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Trade Fair: good looks, excellent performer

THERE was hardly a time during the racing career of Trade Fair when he didn't cause a stir.

Prince Khalid Abdullah’s imposing son of Zafonic stepped up on his debut third place to subsequent Group 2 winner Almushahar by producing a scintillating performance on his second startto win a Newbury maiden by six lengths.

The authority of that display prompted Paddy Power to introduce Trade Fair at 14-1 for the following season's 2,000 Guineas, and he went on to strengthen his Classic credentials when third to Tout Seul in the Dewhurst Stakes with subsequent Group 1 winners Zafeen, Desert Lord and Indian Haven behind.

A setback the following spring denied Roger Charlton’s colt from taking his chance in the Guineas but he made up for lost time by registering comfortable wins in the King Charles II Stakes and Criterion Stakes, showing in the latter an exceptional turn of foot to overpower Just James.

A combination of ease in the ground and a step up to 1m contributed to a disappointing sixth in the Sussex Stakes but he bounced back to take the Duty Free Stakes at Newbury. He returned the following year to win the Minstrel Stakes at The Curragh before transferring to Bobby Frankel in the US for a final season in training.

A true 7f specialist, Trade Fair possessed the cruising speed and turn of foot to mix it with the best when conditions obliged. It is also worth remembering that when faced with his favoured good to firm ground in Europe, he finished out of the first three only once in nine starts.

As a good-looking son of the deceased Zafonic out of a stakes-wining daughter of Danehill from a high-class Juddmonte family, Trade Fair owned the bloodlines to match his talent andaccordingly has been popular throughout his stud career at Tweenhills Farm.

He covered 103 mares during his first season at a fee of £4,000. Among the 88 resulting foals are the half-siblings to last season's 2,000 Guineas third Stubbs Art – also a close relation to the stallion’s former foe Just James – and classy sprint two-year-old Senor Mirasol. The latter sold for £80,000 at the DBS St Leger Sale to Frank Barry and is now in training with Kevin Prendergast.

Another well-related youngster, a half-brother to the smart Island Sound, is in training with David Elsworth after selling for 80,000gns to Suzanne Roberts. The stallion also has representatives in the yardsof Richard Hannon, Ralph Beckett and Karl Burke.

What they say about their Trade Fair two-year-olds
“He's a half-brother to Island Sound, who was a smashing horse for me, winning underall codes. It's a very good Highclere family and this horse is lovely. I took a chance on him and he’s a big horse but he gallops like a gazelle. He’s big and bold, and I'd hope that he’d be running about August time although he'll benefit from time.”
David Elsworth, trainer of Fair Trade




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