Guineas Breeze-Up sale-topper Ragstone on the right Road
The son of Kodiac was secured by Stephen Hillen for 240,000gns at Tattersalls
Ragstone Road, the Kodiac colt who topped this year's Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-Up Sale at 240,000gns, went some way to justifying his headline-grabbing price tag as he opened his account with a cosy success in a 6f maiden at Lingfield on Wednesday.
Having his second start for trainer Richard Hughes and owner Gallagher Bloodstock, Ragstone Road travelled freely in the hands of Shane Kelly before laying down his challenge with around two furlongs left to run. Despite taking a while to master the runner-up City Gent, a son of Holy Roman Emperor, the colt found extra close home and ultimately prevailed with something to spare come the line.
Despite his eye-catching price, the colt does not boast the deepest of pedigrees. He is the first winner from three runners for his dam, the nine-year-old winning Green Desert mare Greenflash, and has a pedigree clear of black type underneath the first two dams.
The only stakes scorers on the page appear beneath Ragstone Road's third dam Cutlers Corner, with her son Clean Cut having won the Listed Topaz Sprint in 1991, and her granddaughter Sheppard's Watch's CV including the 2003 Group 3 Concorde Stakes.
Since Ragstone Road, Greenflash has produced an Alhebayeb filly, now a yearling, and foaled a filly by Ivawood in March earlier this year.
Ragstone Road has been through the sales ring on three occasions. Firstly when purchased by McKeever and Biddestone Stud for €48,000 from the Goffs November Foal Sale, before Howson and Houldsworth Bloodstock parted with £28,000 for him at the 2016 Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale.
He was then entrusted to Thomond O'Mara of Knockanglass Stables, who produced him to top the Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-Up at 240,000gns to the bid of Stephen Hillen.
Wednesday's success takes Kodiac up to 37 European two-year-old winners in 2017, a figure that puts him firmly on course to better his record-setting tally of 43 juvenile winners in a season recorded back in 2014.
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