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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Five of Kodiac's best two-year-olds

Zoe Vicarage takes her pick of the sire's juvenile performers

Tiggy Wiggy: The only Group 1 winner for her sire
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Tiggy Wiggy

(ex Kheleyf's Silver by Kheleyf)

Highest RPR at two - 117

Tiggy Wiggy showed the toughness and precocity associated with her sire by running eight times as a juvenile in 2014, but also the class he can engender. She landed running at Kempton, as early as March, and already had four starts under her belt – including a scintillating success in the Listed National Stakes at Sandown – by Royal Ascot, where she went down by a neck in the Queen Mary Stakes. Richard Hannon really had her thriving now: she won her remaining three starts that term including the Lowther Stakes and, becoming her sire's only Group 1 winner to date, the Cheveley Park Stakes. She proceeded to finish third in the 1,000 Guineas the following spring.

Kodi Bear

(ex Hawattef by Mujtahid)

Highest RPR at two - 114

Trained by Clive Cox, Kodi Bear belonged to the same crop as Tiggy Wiggy. Making his debut at Newbury in May, he was beaten three-quarters of a length by fellow Kodiac colt Adaay. Fast-tracked to a hot renewal of the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, he was a good fifth to future Group 1 winner The Wow Signal, before breaking his maiden in the Listed Winkfield Stakes. One further run followed at two, where second to Belardo in the Dewhurst Stakes. Kodi Bear would train on to become a Group 2 winner at three.


(ex Dixieland Kiss by Dixie Union)

Highest RPR at two - 112

The William Haggas-trained filly had a busy juvenile campaign, taking in seven races between May and September. Besharah won her first two starts before making the frame in in the Queen Mary Stakes and Duchess of Cambridge Stakes. Two victories followed at Group level, in the Princess Margaret Stakes and Lowther Stakes, before a Group 1 success narrowly evaded her grasp when only beaten three-quarters of a length by Lumiere in the Cheveley Park Stakes.

Prince Of Lir 

(ex Esuvia by Whipper)

Highest RPR at two - 107

Prince Of Lir was only permitted a fleeting track career, retired after five juvenile starts to Ballyhane Stud for this year's covering season. Purchased for The Cool Silk Partnership for £170,000 at the Goffs UK Breeze-Up Sale last year, he made a winning debut for Robert Cowell at Beverley in May before going on to land the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot. In both, he got the better of subsequent Middle Park Stakes scorer The Last Lion. But he proved unable to get involved in his remaining starts, albeit one was an ambitious crack at the Nunthorpe.


(ex Good Clodora by Red Clubs)

Highest RPR at two - 107

Along with Prince Of Lir, Ardad was the joint-top lot at the Goffs UK Breeze-Up Sale last year when bought for £170,000 by Blandford Bloodstock from the Tally-Ho Stud draft. Ardad made six starts as a juvenile, winning his debut at Yarmouth before a quick turnaround saw him land the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot just six days later. A couple of below-par efforts followed before he regained the winning thread in the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster.

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