Ballymacoll dispersal nears as Arab Spring heads to July Sale
Dual Group 3 winner is a son of highly influential sire Monsun
The dispersal of stock from the historic County Meath nursery of Ballymacoll Stud is sure to be among the most anticipated sales offerings of 2017, and proceedings look set to begin with a bang with Arab Spring the first lot to be offered from the draft at the upcoming Tattersalls July Sale, that begins its three-day run at Park Paddocks on July 12.
The dual Group 3 winner, whose biggest successes came in the 2015 John Porter Stakes and 2016 September Stakes, was trained throughout his 15-race career by Sir Michael Stoute in Newmarket, from where he has achieved a peak Racing Post Rating of 118.
Arab Spring, who won six races and was placed on five occasions, was denied on his seasonal debut this year by a short-head in the Listed Winter Derby Trial by Decorated Knight, who has gone on to win the Group 1 Jebel Hatta at Meydan and the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.
A son of proven sire of sires Monsun, Arab Spring is one of six winners out of the Darshaan mare Spring Symphony, and is a half-brother to the Group 1 winner Glass Harmonium, now standing at stud at Blue Gum Farm in Australia, and also Holda, the dam of recent Group 2 Middleton Stakes winner Blond Me.
Spring Symphony is a winning half-sister to the Stoute-trained Conduit, a dual Breeders' Cup Turf scorer for Ballymacoll, tracing back to the influential broodmare Sunny Gulf.
"Arab Spring is a quality, talented individual like so many of the Ballymacoll stock," said Stoute. "He has been a pleasure to train. High-class sons of Monsun are hard to come by now and he is an interesting stallion prospect."
Arab Spring will be consigned by Stoute’s Freemason Lodge Stables, and will be offered for sale on Friday, July 14.