TIME TEST (16hh, 2012 Dubawi x Passage Of Time)
2021 Stud Fee: £8,500 1st October SLF
- Covered 125 mares in 2020 after an outstanding first crop – his largest book to date
- First yearlings realised 150,000gns, 120,000gns, £100,000 etc. and were purchased by leading buyers including Shadwell Estate Company, Blandford Bloodstock and Amanda Skiffington
- First crop in training with Roger Varian, Richard Hannon, William Haggas, Karl Burke, Richard Fahey, Ed Dunlop, Sean
Woods, Ralph Beckett, David O’Meara, Richard Hughes etc.
As an outstanding racecourse performer with a blue-chip pedigree, Time Test looked an exciting sire proposition from the moment his retirement to the National Stud was announced. But events since his debut covering season in 2018 have enhanced his reputation even further.
First, the dual Group 2-winning and multiple Group 1-placed Juddmonte homebred is by Dubawi, whose standing as a sire of sires has skyrocketed in recent seasons thanks primarily to his exciting young son Night Of Thunder but also to the emergence of promising first-season stallion New Bay.
Night Of Thunder supplied a record-equalling seven stakes winners among his first two-year-old runners and has compiled exceptionally high winners to runners strike-rates. New Bay, meanwhile, is also producing some compelling statistics and his early runners have included the Listed winner New Mandate.
There have been significant updates to Time Test’s maternal family, too. His Group 1-winning dam Passage Of Time, a sister to high-class pair Father Time and Timepiece, has since produced the classy Tempus, while top-notchers American Anthem and Yoshida have emerged on a page that already included elite winners All At Sea, Antonoe, Hilda’s Passion, Mutual Trust and Twice Over.
Furthermore, the strong support granted to Time Test at stud has been illustrated in many eye-catching pedigree updates among his first crop who will turn two in 2021. They include half-brothers to Classic winners Logician and Star Catcher, bred by Juddmonte and Hascombe and Valiant Studs respectively, as well as a half-sister to narrowly beaten St Leger runner-up Berkshire Rocco who was bred by Mount Coote Stud.
Other highlights among Time Test’s impressive first crop, the result of 111 mares covered, include a half-sister to top-flight winners Laughing and Viva Pataca; a filly out of dual US Grade 1 scorer Jostle; another filly out of high-class sprinter Night Carnation; and a colt out of Classic-placed Ardbrae Tara.
With all that in mind, it was no surprise to see Time Test’s initial sale offerings in strong demand when they came under the hammer as foals. They sold for an average of around 25,000gns – an excellent return on his opening fee of £8,500 – and hit a high of 62,000gns. Purchasers included such shrewd judges as Malcolm Bastard, Blandford Bloodstock, James Delahooke, Howson and Houldsworth Bloodstock, George Mullins, Larry Stratton and Yeomanstown Stud.
Discerning buyers who helped themselves to a Time Test yearling at the early sales of 2020 included Nick Bradley Racing, Tim Easterby and Rabbah Bloodstock.
Everything looks in place for the stallion to make a fast start with his debut two-year-olds in 2021. And considering he was still showing strong form at the age of five on the racecourse himself, his progeny should stand the test of time.
“TIME TEST appears to stamp his stock really well. They seem to have a great body, excellent bone and are generally very correct with an athletic action. Most of all, they have loads of class and real presence. I’m delighted with the yearling colt (bred by Anthony Oppenheimer) ex LYNWOOD CHASE we bought for 150,000gns in Book 2.” – Tom Goff, Bloodstock Agent
“We were adamant we wanted to buy a TIME TEST having been underbidder on two others; he is the most regally bred son of DUBAWI to go to stud, giving him every chance of being successful. This was like buying into a Juddmonte family – the colt we bought was a nice big strong colt with a great temperament that would make into a great 3yo.” – Alex Elliott, Bloodstock Agent
“I have been very taken by TIME TEST’s first crop this Autumn and was delighted to secure the colt ex LUANG PRABANG from Whatton Manor Stud for Eve Johnson-Houghton to train. Like most of the stock I saw by TIME TEST at Tattersalls he had lots of quality, scope and athleticism.“ – Anthony Bromley, Bloodstock Agent
“I bought a TIME TEST filly at the Orby Sale from Mount Coote Stud and I loved her from the moment I saw her. She has plenty of size and strength and is a very smart mover. She also seems to have a terrific temperament and takes everything in her stride. I can’t wait to see her on a racecourse next summer as she seems a really tough, hardy type.” – Daithi Harvey, Bloodstock Agent
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