Beaten by a head in the opening two-year-old race of the Irish season, Tough As Nails then skated in by seven lengths at Tipperary, was short-headed by future Group 1 and classic star Power in the Listed Marble Hill Stakes, chased home Lilbourne Lad in the Group 2 Railway Stakes and then took third place in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes, beaten by La Collina and Power and with Lilbourne Lad and Reply the next two home.
He stands at Old Meadow Stud in Co Kildare, there are 12 known members of his first crop, and his colts out of Fine Day and Remediate made €11,000 and €13,000 respectively when sold at Goffs as foals.
One of a growing number of stallion sons for leading sire Dark Angel (by Acclamation), Tough As Nails is the best of several winners out of Soreze. She won the Listed Marble Hill Stakes, is a daughter of the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes winner Gallic League (by Welsh Saint), and she is among seven winners out of one-time scorer Run Bonnie (by Runnett).
That mare is, in turn, out of a one-time scorer called My Bonnie and that maked her a half-sister to the talented sprinters Is King and Ednica. Both won the Scurry Handicap when it carried listed status, and the latter also earned blacktype when runner-up in a listed contest and third in the Group 3 Railway Stakes.
Tough As Nails (IRE) – gr.2009 – Dark Angel – Soreze, 1 win inc 2nd Railway Stakes (Gr2), Marble Hill Stakes (L), 3rd Phoenix Stakes (Gr1). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2015.
YEARLINGS CATALOGUED (updated)
bf – Anne-Lise (by Inchinor) Tattersalls IRE Sept €10,500
bc – Cloud Break (by Dansili) Tattersalls IRE Sept €12,000
grc – Ebonywood (by Montbrook) Tattersalls IRE Sept €25,000
bc – Fine Day (by Fantastic Light) Tattersalls IRE Sept €11,000
bc – Remediate (by Miswaki) Goffs UK Aug £12,000
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