Here’s why Tasleet looks such good value in 2023

The son of Showcasing has made an electrifying start at stud
Tasleet: available at a bargain fee of £6,000 this year

Nunnery Stud resident Tasleet emerged from his freshman season as one of the most promising stallions at stud in Britain or Ireland.

The top-class sprinting son of Showcasing, from the family of the blisteringly quick Battaash, has supplied 16 winners in Europe at a highly creditable strike-rate of 36%. 

It all started when he took last year’s breeze-up sales by storm. Bushypark Stud topped the Goffs UK Breeze-Up Sale with a colt sold to Blandford Bloodstock for £230,000, while other two-year-olds made 200,000gns, 95,000gns, 92,000gns and so on.

Those results suggested that Tasleet’s stock were straightforward, precocious and pacey, and so it proved on the track. 

BRADSELL, CARMELA, CLARETINA and OMNIQUEEN were among those that scored impressively and that quartet then all competed at Royal Ascot.

The exceptional BRADSELL was the headliner. He went on to become the only offspring of a first-season sire to strike at that prestigious meeting when he took the scalps of subsequent Group winners Persian Force, Royal Scotsman and Blackbeard with a decisive victory in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes.

Tasleet maintained momentum through the summer, with CRIKEY JUICEY, MUSTAJAAB and SALEET posting smart victories in maiden or novice company, and he put several more promising winners on the board in the autumn, such as AMERICAN SONJA, SEANTRABH and SKYSAIL, as well as that Doncaster breeze-up top lot INSTALLATION.

He got 2023 off to the perfect start when his first three-year-old runner, ABBEY’S DREAM, won a Newcastle maiden by clear water.

Tasleet’s flying start is all the more impressive for the fact that he didn’t have the largest crop to go to war with – ten of his peers had more runners than he did – and his representatives were bred at a fee of just £6,000, so didn’t all have the most glamorous pages.

Breeders duly inundated him with mares when it became apparent he was upgrading his stock and throwing early runners. He covered 112 mares last year, including 57 winners and eight black-type performers. His progeny conceived in 2023 will therefore follow hot on the heels of his biggest and best-bred crop competing on the track.

His second-crop yearlings sold for an average of £34,000, with a high of €110,000 paid by Jill Lamb for a colt out of the Dark Angel mare Rawaaf, others reached £90,000 and 78,000gns. Many respected industry figures such as Church Farm and Horse Park Stud, Joe Foley, Oliver St Lawrence, Clive Cox, Con Marnane, Paddy Twomey and Ted Durcan all signed for lots.

Leading bloodstock agent and breeder James Wigan told TDN last year that: “Tasleet interests me, probably because he’s from our old family, so I follow him with some interest. He hasn’t had an awful lot of mares but he’s done pretty well. He’s probably my sleeper amongst the young stallions.”

Joe Foley concurred, telling the same publication that Tasleet was his “under-the-radar” stallion to follow in 2023.

Considering all that Tasleet has achieved so far, from relatively limited opportunities, his covering fee of £6,000 represents outstanding value. 

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