Buratino began his career on 28 March 2015, the opening day of that season, and made a winning debut at Chelmsford. Just over two months after that he showed himself to be a better than the typical early juvenile as, having beaten Gifted Master over six furlongs at Newmarket and then been trounced by King Of Rooks in the Listed National Stakes over five furlongs at Sandown, he bolted home by six lengths in the Listed Woodcote Stakes at Epsom.
Ten days later he proved that markedly better effort was no fluke as he extended his unbeaten record over six furlongs to three with a two-length defeat of subsequent juvenile champion Air Force Blue in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. With his pedigree and the current fashion for early juvenile speed in prospective stallions, it was all but certain from that day that a career at stud awaited him.
His only subsequent starts that season resulted in defeats, but they were a third place finish to Air Force Blue in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh and a half-length defeat by Shalaa in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket, and Timeform rated him 118.
Like his most famous relation, Buratino's three-year-old season was a disappointment: fourth behind Quiet Reflection in the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes easily the best of his five runs. That notable family member is Danehill Dancer (by Danehill), the dual juvenile Group 1 star who went on to become an influential classic sire.
Danehill Dancer's siblings include juvenile Group 3 scorer Unilateral (by Rock of Gibraltar) and the listed race winners Colossus (by Danehill) and Adonesque (by Sadler's Wells). The latter, who won the Listed Blue Wind Stakes and finished third in the Group 3 Meld Stakes, is the dam of Buratino's stakes-placed dam Bergamask (by Kingmambo).
Buratino is a son of the Group 1 star and leading international sire Exceed And Excel (by Danehill), whose early stallion sons include Excelebration (sire of Group 1 winner Barney Roy) and Helmet (sire of Group 1 winner Thunder Snow). This makes him quite closely related to Danehill Dancer, so it was no surprise that he proved popular in his first season. There are 76 foals registered in his first crop, and he looks likely to get his best winners in the five to 10-furlong range.
BURATINO (IRE) – ch.2013 – Exceed And Excel – Bergamsk, 4 wins inc Coventry Stakes (Gr2), Woodcote Stakes (L), 2nd Middle Park Stakes (Gr1), National Stakes (L), 3rd Phoenix Stakes (Gr1). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2018.
Chc - Air Of Mystery (by Sakhee’s Secret) Tatts IRE November not sold
Bc - Annellis (by Diesis) Goffs November withdrawn
Bc - Banksia (by Marju) Goffs November €15,000
Chc - Brilliant Crystal (by Compton Place) Goffs November not sold
Chc - Confidente (by Awesome Again) Goffs November €10,500
Bc - Cotton Camera (by Lilbourne Lad) Goffs November €12,500
Bc - Daring Damsel (by Van Nistelrooy) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Decadence (by Singspiel) Goffs November not sold
Chc - Diminish (by Raven’s Pass) Goffs November €22,000
Bc - Dubai In Bloom (by Kheleyf) Tatts IRE November withdrawn
Bc - Easee Annie (by Zoffany) Tatts IRE November €3,800
Chc - Endless Peace (by Russian Revival) Goffs November €20,000
Chc - Fair Countenance (by Almutawakel) Tatts IRE November not sold
Chc - Gin Twist (by Invincible Spirit) Goffs November €35,000
Chc - Goldenzye (by Invincible Spirit) Goffs UK December £16,000
Chc - Hurricane Lily (by Ali-Royal) Goffs November €6,000
Chc - Incessant (by Elusive Quality) Tattersalls November 8,000gns
Chc - La Ninfa Rossa (by Cadeaux Genereux) Goffs November not sold
Chc - Littlemisstutti (by Noverre) Tattersalls November not sold
Bc - Mecca’s Missus (by Lilbourne Lad) Tatts IRE November €13,000
Bf - Nonna Iole (by Tobougg) Goffs November not sold
Chf - Pivka (by Pivotal) Goffs November €33,000
Chc - Princess Of Troy (by Tiger Hill) Tattersalls November not sold
Chc - Reggae Star (by Cape Cross) Goffs November €3,800
Bf - Roman Locket (by Holy Roman Emperor) Goffs November not sold
Bf - Scarlet Pursuits (by Pastoral Pursuits) Tatts IRE November not sold
Chf - St Edith (by Desert King) Goffs November €18,000
Chc - Take It Easee (by Noverre) Tatts IRE November €800
Chf - Up At Dawn (by Inchinor) Goffs November withdrawn
Bc - Whimsical (by Strategic Prince) Tatts IRE November not sold
Chc - Zelie Martin (by Invincible Spirit) Goffs November €7,000
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