SPACE Traveller was only beaten a length and a half when third to Colonel Liam in the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Turf over nine furlongs at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, a second placing at the highest level for the Brendan Walsh-trained entire.
Last year’s Grade 1 Woodbine Mile Stakes runner-up was previously based in England with Richard Fahey and has wins in Leopardstown’s Group 2 Boomerang Stakes and Royal Ascot’s Group 3 Jersey Stakes on his CV. The runner-up in both those races, Matterhorn and Space Blues respectively, went on to Group 1 success. Space Traveller is a great example of the type of horse that Bated Breath (Dansili) can produce.
His star daughter Viadera was a Group 3-placed stakes winner in Ireland before winning the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes and Grade 2 Ballston Spa Stakes in the USA, and Beckford, Daahyeh, and Makaloun have all been placed at the highest level. It is a matter of time before his next top-level winner emerges and, if she lives up to the immense potential shown here last year, that could be Sacred Bridge.
That Ger Lyons-trainee beat Agartha on her debut, won a Tipperary listed sprint on her only try at five furlongs, and then landed the ultra-valuable Ballyhane Stakes at the Curragh before putting up one of the most impressive juvenile performances of the year, outclassing 11 rivals to win by three and three-quarter lengths and more in the Group 3 Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh.
The 111-rated bay was sent off favourite for the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes a month later. That did not work out as hoped for the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas entrant, but the Juddmonte homebred should bounce back in 2022.
Bated Breath’s best are mostly in the five to 10-furlong range, which you would expect of a five-furlong Group 2-scorer whose four Group 1 seconds were by margins of between a nose to three-quarters of a length. It was Dream Ahead’s nostril that pipped him in the Sprint Cup at Haydock, down from the half-length that separated the pair in the July Cup two months earlier.
A grandson of Danehill (Danzig), Bated Breath is by the sire of the late classic sire Zoffany, he is half-brother to Group 1-winner and sire Cityscape (Selkirk; four Grade 1-winners) and to Scuffle (Daylami), the stakes-placed dam of classic star Logician (Frankel) and his Grade 1-placed triple Grade 3-winning half-sister Suffused (Champs Elysees).
Many Bated Breaths also excel at two: Beckford, Cairn Gorm, Daahyeh, Makaloun and Sacred Bridge were group winners at that age.
In 2021, his breeze-up horses made up to £240,000, his yearlings featured a 230,000gns Tattersalls Book 1 graduate and his foals made up to 140,000gns at the same venue.
BATED BREATH (GB), Bay 2007. Won six races, £419,946, from 5 furlongs to 6 furlongs, 3 to 5 years including, betfred.com Temple Stakes, Haydock Park, Gr.2, sportingbet.com Leisure Stakes, Windsor, L, also placed second in Betfred Sprint Cup, Haydock Park, Gr.1, Darley July Cup, Newmarket, Gr.1, King’s Stand Stakes, Ascot, Gr.1, Nearctic Stakes, Woodbine, Gr.1, and third in Betfred Sprint Cup, Haydock Park, Gr.1.
Retired to Stud in 2013, and sire of the winners of 712 races, and £12,199,071, including VIADERA (GB), GIFT LIST (GB), DAAHYEH (GB), SPACE TRAVELLER (GB), WORTH WAITING (GB), BECKFORD (GB), AGIATO (GB), MAKALOUN (FR), SACRED BRIDGE (GB), TEZZARAY (GB), BREATHTAKING LOOK (GB), CAIRN GORM (GB), MAID IN INDIA (IRE), SIMPLY BREATHLESS (GB), BIPARTISANSHIP (GB), FEEL GLORIOUS (GB), FACCIO IO (GB), LES HOGUES (IRE), VIK THE BILLY (GB), JACK AND NOAH (FR), JASIKAN (IRE), Jeanie B (GB), Al Johrah (GB), Ekhtiyaar (GB), Momkin (IRE), Gavota (GB), Landshark (GB), Take A Deep Breath (GB), Breeze Easy (GB), Could Be King (GB), Deodar (GB), Mitrandir (GB), Passionova (IRE), Aljady (FR) and Maschio Italiano (GB)
Stands at: Banstead Manor Stud, Cheveley, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 9RD, England.
Contact: Simon Mockridge, Shane Horan (nominations)
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