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National Hunt Horses, 2017/18

Acey Milan: Anthony Honeyball

Acey Milan

This beautifully correct and athletic gelding by Milan (regularly in the top three of the NH Sires table) was bought privately from Bryan Murphy of the famed Dunraven Arms in Adare in early 2015.  Bryan has had numerous successes in top races on Grade 1 tracks and we’re hoping that Acey Milan performs at the same level.

 

Acey Milan Chart

There are notably game and hardy winners in the Strong Gale dam line:  eight times winner William’s Wishes, Buck House (won Supreme Novices and Champion Chase), Dare To Doubt, Jessies Dream and Gus Macrae.  Allowed to develop physically, it was an encouraging debut in an NH Flat race at Exeter to come 2nd in October 2017.


 

Dr Dunraven: Martin Keighley

Dr Dunraven

The sire Dr Massini, by Sadler’s Wells, has done well in NH, not least with Massini’s Maguire, Sound Investment, Rocky Creek and the prolific 13x winner Foster’s Cross. The dam line contains many notable horses including Wahiba Sands who won 11x and was placed 19x and Fistral Beach who won the Bet 365 at Wetherby.

 

Dr Dunraven Chart

He moved to Martin’s with the blessing of Philip Hobbs after a few initial disappointing runs.  Having sorted out a number of problems, the horse ran a belter at Uttoxeter on his debut for the new yard, finishing a good 2nd staying on, and would have won in a few strides.  Is now over a minor niggle and reappears Autumn 2017.


 

Lord Condi: Martin Keighley

Lord Condi

Sire Papal Bull, by Montjeu, was a thoroughly genuine middle-distance winner on the Flat, picking up the Chester Vase and the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot. The dam line contains immediate winners in the family while the granddam, Only Royale, won the Yorkshire Oaks. No lack of stamina in this pedigree.

 

Lord Condi Chart

Only a 4yo, but a big and very strong individual with bags of scope.  Still immature so will have a few runs in bumpers before switching to novice hurdling.  Everyone who has ridden him at home has been impressed and he has a high cruising speed, covering the ground effortlessly.  Martin and the team see him as an exciting prospect.


 

Melekhov: Philip Hobbs

Melekhov

Bought by Aiden Murphy at the Tattersalls Foal Sale in November 2014, this striking son of Sholokhov has developed into a fine prospect.  His sire won the Grand Criterium and quickly gained recognition with the Gold Cup-winning exploits of Don Cossack.  Aiden as buyer & Philip as trainer are a most successful combination.

 

Melekhov Chart

The dam line is classic Aga Khan.  Notable relatives include Bekhara, winner of the Grand Prix de Paris;  Behrajan (Tolworth and Pillar Property Chase at Cheltenham), Barizan (Champion 4yo Hurdle, Punchestown) and Banasan (Kerry National).  Willie Mullins is a big fan as well, most notably with 8x winner Ivan Grozny.


 

Scented Lily: Charlie Longsdon

Scented Lily

By four-time Champion Sire Presenting, from the Best Mate family, this filly is bred in the purple and if she can win over jumps, will have a high residual value. Few sires have produced two Cheltenham Gold Cup winners and three Grand National winners. There are seven Cheltenham winners on the dam side, notably Best Mate.

 

Scented Lily Chart

Since we acquired the filly she has been looked after by Claire Hart at her excellent facilities at the Adlestrop estate near Stow on the Wold and then in full training nearby at Charlie Longsdon’s. After a bumper run, was switched to 2m novice hurdling and may well be stepped up in distance in the spring. Will prefer decent ground.


 

Unnamed Oscar: Martin Keighley

Unnamed Oscar

Bought at the November 2014 Foal Sale, but has remained in Ireland at PJ Colville’s yard near Ballydoyle in Tipperary. As a big horse he was always going to need time, but will be with Martin in 2018. Oscar is a top NH stallion:  Lord Windermere (Cheltenham Gold Cup), Big Zeb (Champion Chase), Rock On Ruby (Champion Hurdle).

 

Unnamed Oscar Chart

The damsire Amilynx was a top-class stayer on the Flat, and there are many chase winners down the dam line, notably Ballyholland (2m 6f BMW Chase and The Plate at Galway) as well as very smart hurdlers Charlie’s Cottage and Copsale Lad.  Martin has a superb record at Cheltenham and we’re hoping this lad will add to the tally.


 



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