Profitable: Grioup 2 winner entered in Tuesday's King's Stand StakesPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Group 2 winning sprinter to join Darley roster
DARLEY have announced that Profitable has been bought as a stallion prospect by Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation.
The four-year-old colt is currently second favourite for Tuesday's King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and will continue to carry the colours of owner Alan Spence and be trained by Clive Cox, who purchased the colt for 95,000gns at the 2013 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.
A son of Invincible Spirit, Profitable is unbeaten in two starts this season with victories in the Group 2 Temple Stakes at Haydock and Group 3 Palace House Stakes at Newmarket, bringing his career tally to four wins from 14 starts.
Out of the triple-winning sprinter Dani Ridge, a daughter of Indian Ridge, Profitable is a half-brother to six winners. They include this season's Listed Kilvington Stakes scorer Ridge Ranger, a son of Bushranger and the Group 3-placed fillies Full Mandate and Danidh Dubai, herself the dam of the dual Listed sprinter Gamgoom.
Spence said: "I'm delighted that Sheikh Mohammed has secured the rights to stand Profitable as a stallion in the future."
"Profitable will continue to race for me in my colours, and I am pleased to say that Clive Cox and Adam Kirby, who have done such an amazing job in developing this colt's talent, will continue to train and ride him."
"We are now looking forward to the King's Stand on Tuesday, and all other major sprinting targets for the remainder of the season," he added.
Darley's director of stallions, Sam Bullard said: "Profitable will be an exciting addition to our stallion ranks at the end of his racing career. He has an attractive pedigree and physically he is impressive and has presence."