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National Hunt Horses, 2019/20

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 it wasn’t long before Acey Milan added to that tally.

 

Acey Milan Chart

In his first season he was the top bumper horse in the UK by at least half a stone. He raced five times; won three, including two Listed bumpers; and then came 4th in the Cheltenham Champion Bumper. Not right in his second season but is now shaping up to become a top-class 3m+ staying hurdler.  One to follow.


 

Ben Buie: Martin Keighley

Ben Buie

Few sires have been more successful than Presenting.  You only have to think of his offspring Ballabriggs, Bally Casey, Denman, Dunguib, First Lieutenant, On His Own, War Of Attrition or Yorkhill.  The dam line of this gorgeous 4yo is also impressive, including the likes of Fairy Rath, Dato Star and Hoh Invader.  A lovely prospect.

 

Ben Buie Breeding Chart

Bought in May 2017, he needed time to develop into his big frame and was brought along patiently for us in Ireland. Put in an impressive debut at Ascot, coming 2nd to high-class Emitom.  Lost his way a bit after that, but bounced back with an excellent 3rd behind two top novice hurdlers at Catterick.  Sure to progress, particularly when he eventually goes chasing.


 

Dreamsundermyfeet: Martin Keighley

Dreamsundermyfeet

We purchased this half-brother to Ben Buie at the Doncaster Goffs Sale in May 2018, and it was soon apparent that he is certainly going to be a long-term project needing a bit of patience.  Although now a 4yo, he is a young one with a lot of development still to come, both mentally and physically.  He is a fine stamp and a big horse.

 

Dreamsundermyfeet Chart

Yeats was an exceptional stayer, winning the Ascot Gold Cup four times, and has already produced good NH horses:  Shattered Love, Thomas Campbell and Augusta Kate. With multiple NH winners Fairy Rath, Dato Star & Hoh Invader in the dam line, he is a real chasing type.  Won’t be seen at his best until chasing.

 

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

As a big, strong individual with bags of scope, he was given lots of time to mature, racing once as a 4yo and then coming into his own as a 5yo in 2018, winning three times, at Fontwell, Plumpton and Ludlow. He must have good ground. Has had some physical problems, but we’re hoping he will be back to his best in the summer of 2020.


 

Luttrell Lad: Philip Hobbs

Luttrell Lad

Top agent Aiden Murphy bought him for us in November 2016 at the Tattersalls Foal Sale in Ireland as part of our switch to buying young stock rather than ready-to-go ex-point-to-pointers.  This has already paid off with Acey Milan, Lord Condi and Melekhov.  He goes to Philip Hobbs and will be out in bumpers.

 

Luttrell Lad Chart

Beat Hollow is the best dual-purpose sire in Europe and the dam line has produced multiple winners, not least Duke Of Lucca who won the Betfred Chase at Aintree for Philip.  He has shown a good attitude in pre-training and is a well put together, athletic type. Goes to Philip Hobbs in early 2020 and will be out in juvenile bumpers.

 

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

There are some classy relatives in his dam line such as Bekhara (Grand Prix de Paris), Behrajan (Cheltenham winner) and Barizan (Champion Irish 4yo).  It didnít take Melekhov long to show that he is a talented and enthusiastic horse, winning three times and showing great consistency in all his runs, finishing: 2, 1, 1, 4, 2, 1, 2. An improver.


 

Mozzaro: Martin Keighley

Mozzaro

This horse caught our eye at the Goffs Land Rover Sale in Ireland in June 2018, as he is related to our Melekhov.  He is a notably good-looking horse, an excellent mover with a really athletic swagger about him.  As a young and rapidly growing horse he is being given plenty of time to develop into his frame. Likely to race in spring 2020.

 

Mozzaro Chart

Morozov is by Sadler’s Wells, and has already sired nice young NH horses such as Eduard and Opening Batsman.  Our horse’s siblings have already won six times over fences or hurdles, and the dam line is a French classic one including Behera, European Champion Filly in 1989, Gr.2-winning Behkara and top chaser Behrajan.


 

Scented Lily: Based with Claire Hart for her breeding career

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

Being so stoutly bred, she was very much the type to develop with age and come on for being stepped up in trip to three miles.  She had an unlucky second season when she should have won a couple of hurdles, but then stormed home over 2m 7f at Market Rasen.  Has now been retired with a new partnership managing her breeding career.


 



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