TBA stallion parade attracts breeders to Tattersalls before February Sale
Adaay among first- and second-season sires on display in Newmarket
Adaay was among the first- and second-season stallions turning heads before selling at the Tattersalls February Sale got underway in Newmarket on Thursday.
The Whitsbury Manor Stud resident was one of 11 stallions to parade around the sales ring in front of a healthy crowd of interested breeders and stud director Ed Harper was delighted with the reception received by the dual Group 2-winning son of Kodiac, whose first foals will arrive this year.
"Some horses, you don't really need to say so much, you just have to show them off and people automatically like them. Adaay is one of those horses," said Harper.
TBA Stallion Parade: first up was Whitsbury Manor Stud’s Adaay, a dual Group 2-winning son of Kodiac who will stand his second season on covering duty at a fee of £6,000 pic.twitter.com/x7Uxjzt9gz— RP Bloodstock (@rpbloodstock) February 1, 2018
"With another year under his belt, he looks even more the part and he's really taken the eye today."
On the decision to bring Adaay to the parade, Harper added: "Whitsbury is three hours from Newmarket and there are therefore a lot of breeders who find it much easier to come and see him on a day like this, so if we can bring him up it makes sense to."
Another to set tongues wagging following the parade was the National Stud's Marcel, who like Adaay is entering his second year at stud.
The Racing Post Trophy winner has let down into an imposing stallion and the National Stud's Tim Lane said: "He's a forgotten horse in a way because he didn't cover a big book in his first year but a lot of people looking at him today have been impressed, so it's great to have an opportunity like this to allow people to see him."
TBA Parade: Racing Post Trophy winner Marcel, a son of Lawman, has let down into an imposing model. The National Stud resident, whose first foals arrive this year, stands at a fee of £5,000 pic.twitter.com/IYBFIf0OvZ— RP Bloodstock (@rpbloodstock) February 1, 2018
Marcel paraded alongside his studmates Time Test and Australian shuttler Spill The Beans.
Royal Ascot winner Time Test may have been unable to secure a Group 1 victory but Lane is confident the newcomer, a son of Dubawi, has everything else it takes to be a success at stud.
"He ticks all the boxes on looks and broke a track record at Royal Ascot, so he is no slouch," he said.
Ardad was another to parade, along with Cannock Chase, Danon Ballade - a son of Japanese superstar Deep Impact - and Mattmu. Peace Envoy, Pearl Secret and Proconsul completed the parade line-up, while Cable Bay, Coach House, Finjaan and Hellvelyn were also available to view.
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