CLOSELY related to champion sprinter Battaash, Tasleet was one of the fastest sons of Showcasing and he was a group winner at three and four, after winning a listed event as a two-year-old, and he was also placed three times in Group 1 sprints.
Tasleet retired to stand under the Shadwell banner at Nunnery Stud in 2019, and his first runners hit the track last year. He enjoyed a dream start when his son Bradsell won the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, ran fourth in the Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes, and those performances were backed up when 14 other members of that first crop won at least once. This year has already seen a couple of more winners emerge from that first crop.
These early successes were well received in the sale ring too, and the sire’s yearling median of €22,267 with his first yearlings rose to €33,235 last year. In spite of these successes, his fee has risen to just £6,000.
Trained by William Haggas, Tasleet scored three times at two, including the Listed Rose Bowl Stakes at Newbury and the valuable DBS Premier Yearling Stakes at York. He was placed in his other three starts that season, including a second to champion Shalaa in the Group 2 Richmond Stakes at Goodwood, and another second in the Group 3 Somerville Tattersall Stakes at Newmarket.
Tasleet started his three-year-old season with victory in the Group 3 Greenham Stakes over seven furlongs, but then an injury prevented him from running in the classics. He was back to winning form the next year when he landed the Group 2 Duke of York Stakes over six furlongs at York, coming home two and a half lengths clear of Magical Memory.
At Royal Ascot he was beaten only a neck by The Tin Man in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, with Limato third in a field of 19, and then in the Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup he was second to Harry Angel, with The Tin Man third and Blue Point fourth. Tasleet ended that season with another second, to Librisa Breeze in the Group 1 British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot, ahead of Caravaggio, Harry Angel and The Tin Man. Undoubtedly one of the best sprinters of recent years, Tasleet amassed earnings of £650,154.
Showcasing, the sire of Tasleet, is one of the best sons of champion sprinter Oasis Dream (Green Desert). He won the Gimcrack Stakes and has sired champion miler Mohaather, Group 1 sprinters Advertise and Quiet Reflection, and the Group 1-winning juvenile Belbek. He is also represented at stud now by a number of sons.
Tasleet’s dam Bird Key is a daughter of another sprint champion, Cadeaux Genereux (Young Generation), and her other winners include Tasleet’s listed-placed own-sister Lady Light (Showcasing). Bird Key is a half-sister to nine winners, including the Group 2 Champagne Stakes hero Etlaala (Selkirk), the dam of triple champion sprinter Battaash (Dark Angel), twice winner of the Nunthorpe Stakes at York, as well as winning the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp, and last year’s leading juvenile The Antarctic (Dark Angel).
TASLEET (GB), Bay 2013. Won five races, £650,154, from 6 furlongs to 7 furlongs, 2 to 4 years including, Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes, York, Gr.2, Betfred Greenham Stakes, Chelmsford City, Gr.3, Compton Estates Rose Bowl Stakes, Newbury, L, also placed second in 32Red Sprint Cup Stakes, Haydock Park, Gr.1, Diamond Jubilee Stakes, Ascot, Gr.1, Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes, Ascot, Gr.1, Qatar Richmond Stakes, Goodwood, Gr.2, Somerville Tattersall Stakes, Newmarket, Gr.3, Totepool EBF King Richard III Stakes, Leicester, L, and third in Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes, Curragh, Gr.2.
Retired to Stud in 2019, and sire of the winners of 24 races, and £346,647, including BRADSELL (GB)
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