National Hunt Horses, 2016/17
Future Gilded: Jamie Snowden
Future Gilded is from an excellent French jumping family and was bought at the Deauville Sales in July 2013, having romped home in his only run in France at Aix-les-Bains where he attacked the big French hurdles with real panache, and is a natural jumper. “Frankie” is a most enthusiastic, forward-moving type with OR 119.
Despite being a very strong horse, he has also been prone to injury, missing his first season. However, once he got going for us he won a 2m 3f handicap chase at Market Rasen in fine style before running superbly to come 3rd at Haydock in a £50k chase in April 2015. Alas, he did a tendon and misses another season.
He’s A Bully: Philip Hobbs
Bloodstock prices have been climbing scarily over the last year or two. Most NH horses that have already won races, particularly in Ireland, and with good breeding are now out of our price range, so we were really pleased to acquire this British based, P2P-winning son of Westerner at the Cheltenham Brightwells Sale.
In his first season, he was extremely headstrong and raced far too freely. We decided to teach him to settle, put a hood on him, and slowly the penny dropped. He is now proving to be a game and tough sort who takes his racing incredibly well. In his last ten races from mid-October, the results are 2, 1, 2, 4, 6, 3, 2, 2, 3, 3. More to come.
Thady Quil: Martin Keighley
Purchased at the Brightwells Cheltenham Sale in January 2015, he had come 2nd in two P2Ps in Ireland, behind Hawkhurst (went for £200k in the same sale) and Delusionofgrandeur (£100k reserve). Sold by the vendor-breeder of Champagne Fever, who is also by Stowaway. A big, powerful type.
A His full sister, Dazzling Susie, has already won six times but with her first win only coming at 6yo. Thady Quil is a similar type who is bound to strengthen up as he matures. A really fine physical specimen but struggling with his wind at the moment, and should be much better with time. Won’t run again until the spring of 2016.