Now there are high hopes that Fair Mix will turn out to be an even better stallion than he was on the track. One of only six stallions standing at Shade Oak, there’s every chance that he will turn out to be better than more established yard maters Alflora and Black Sam Bellamy, sire of Gold Cup runner up The Giant Bolster.
Simonsig, who has the same grey coat as his sire, established himself as the season’s top novice hurdler with facile victories at both the Cheltenham Festival (Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle) and Aintree’s Grand National meeting (John Smith’s Mersey Novices’ Hurdle). Now other horses are helping Fair Mix to build his profile. Netherby, who was foaled just a couple of weeks after Simonsig was sold last November for £62,000, and hasn’t been out of the first four in his opening four races.
Laflammedegloirie is another from the 2006 first crop to have caught the eye. After a second place in a bumper last November the David Pipe trained gelding scored on his second run in a hurdle race.
Whilst neither of them is likely to achieve as much as Simonsig has already done, together they mark out Fair Mix as a stallion to keep an eye on in the next few years.