Make Believe wins the Prix de la Foret in track record time beating Limato!!!
Profile - The Irish Field 20/11/15
BALLYLINCH Stud has bolstered its impressive stallion ranks with the news that the 2015 French 2000 Guineas winner Make Believe will stand at the Co Kilkenny farm for next season. His fee has been set at €20,000.
Unbeaten at two years in both his starts, the Andre Fabre-trained Make Believe was having only his fourth career outing when he beat the subsequent French Derby winner New Bay in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains, with Group 1 winners Highland Reel and Muhaarar in arrears. Desmond Stoneham of The Irish Field wrote of this performance:
"Peslier injected pace at the two-furlong marker and the race was over shortly afterwards. The pair crossed the line in a canter three lengths clear of New Bay."
Sent for the St James’s Palace Stakes, conditions did not suit and he showed he was back to his best when he reverted to seven furlongs and beat a top-class field to win the Group 1 Prix de la Foret at Longchamp in an exceptional time. His final start was in the Breeders’ Cup Mile and he finished fifth after encountering traffic problems.
Make Believe is the best runner from the first crop of the 2000 Guineas winner Makfi, himself a son of the brilliant Dubawi. On the dam side he is the second winner at the highest level produced by the two-year-old winner Rosie’s Posy. The first was Dubawi Heights, winner of both the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon Stakes and Gamely Stakes. She sold for $1.6 million in 2011.
Make Believe’s grandam My Branch was classic-placed and also runner-up in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes and her seven winners were headed by the Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup winner Tante Rose.
Make Believe raced in the colours of Prince Faisel who will retain a significant interest in him for his stud career. Ballylinch Stud is also taking a substantial shareholding and breeders will have an opportunity to buy into him.
John O’Connor is looking forward to Make Believe’s career and told The Irish Field; “I am delighted to get him for Ballylinch. I was keen to get him as he possesses a lot of what I like in a stallion. He has class, two-year-old speed, was a high-class miler and is a great looker.”