Pedigree spotlight 11 July - David Junior

Filed on 11 Jul 2006 @ 16:07


4 ch c Pleasant Tap (USA) - Paradise River (USA) (Irish River (FR))

Owner: Roldvale Ltd and Gold Group International
Trainer: Brian Meehan
Breeder: Arthur I Appleton

It is nearly half a decade since Richard Galpin, formerly a correspondent for the Sporting Life, established the Newmarket Bloodstock Agency and in the intervening period he has developed a formidable record as both a buyer and groom of young talent, both human and equine.

A vast array of successful current agents, among them John Warren, Dick O'Gorman and Geoffrey Howson, learned their trade under Galpin and along the way he has bought over 50 Group and Grade One winners, not to mention many celebrated foundation mares - including the fillies who helped establish Meon Valley Stud.

Galpin, now aged 70, relocated to Kentucky in the 1980s but the Newmarket International agency, as his business is now titled, is still going strong with David Junior the latest star to advertise the buyer's eagle eye.

An inspired purchase

Galpin teamed up with another of his proteges, Co Cork agent Hugo Merry, along with trainer Brian Meehan to buy David Junior at Fasig-Tipton's Calder Breeze-Up Sale in Florida two years ago for $175,000 and it has long looked an inspired purchase.

Bred at Arthur Appleton's Bridlewood Farm in Florida, he was bought for Galpin's longstanding client David Sullivan (who trades as Roldvale Ltd) and David Gold, a partnership that also owns Birmingham City football club.

The winner of an Ascot maiden as a two-year-old, David Junior's career continued to progress last season with victory in Goodwood's Group Three Select Stakes being followed by a Group One triumph in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket.

At Nad Al Sheba in March he ran away with the Dubai Duty Free and a first prize of £1.7 million and, after a close fourth to Ouija Board in the Group One Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot, he reversed the form in some style when taking the Group One Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.

Well-related dam

Dubai Junior is a son of Pleasant Tap - whose sire Pleasant Colony is best known in Europe thanks to the exploits of Irish Derby and King George winner St Jovite - who stands in Kentucky for a modest $10,000 fee.

Pleasant Tap's best previous performer was Tap Dance City, who won the Japan Cup as a six-year-old in 2003.

David Junior boasts a distinguished distaff family. His dam, Paradise River, is out of a full-sister to four-time Grade One winner Paradise Creek and half-sibling to another pair of Grade One scorers, Forbidden Apple and Wild Event.

But it is David Junior who is currently bringing the family pedigree page to life as he proves himself to be yet another shrewd purchase by Richard Galpin.

Filed on 11 Jul 2006 @ 16:07