Such a beautiful horse (pictured). The Wow Signal, trained by John Quinn. This son of Starspangledbanner raced in the familiar silk of Qatar Racing Ltd. This bay colt won effortlessly on debut at Ayr by nine lengths.
His second start saw an equally sublime effort at Royal Ascot when taking the Coventry Stakes (Group 2) by one-and-three-quarter lengths.
In August of that same year (2014) he travelled to Deauville, France winning the Darley Prix Morny (Group 1) on very soft going. Ridden by Frankie Dettori, the 9/4 joint-favourite was pushed out firmly and asserted ahead of Wesley Ward’s Hootenanny by half a length, netting prize winning of £166,658.33.
Come October, The Wow Signal would run his final race to conclude his two-year-old career and retirement. Starting 7/4f for Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Grand Criterium) (Group 1) at Longchamp, France, he showed good pace but was eased in the final furlong to finish ninth of nine.
The Wow Signal was retired to stud for a fee of £8,000.
At the age of six, he was lost his battle with laminitis (a painful condition which affects the hooves).
His story was made all the more poignant considering he was bought as a foal (pin-hooked) for the paltry sum of just 13,000 euros as a breeze-up purchase by Lynn Lodge Stud. He was purchased by the trainer’s son Sean at the Ascot Breeze-up sales for £50,000.
In his short career, The Wow Signal won £238,915. He achieved an Official Rating of 116 and noted as the top-rated 2yo in France in 2014.
In a short stud career, he sired 12 foals at Swettenham Stud in Australia in 2015.
A very gifted two-year-old.