Fair Wind (GB)
Fair Wind (GB)
2020 BAY gelding by Tasleet (GB) ex Gone Sailing (GB) (Mizzen Mast (USA))
Owner KVT V
Fair Wind is a smart looking gelding from the first crop of the top class sprinter Tasleet. He moved to Owen Burrows at the beginning of the year and has progressed very well. He won on just his third start, and his form figures read 123. We will see how the handicapper assess him, but he looks to be improving mentally and physically all the time and is very smart. We hope he can climb the sprinting racks this year.
Tasleet won the Duke of York Stakes (Group 2) as a three-year-old, beating our own Magical Memory, before going on to finish runner-up in three subsequent Group 1 sprints. His own sire Showcasing is one of the leading stallions in Europe, climbing from an initial stud fee of £5,000 to his current fee of £45,000 as a result of some superb results from his early crops. He has since sired the likes of Group 1 winners Mohaather, Advertise and Quiet Reflection; thus cementing himself as one of the most consistent sires around. The Green Desert sireline is a great sire producing line and hopefully Showcasing’s son Tasleet will prove another star to arise from it.
The dam, Gone Sailing, has produced five winners from her six runners on the track and these include the Listed-winning / 109-rated Major Jumbo and the 96-rated Uncle Jumbo. Gone Sailing is a granddaughter of the Cheveley Park (Group 1) winner Prophecy which makes this mating a clever one, because Prophecy is already further up the pedigree as the dam of Arabesque. Arabesque is the dam of Showcasing, sire of Tasleet. Maternal inbreeding of blue hens like Prophecy has been very successful in the past so hopefully this will be another example!
We purchased Fair Wind for 52,000 guineas at the Tattersalls Book 2 Sale in 2021. He is trained by Andrew Balding, who was a big fan of his at the sales. He has shown great potential in his two starts to date, finishing third and then second, and a win looks on the horizon for this promising horse.
Luke Lillingston commented at the time:
“This is a classy colt with great ease of movement. I have been impressed by Tasleet’s first crop of yearlings. He was raced by the late Sheikh Hamdan whose racing manager Angus Gold was especially complimentary about this particular colt while reminding me how very fast, tough and genuine he was. The inbreeding to his female family is very interesting and in my opinion improves his chances of being a high class racehorse. “
Owen is a former assistant to Sir Michael Stoute and was a private trainer to Sheikh Hamdan for 6 years. Last year was his first as a public trainer and a memorable one with two Group 1 winners in Hukum and Minzaal. Fair Wind is Owen's first horse for KVT.
|FAIR WIND (GB)||TASLEET (GB)||SHOWCASING (GB)||OASIS DREAM (GB)|
|2013||BIRD KEY (GB)||CADEAUX GENEREUX (GB)|
|2020||GONE SAILING (GB)||MIZZEN MAST (USA)||COZZENE (USA)|
|2007||SHOOT (USA)||BARATHEA (IRE)|