
Swiftly Done was one of 34 first-crop Whipper yearlings who sold at an average of 41,221gns and a median of 24,404gns.

He was also one of seven six-figure yearlings by his sire, with particularly handsome prices paid in Deauville, where Blandford Bloodstock paid €340,000 for a half-brother to German Group 2 winner Fight Club, now called Bullwhip and in training with John Gosden, and Shadwell France went to €240,000 to secure a half-brother to Prix Robert Papinheroine New Girlfriend, now in training in France.

Among the other attractively-bred two-year-olds to look forward to are Esuvia, a half-sister to Resplendent Glory trained by Bryan Smart, and an unnamed half-sister to Nahoodh in the care of Richard Fahey.

What they say about their Whipper two-year-olds
"Physically he's very well developed, but mentally he's still a bit babyish. He has a very round action so it looks as though he will need soft ground – that's why we're keeping him to the all-weather at the moment.

"He's not very big, but he's certainly very speedy and I think that when he gets the hang of what he's supposed to do (it took a while for the penny to drop on his debut run) he could be a nice horse."
Mouse Hamilton-Fairley, trainer of One Hit Wonder




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