£24,000 plus VAT (or quarter shares of £6,000)
Category: Horses in training (NH)
Sire: PRESENTING (GB)
Dam: MOLLY MASSINI (IRE)
Dam Sire: DR MASSINI (IRE)
The six-year-old Presenting gelding Project Mars is offered for sale. He can be purchased as a whole or in quarters, and he has recently moved to the top-class yard of Fergal O'Brien in Gloucestershire.
A fine stamp of a horse that stands at 16hh, he is out of the winning hurdler Molly Massini, who is a full-sister to the Grade-1 Cheltenham Festival winning novice hurdler and later classy chaser Massini's Maguire. In addition to this, their sire Dr Massini is enjoying something of a golden spell in the broodmare sires division. In the last year he has been represented by the likes of Ladbroke Trophy winner Total Recall, Aintree Grade-2 bumper heroine Getaway Katie Mai and the brilliant but ill-fated novice chaser Fountains Windfall.
For previous connections Project Mars displayed plenty of promise and ability. He was placed in the second of two bumpers, and finished runner-up over hurdles at Towcester (on debut), and at Fontwell twice. His good efforts have come on ground ranging from good to firm to soft, so he is a versatile sort that can run at all times of the year, and he is fit and ready to run now. Despite continuing in good form recently, his mark has dropped to 99 from a peak of 107. This can surely be exploited in the near future, particularly if any improvement is forthcoming for a change of scenery.
Fergal O'Brien remains a trainer firmly on the up, having trained 60 winners at an impressive 18% strike rate during each of the past two seasons. The campaign just gone was highlighted by the victory of Poetic Rhythm in the Grade-1 Challow Novices' Hurdle, whilst the trainer is noted for being particularly adept at improving the fortunes of horses received from other stables.
As a son of the great Presenting, with a fine NH pedigree, it is not unreasonable to assume that the surface has only been scratched with Project Mars in terms of realising his full potential. He has shown more than enough to suggest he can win races, and at just six years old there might well be some further improvement to come.
This is an excellent and exciting opportunity to join in the next chapter of his journey!