August 11, 2015 – Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, he won his only race at two and reappeared with a Listed win this season before his big effort behind Gleneagles at Ascot.
Last time out he was beaten by subsequent Rose of Lancaster winner Intilaaq at Newbury, but had a valid excuse that day.
He has been bought by bloodstock agent George Moore for a new client and will be sent into training with his father, John.
“He’s going to be our Derby horse for next year, along with Bartel (ex Ed Vaughan),” said Moore.
“I can’t say who he’s been bought for as yet but that will come out in the next few weeks. There are lots of upsides to him, he wasn’t 100% when he lost the last day and the winner has won a Group Three by five lengths since.
“We’ve had plenty of success with Shamardal’s down the years and he is by a son of Shamardal in Lope De Vega. We tried to buy some Lope De Vega’s at the sales but couldn’t so we’ve done it privately.
“The fact he’s been trained by Sir Michael Stoute is a bonus, too, as we know he doesn’t push them too early and there should be more to come.
“He’ll be one of the highest-rated horses to come to Hong Kong next year.”
Confirming the sale, Harry Herbert, racing manager for Highclere, Consort’s former owners, said: “We wish his new connections well.
“We’ve sold a few to Hong Kong down the years and they’ve all done exceptionally well. We hope it’s beneficial to everybody involved. It is never easy selling but the money was so big you have to tread the line carefully. He provided a huge amount of fun to his owners who enjoyed a great day at Ascot.
“Nowadays, horses of this calibre demand huge sums of money and the shareholders were happy to sell and hopefully they reinvest.”