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Join forces with some of Martin’s owners in an exciting juvenile hurdler – Pirate Look
Pirate Look

An athletic 3yo gelding, with lots of quality,  Pirate Look has been bought to go juvenile hurdling with the aim of running in the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival in March 2018.  An exciting type who will initially go to Claire Hart’s pre-training yard for schooling before joining Martin at the beginning of January.  There are six shares available in this partnership with each sixth share costing £7,100 + training fees (approximately £3300 per year) from 1st December.
Sire Canford Cliffs (IRE), dam Gerika (FR), dam sire Galileo (IRE), Timeform rating 86.
We are delighted to present Pirate Look, a really exciting prospect with Cheltenham Festival aspirations. This six share partnership will be managed by Charlie Dee, former pupil assistant to Martin. Charlie will provide frequent communication and full transparency on costs while encouraging everyone to be involved in all aspects of ownership, not least regular yard visits.

Pirate Look has run 8 times on the flat, winning on his first start in early November last year. He has since been placed on 5 occasions, displaying admirable consistency and achieving a Timeform rating of 86 in the process.

When assessing the prospective NH career of a flat horse, a general guide is to add 50lbs to a horses rating. This assessment suggests Pirate Look could achieve a NH rating in the mid 130s. To put this rating into perspective, Flying Tiger the winner of the 2017 Fred Winter Hurdle was rated 134. Whilst the lowest rated horse in the race was rated 124. Therefore, it is a very realistic possibility that Pirate Look could be competitive in the 2018 Fred Winter Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Pirate Look is by Canford Cliffs, an outstanding racehorse and successful sire, whose oldest crop are 4yos. Canford Cliffs has predominantly sired flat horses, most notably Wall of Fire (OR 110) and Salouen (OR 110). However, his progeny that have gone jumping have been very successful. Canford Cliffs most high-profile NH horses to date include, Nessun Dorma (Willie Mullins), who is 2/2 over hurdles to date and a very exciting novice hurdle prospect. As well as Cliffs of Dover (Paul Nicholls) who won 6 races over hurdles last season including a Grade 2 Juvenile hurdle at Doncaster. Pirate Look is rated 12lbs superior on the flat than Cliffs of Dover (OR 67).

Pirate Look is out of Gerika (Galileo), winner of 6 races and a half-sister to three Listed winners. An interesting point to note is that Cliffs Of Dover and Nessun Dorma are both out of Galileo mares as is Pirate Look. Furthermore, Canfords Cliffs two highest rated flat performers Wall of Fire and Salouen are also out of Galileo mares. THIS IS CLEARLY A CROSS THAT WORKS!

We are very hopeful for Pirate Look’s future and the dream has already begun.  If you’d like to view Pirate Look, please contact Jon Hughes on 07958-763159 and he can quickly put you in touch with Charlie Dee who will arrange a viewing without delay.