July 20

The prestigious York Ebor Festival meeting could be on the agenda for Markhan following his victory in a competitive mile handicap at Naas in Ireland on Wednesday evening.

The David Marnane-trained three-year-old battled bravely to repel the older horse Stronger Than Me and record his second success of the season. The Racing Post were particularly taken with his win, labelling him as colt that is 'improving fast'.

Markhan, by Birdstone, was a $13,000 yearling purchase by Chad Schumer at the 2014 Keeneland September Sale. He was resold at Goresbridge the following May by Johnny Collins' Brown Island Stables for €145,000 to Ibrahim Rachid, acting on behalf of Prince Saif Aldin al Saud.

Click here to read about his two-year-old sale in the TDN - which made him the third most expensive lot sold at that sale.

David Marnane told the Racing Post: "He's a grand horse and very progressive. He's still learning and there is a 1m handicap at York's Ebor meeting that we might look at now for him."

Chad and Johnny have forged quite a partnership in recent years. In addition to Markhan, they teamed up to purchase recent exciting debut winner Syphax, who could run in Saturday's Pat Eddery Stakes at Ascot, and Lingfield Park scorer High Acclaim. Another purchase, a $35,000 son of First Defence, turned a good profit for Collins this May when resold for €150,000 at Goresbridge.

July 9 

Syphax, a $25,000 yearling purchase by Chad Schumer on behalf of Johnny Collins' Brown Island Stables, made the perfect start to his racing career on Friday when running out the easy winner of his debut at Musselburgh.

The son of Arch, trained by Kevin Ryan, was sent off at 2/1 for the 7 furlong contest and only had to be stoked up by Tom Eaves to overcome the favourite Lucky Esteem and score by three-quarters of a length. The Queen's Elementary ran third - it was a special day for Musselburgh in that the Queen made the trip to the track to celebrate its 200th anniversary and watch her colt run in person.

Eaves was suitably impressed with the colt, telling the Racing Post: "I think the world of Syphax. His home work is very good and I thought he might win today. He was very green and he will have learned a lot."

The Racing Post, meanwhile, commented: "This was a bright start from this well-regarded colt who holds a Gimcrack entry, and he should have learned plenty from the experience."

Bred by Pin Oak Stud, Syphax is the third foal out of Listed winner Much Obliged, a Kingmambo half-sister to Grade 3 winner Bedanken and the Grade 2-placed Free Thinking.

Purchased for $25,000 as a yearling, he was beautifully prepared by Johnny Collins for the Arqana Breeze-up Sale at Deauville in May, where he realised €100,000 to agent Stephen Hillen.

 

June 21

 

Discreetly Mine, sire of last year’s Juvenile Dirt Sprint Stakes winner Sheikh Of Sheikhs, has been sold to stand at Norman Fox’s Haras Lascala in Uruguay. The deal was brokered by Chad Schumer of Schumer Bloodstock in association with Diego Mitagstein of Perhaps Bloodstock and Pablo Núñez.

 

The winner of five of 13 starts and approximately $800,000 in earnings, the son of Mineshaft capped his career for Todd Pletcher with a victory in the King’s Bishop Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. He was also successful in the Amsterdam Stakes (G2), Risen Star Stakes (G2) and Jersey Shore Stakes (G3), and second in the Champagne Stakes (G1).

 

Discreetly Mine is the sire of six black-type performers from three crops of racing age sired from his time at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky. In addition to Sheikh Of Sheikhs, his progeny include multiple stakes winner Control Stake and the G3-placed Classy Class.

 

“We’re pleased to acquire such a high class racehorse and half-brother brother to successful Kentucky sire Discreet Cat for Mr Fox’s farm,” said Chad Schumer. “What a wonderful option for Uruguayan breeders.”

 

Discreetly Mine was bred by E Paul Robsham out of the 1995 Alabama Stakes (G1) heroine Pretty Discreet and is a half-brother to G1 winner Discreet Cat and the G1-placed Pretty Wild.

 

 

June 19

Paid Up Subscriber left Untapable in her wake when running out the hugely impressive winner of the G2 Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs on Saturday. Now the winner of over $270,000 and four of her eight starts, the four-year-old is out of the stakes-placed Shriek, who was purchased by Chad Schumer as agent while in foal to leading sire Scat Daddy for just $37,000 at the 2014 Keeneland November Sale.

Fresh off an easy allowance score at Churchill Downs, Paid Up Subscriber stalked the pace before taking charge in midstretch to win going away by three lengths from Brooklynsway.

"Even though we knew that there were some tigers in here, the way she trained up to it really gave us a lot of confidence going in," trainer Al Stall was quoted as saying in the TDN. "I've had quite a few good horses, but she's trained as any I've ever had in my life."

Bred by Bruce and Laurie Berenson, Paid Up Subscriber is the third foal and winner out of Shriek following the multiple scorers Hardware and Race Hunter. Shriek, a Street Cry half-sister to G2 winner Stanley Park, also has a two-year-old colt by Mineshaft that realised $97,000 as a yearling. 

 

June 17

High Acclaim is on course for a step up to better company after making light work of a maiden at Lingfield on Thursday.

The Elusive Quality colt was a $32,000 yearling purchase by Chad Schumer and Brown Island Stables at last year's Keeneland September Sale. He was resold for £32,000 to trainer Roger Teal at this year's Tattersalls Ireland Ascot Breeze-up Sale.

High Acclaim showed fine form on his debut at Windsor when third to the highly regarded Groupie and built on that promising performance at Lingfield, quickening well under Fergus Sweeney to win by nearly three lengths.

His win caps a good week for our European-based purchases with 2yo Princeofthequeen, by Lonhro, and 3yo Eisha Flower, by Distorted Humor, each running second on their debuts for David O'Meara and Richard Fahey respectively.