POSTPONED was placed in a valuable sales race at two, but has a profile that suggests his best results will come with three-year-olds and older horses, especially when they go past a mile.
The Group 3 Craven Stakes third excelled at 10 and 12 furlongs, easily beating Snow Sky in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes on his final start at three and a month after a clear-cut victory in the Listed Glasgow Stakes at Hamilton. He pipped Eagle Top in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot the following summer and added the Group 2 Prix Foy before embarking on a memorable five-year-old campaign.
Now with the Roger Varian stable having previously run for Luca Cumani, Postponed won the Group 2 Dubai City of Gold and Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic in style at Meydan before trouncing Found by four and a half lengths in the Group 1 Coronation Cup and then coming back in trip to beat Highland Reel in the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York.
Postponed began a six-year-old campaign in Meydan but a setback brought the season to an early close and he took up residence at Dalham Hall Stud. In addition to being a son of that stud’s great stallion and emerging sire of sires Dubawi (Dubai Millennium), he is a half-brother to the Group 1 Premio Lydia Tesio, Group 2 Park Hill Stakes and dual Group 3-winning filly God Given (Nathaniel) and comes from a prolific blacktype family.
Postponed’s grandam Bianca Nera (Salse) was the top two-year-old filly in Ireland in 1996 and won the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes and Group 2 Lowther Stakes, whereas her Group 1 Moyglare-placed half-sister Hotelgenie Dot Com (Selkirk) is the dam of classic-placed mile Group 1-star Simply Perfect (Danehill) and grandam of the classic-placed Group 3-scorer Bondi Beach (Galileo).
Postponed got off the mark as a freshman, his winners including the Karl Burke-trained Almohandesah (Exceed And Excel) who ran only in blacktype company in four starts at two after her six-furlong Pontefract success in June, evidently having shown promise, and has also added to that tally already in 2022.
Poster Paint (Medaglia D’Oro) was a mile winner before his recent fourth in the Jumeirah Derby at Meydan, the 10-furlong trip there looking a shade too far for the grandson of six-furlong Group 1-winner Blue Duster, whereas Storm Asset (Hard Spun), whose his third dam is the classic and multiple Group 1-star Crimplene, is already a triple winner over seven furlongs in England this year.
Demi O’Byrne/White Birch Farm bought one of Postponed’s Tattersalls Book 2 yearlings, now named Pearl Chavez, andd it will be fascinating to see how his early runners get on when stepping up to 10 furlongs this year.
POSTPONED (IRE), Bay 2011. Top rated older horse in England in 2015 (11-13f.). Champion older horse in Europe in 2016. Won nine races, £4,994,206, from 7 furlongs to 1½ miles, 2 to 5 years including, Investec Queen Elizabeth Coronation Cup, Epsom Downs, Gr.1, Juddmonte International Stakes, York, Gr.1, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Ascot, Gr.1, Longines Dubai Sheema Classic, Meydan, Gr.1, Neptune Great Voltigeur Stakes, York, Gr.2, Qatar Prix Foy, Longchamp, Gr.2, SkyCargo Dubai City of Gold Stakes, Meydan, Gr.2, EBF Stallions Glasgow Stakes, Hamilton Park, L, also placed second in SkyCargo Dubai City of Gold Stakes, Meydan, Gr.2, bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes, Sandown Park, Gr.3, and third in Longines Dubai Sheema Classic, Meydan, Gr.1, Tattersalls Gold Cup, Curragh, Gr.1, Hardwicke Stakes, Ascot, Gr.2, Novae Bloodstock Insurance Craven Stakes, Newmarket, Gr.3, Tercentenary Stakes, Ascot, Gr.3.
Retired to Stud in 2018, and sire of the winners of 7 races, and £116,163.
Stands at: Dalham Hall Stud, Duchess Drive, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 9HE, England.
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