A Cracking Son of Kodi Bear

24th January, 2020

It is always around this time of year that Harry Herbert heads up to Yorkshire to see Highclere’s northern trained horses, which inevitably leads to a fun dinner with Mark Johnston and plenty of banter with all of our Yorkshire trainers!

Harry also asks the trainers if they have any nice 2yos that can looked at, which over the years has led us to buying some really decent animals.  It was at Kevin Ryan’s yard that Harry and Highclere team first set eyes on this cracking son of first season sire Kodi Bear.  We had been shown several young horses that morning and it was this fella that completely stole the show.


As you will see in the VIDEO, he is a real belter - a very powerful and precocious looking 2yo with a strong resemblance of his speed machine sire - Kodi Bear, himself is a son of top sire Kodiac. He was an exceptional race horse rated 123 in Timeform and a very precocious juvenile who ran well at Royal Ascot in the Coventry (Gr 2) before winning a Listed race at Ascot. He ended his season finishing second in the Dewhurst (Gr 1) before improving at three to win the Celebration Mile (Gr 2) at Goodwood and the Sovereign Stakes (Gr 3). 





Kevin Ryan and agent Stephen Hillen, who have teamed up to select many high-class horses over the years, spotted him at the Goffs Doncaster Premier Yearling sale.  As a graduate of this sale he also qualifies for an early entry into the £300,000 Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes which is to be run at York in August 2020.


Kevin has become increasingly excited about this horse who he has seen progress into an eye catching 2yo at Hambleton Lodge. As such he told us he was only prepared to sell the horse if he could stay in for a leg!  We quickly agreed to buy 75% as he is seriously good value for a colt who boasts not only a cracking physique but a lovely pedigree as well. This colt is the first foal out of the mare; a full sister to Group 2 winner Lilbourne Lad who also finished second in the Middle Park (Gr 1) and the Gimcrack (Gr 2). 

The Kodi Bear Syndicate consists of only fifteen shares at £5,950 (plus vat) per share and as always, shares are sold on a first come first sold basis so do get in touch as soon as possible if you would like to be part of this syndicate. 

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