Highbank sold at Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1 for 750,000gns (c) Tattersalls

Kingman's Highbank Earns TDN Rising Star Tag At Newmarket

The 750,000gns Tattersalls October Book 1 graduate Highbank powered to 'TDN Rising Stardom' with a taking display in the Maiden Stakes.

Taken from Thoroughbred Daily News, 23rd July 2022

Charlie Appleby sent out Godolphin's subsequent Gr.1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf and Gr.1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains hero Modern Games (Ire) to garner last term's renewal of Newmarket's Discover Newmarket British EBF Maiden S. and the local operation has another likely sort to go forward after 750,000gns Tattersalls October Book 1 graduate Highbank (Ire) (Kingman {GB}) powered to 'TDN Rising Stardom' with a taking display in this year's edition of the seven-furlong heat. Settled off the tempo in seventh through halfway, the 4-1 chance made eyecatching headway inside the final quarter mile to gain control passing the furlong marker and quickened clear in impressive fashion to account for stablemate Bold Act (Ire) by 3 3/4 lengths.

“He is a horse that we have got a bit of experience with the family with having had Bay Of Poets,” explained trainer Charlie Appleby. “Whatever he did today there was going to be marked improvement. He had done some good work at home and I told [rider] Jack [Mitchell] to teach him to race the right way. Today was a learning day and his class prevailed. He travelled very well and picked up well. I've not had chance to speak to Jack, but visually it was impressive. We liked Bold Act too, so hopefully that is a useful pointer, amd we will keep him at seven [furlongs] for the moment. I think he has got a lot of natural speed and we will probably look at something like the [Gr.3] Solario S. [at Sandown]. I need to have a chat with the lads before making any firm decisions.”

Highbank is the latest of seven foals and fourth scorer out of a winning half-sister to Gr.3 St Leger Italiano victor Burma Gold (Ire) (Java Gold) and Listed Prix Finlande runner-up Burma Sea (Fr) , herself the dam of Gr.3 Prix Eclipse winner Devil (Ire). The April-foaled bay is a half-brother to Listed Prix Pelleas victor and Gr.2 Al Rashidiya runner-up Bay Of Poets (Ire). Bristol Bay's full-sister Burning Heights {Ire}) is the dam of Gr.3 Killavullan S. scorer Blue De Vega (Ger) and the second dam of Gr.2 Premio Lydia Tesio victrix Angel Power (GB). Highbank's second dam Bougainvillea (Ger) is a full-sister to Gr.1 Deutsches Derby and G1 Grosser Preis von Baden heroine Borgia (Ger) as well as being a half-sister to  Gr.1 Deutsches Derby and Gr.1 Coronation Cup-winning sire Boreal (Ger).