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mickley stud the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale in June, Gigginstown House Stud bought a gelding by him for €60,000, which is promising for us.” The Danehill son Multiplex had become something of a standard bearer for the Shropshire farm, standing at Mickley from 2008, but when an offer was made for him that Kent couldn’t refuse, Multiplex was moved on and Kent went in search of a replacement. In Proconsul, a chestnut four-year-old full-brother to Frankel and Noble Mission, he found another rocket to launch. Kent explains: “We got a good offer to sell Multiplex to Bahrain and, as we had been so lucky with one Juddmonte horse, I contacted the farm. “Proconsul had not been back from France long, he was quite poorly as he contracted a virus that knocked the stuffing out of him, but he has put on 200 kilos since and he is such a lovely, kind horse with a great step on him. “The family goes from strength to strength

“Hereraat’s yearlings looked after themselves in the sales ring and got to the right yards so it is up to their own ability and luck to get them to the track and, hopefully, he will be another Group 1 sire for Kind, his dam.” Proconsul arrived too late in last spring’s breeding season for Flat coverings, but he did cover some NH mares. Standing for £3,500 he will be ready for the top of the breeding season in February and the proper start of his career, and is the fifth son of Kind at stud. With Proconsul to launch fully onto the market, Yorgunnabelucky’s first two-year-old

winner to celebrate and his first Mickleybred crop about to turn four and NH runners hitting the race tracks, the excitement around the Shropshire farm is building. It is Heeraat, however, with the anticipation and expectation he brings who is the focus of mission control. “We have done everything we can so far and the rest is up to the yearlings,” is Kent’s philosophical take on the situation, “but they will have the best chance as they have gone to the right trainers – people such as Richard Hannon, Richard Fahey, Karl Burke – so they are in the best homes to be produced to go on and excel if they can. They looked after themselves in the sales ring and got to the right yards so it is up to their own ability and luck to get them to the track. “They appear to have good attitudes and are good working horses, but all we can do now is sit back and hopefully it all goes well.” The launch sequence is counting down to lift-off for Heeraat and his first two-year-olds. T minus 10 and counting.

Heeraat returns to his stable after parading at the open day. The photo proves just what a relaxed and easy going nature the son of Dark Angel enjoys

Photo by Equine Creative Media

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