JOE Foley reports huge interest from breeders in Soldier’s Call, who will stand at Ballyhane Stud next season.
Trained by Archie Watson for Clipper Logistics, the three-year-old Showcasing colt won the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes as a juvenile and was placed behind older horses Blue Point and Battaash in Group 1 sprints this year.
Foley said: “I bought him as a yearling [on behalf of Steve Parkin] and he is a beautiful-looking horse. It has been extremely satisfying to see him develop into such a good racehorse. I would like to thank Archie Watson, his team and jockey Danny Tudhope for doing a great job.”
Solder’s Call is by Showcasing out of a listed-winning sprinter and hails from a speedy Juddmonte line.
Foley added: His record speaks for itself. He turned up everywhere and showed a lot of speed. He has a lovely temperament and I am looking forward to his stud career. There has been a huge reaction to the news. I received a lot of bookings for him at Newmarket, which is very encouraging. We will try to set his fee at a fair market price.”
Among the stallions standing alongside Soldier’s Call next year will be Dandy Man and Prince Of Lir. Foley said: “Dandy Man has had another big year on the track and in the sale ring. His fee may have to go up. It was great to see a yearling by Prince Of Lir sell for 260,000gns this week.”