Timeform 119-rated sprinter Pearl Secret joins the team at Bucklands Farm and Stud in Gloucestershire. Winner of his only start at two, he won three from four as a three-year-old, including an odds-on listed success at Sandown, and his most high-profile victory came in the Group 2 Temple Stakes at Haydock last year, at the age of six.
He is among the leading sons of the Group 1 July Cup hero Compton Place (by Indian Ridge) and he is the best of several winners out of Our Little Secret (by Rossini), a prolific sprinter who won a listed contest at Chester.
His grandam, Sports Post Lady (by M Double M), won four times and is a half-sister to Palacegate Episode (by Drumalis), Another Episode (by Drumalis) and Palacegate Jack (by Neshad), blacktype stars who won a total of 37 races between them.
The latter won 15 including the Listed Rockingham Stakes, Listed Harry Rosebery Trophy and Listed Tattersalls Breeders Stakes, while Group 3 Molecomb Stakes runner-up Another Episode notched up a tally of 11 that included the Listed Roses Stakes at York.
Palacegate Episode was best of the trio, the champion older mare in Germany in 1994 and an 11-time scorer who won the Group 3 Premio Omenoni, Listed St Hugh's Stakes, and three editions of the Listed Flieger Preis at Cologne, among other blacktype success.
Her son King Quantas (by Danehill) was champion two-year-old in Scandinavia in 2000 and his string of career wins included the Group 3 Polar Cup at Ovreroll. Her stakes-placed daughter Longing To Dance (by Danehill Dancer) is the dam of the Group 3 Prix de Psyche winner Be My Gal (by Galileo).
From the perspective of assessing Pearl Secret's sire potential, it is more notable that Palacegate Episode's unplaced daughter Halland Park Lass (by Spectrum) is the dam of classic-placed Group 2 Blandford Stakes winner Up (by Galileo) and of the classic-placed dual Group 1 star and notably successful stallion Dutch Art (by Medicean).
PEARL SECRET (GB) – ch.2009 – Compton Place – Our Little Secret, 7 wins inc Temple Stakes (Gr2), Beverley Bullet Stakes (L), Scurry Stakes (L), 2nd Temple Stakes (Gr2), 3rd King's Stand Stakes (Gr1). Sire in England. First foals in 2018.
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