Sir William Bruce, a regally bred three year-old son of the great Galileo, has been purchased by OnTrack at this week’s Tattersall’s August Horses in Training Sale at Newmarket.
Sir William Bruce was secured for OnTrack by Stuart Boman of Blandford Bloodstock, the man responsible for purchasing boom imported galloper Zaaki from the same ring last year.
“Stuart was very enthusiastic about Sir William Bruce after he inspected him. He said you would have to go a long way to find a nicer type of horse, particularly at a horses in training sale.
“Most importantly, he vetted out tremendously well. We feel we have all the framework there to develop him into a very nice middle distance prospect in Queensland to initially target the Winter carnival.
“We think he represented tremendous value at 90,000 guineas," said Grant Morgan.
Underbidder on Sir William Bruce was Hubie De Burgh, who was acting for Sydney based syndicators Darby Racing.
“They aren’t making any more by Galileo who has been dominant with his mature European imports in Australia in the older middle distance ranks,” said Morgan.
After spending the next 6 weeks in quarantine, Sir William Bruce will fly to Australia before beginning his next campaign under reigning champion Queensland trainer Tony Gollan from his Eagle Farm stables.
Sir William Bruce is out of the Danehill mare Chanting and is a full brother to stakes winners Easter Lily and Circling.
The Galileo x Danehill cross is responsible for champion gallopers Frankel, Highland Reel and Japan.
No less than 16 individual Group 1 winner have come from the Galileo x Danehill cross which bats at an amazing 21% stakes winners to runners ratio.
“The due diligence we did on the horse from various sources prior to the sale indicated that he is up to being a Listed class middle distance performer in Australia,” said Morgan.
A lightly raced entire with just five starts under his belt, was formerly prepared by champion trainer Aiden O’Brien.
Sir William Bruce was an on speed winner at Leopardstown over 2400m under Ryan Moore, after being narrowly beaten over 1600m at his second start at 2.
“He will come over as an entire and will remain that way until we get to know him a bit more leaving us with the option of gelding up our sleeve.
“He races on speed and likes firm ground. He was sharp enough to lead and just be run down over a mile at his second start,” said Morgan.
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