New Group Winner For Holy Roman

In Bloodstock & Breeding, Stallions, Thoroughbred Racing by Ben Ready

Well Timed became the 39th individual Group winner for her reigning Champion Sire Holy Roman Emperor, when taking out the Group Two Hoppegarten Diana Trial for trainer JP Carvalho in Berlin on Sunday (June 10).

The filly, who was a last start winner of the Listed Dusseldorf Preis der BMW is now unbeaten in her three starts at 3.

The victory came just hours after the Holy Roman Emperor gelding Golden Kid was victorious in the HKJC Sha Tin Clubhouse Handicap. Holy Roman Emperor, who was the Champion Sire in Hong Kong last season, set a new record in the March Hong Kong International Sale when his son out of the Group One-placed French mare Ysoldina was knocked down for HK$11million – eclipsing the previous record of HK$10.5million that was set at the sale in 2017.

The next Hong Kong International Sale is scheduled for June 15 and Holy Roman Emperor is represented by two entries – Lot 1, a 2YO gelding x Whole Grain (GB), who was a GBP95,000 purchase at the 2017 Goffs Breeze Up Sale, and Lot 16, a 2YO gelding x Sojitzen (FR) who was a Gns90,000 purchase at the 2017 Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale.

The strong demand internationally for progeny of Holy Roman Emperor was reflected in his 2018 Australian sales results where his yearlings sold for up to $260,000 and averaged $110,000 – a huge return off an advertised stud fee of $9,900.

In the past two weeks Holy Roman Emperor, who has an enviable strike rate of over 6% Stakes winners to runners and 67% winners to runners, has sired Group One Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Romanised, Group Two Diana Trial winner Well Timed, and the Group Three BRC Lord Mayor’s Cup winner Duca Valentinois.

He is a sire you can bank on, whether you breed a colt (38 of his 73 Stakes winners are colts) or a filly (35 of his 73 Stakes winners are fillies) and whether you breed to race or to sell, you can bank on Holy Roman Emperor.