Another Major Placing for Tasman Bay
01 August 2021
Jockey David Probert commented on Tasman Bay's performance.
Pencarrow three-year-old Tasman Bay (Le Havre) is continuing to make his mark at some of the biggest carnivals on the British racing calendar.
Runner-up in the Group Two King Edward VII Stakes (2400m) at Royal Ascot in his previous appearance, the Sir Mark Todd-trained colt followed that up on Friday with a gallant third in the £100,000 Group Three Thoroughbred Stakes (1600m) at the iconic Glorious Goodwood meeting.
Earlier in the season, Tasman Bay also placed in the Listed Fairway Stakes (2000m) at Newmarket, just a few days after that racecourse hosted the prestigious 2000 Guineas (1600m) and 1000 Guineas (1600m).
Dropping back in distance from his recent assignments, Tasman Bay was sent forward in the early stages of Friday’s race by jockey David Probert and took a clear lead.
He was headed in the straight by the unbeaten and highly impressive Baaeed (Sea the Stars), but Tasman Bay kept fighting and crossed the line in third place, just half a length behind the runner-up El Drama (Lope de Vega).
Tasman Bay is raced by Sir Peter Vela and has now had six starts for a win and four placings, earning more than £61,000 in stakes – the equivalent of more than NZ$120,000.
Bred by Sir Peter Vela in partnership with Nico de Chambure, Tasman Bay is by Le Havre out of Purely Priceless (Galileo) – making him a younger half-brother to the Pencarrow-bred stakes winner Alzire (Shamardal).
Purely Priceless is by the great Galileo out of high-class mare Peeping Fawn (Danehill), who won the Group One Epsom Oaks (2400m), Irish Oaks (2400m), Nassau Stakes (2000m) and Pretty Polly Stakes (2000m).
Peeping Fawn is the dam of September (Deep Impact), who won at Listed level and placed in the Group One Fillies’ Mile (1600m), Moyglare Stud Stakes (1400m) and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (1800m). Another of her foals, Sir John Hawkins (Henrythenavigator), placed in the Group Two Coventry Stakes (1200m) and Group Three Tyros Stakes (1400m).
Others in this exceptional family include Group One stars Thewayyouare (Kingmambo), Blush With Pride (Blushing Groom), Rags to Riches (A.P. Indy), Jazil (Seeking the Gold) and Streaming (Smart Strike).
Purely Priceless herself won two races, and she is the dam of three winners from four foals to race. Alzire is a dual Listed winner, while Palmyre (Dansili) and Tasman Bay are both black-type placegetters.
Purely Priceless produced a filly by Wootton Bassett last season.