Category: Horses in training (NH)
Sire: CHOISIR (AUS)
Dam: TIBBIE (GB)
Dam Sire: SLIP ANCHOR
The eight-year-old gelding Road To Rome is offered for sale. Although he remains a maiden, he has been most unlucky to fail to get off the mark so far, and there is little doubt that he has more to offer.
A genuine, consistent, attractive and fantastic horse to handle, Road To Rome is only offered for sale as the racing club of which he is a part needs to make space for younger stores. There is no question that he remains capable of winning races.
Road To Rome is a son of Choisir and hails from the family of Olympian, who famously did the Imperial Cup-Coral Cup double for Martin Pipe in 1993. Although you might be forgiven for questioning the credentials of Choisir as a NH sire, the great sprinter has produced numerous winning jumpers, such as the Grade-2 winning novice hurdler Sure Reef and the Grade-3 winning mare One Fine Day.
Road To Rome demonstrated promise in three bumpers, notably when a half-length second at Bangor. He returned to the same venue for his hurdles debut and was second again, before finishing runner-up in a handicap, also at Bangor, in March of last year. After a couple of below-par efforts early last season, his attentions were turned to chasing, and he finished a tremendously gutsy second at Ludlow on debut. He has been placed in all three subsequent starts over the larger obstacles, finishing second again at his beloved Bangor on his most recent outing in May.
Road To Rome now finds himself rated 109 over hurdles and fences, handicap ratings which appear lenient based on the balance of his form. His mark looks particularly favourable as he has yet to be stepped up to three miles, a trip which promises to suit and help to coax some further improvement.
Road To Rome is a tough and genuine sort that remains relatively lightly-raced and has plenty years of racing left in him. Effective from two miles upwards, and suited by various underfoot conditions, this is an excellent opportunity to purchase a fun and consistent performer.