PROMINENT bloodstock agent James Bester has given glowing appraisal of Golden Rose aspirant War who is racing for a slice of the $1m purse in tomorrow’s Group 1 feature at Rosehill.
The son of More Than Ready was bred by John Singleton’s Strawberry Hill Stud and sold to Bester on behalf of Coolmore for $500,000 at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.
A spectacularly well bred colt on both sides of his pedigree, War is a third generation descendant of the immortal Denise’s Joy.
But it wasn’t `just’ War’s phenomenal pedigree that attracted Bester.
“Generally I use the pedigree only to decide what kind of money to pay for these horses but (War) physically was an absolute stand-out at the sales,” he explained.
“He had speed and stallion written all over him from the muscles in his forehead to his great jowl and a fabulous muscular physique.
“(I) just felt that this colt was probably impressive individual at that sale.
And More Than Ready is obviously a more than respectable sire and the dam sire Zabeel appealed and of course the fact that he is effectively a three-parts brother of sorts to More Joyous.”
Win, lose or draw tomorrow, War’s pedigree not to mention to his win in the Group 3 ATC UP And Coming Stakes (1300m) last month guarantee another fine son of More Than Ready will soon be at stud according to Bester.
“He’s already a stallion somewhere. It’s just a question now of where and at what fee because horses don’t come any better looking or more impressive than he is,” says Bester.
“More Than Ready has established himself as s sire of sires with Sebring and others and there is a champion sire (Thorn Park) in the pedigree.
“The sky is the limit for him if he can win a Group 1.”