Category: Horses in training (NH)
Sire: MOUNT NELSON (GB)
Dam: ELLE DESERT (GER)
Dam Sire: NEXT DESERT (IRE)
The four-year-old Mount Nelson gelding Ventura Magic is offered for sale as a juvenile hurdling prospect. He is trained by Neil King of Ridgeway Racing, who is based at Upper Herdswick Farm on the Marlborough Downs, which boasts outstanding private facilities.
Ventura Magic was initially trained by Richard Hannon, proving his stamina by winning a Lingfield seller over just shy of a mile and a half last May. He was subsequently transferred to the Neil King team and he made a satisfactory start to his hurdling career when fifth of nine at Market Rasen, one bad blunder hindering his progress. The horse two places in front of him has since won impressively, so the form can be viewed in a positive light.
Ventura Magic is out of the German mare Elle Desert, who hails from a family featuring numerous black-type performers on the flat. Interestingly, the mare is also a half-sister to El Dancer, winner of the Grade-2 Top Novices' Hurdle at the Grand National meeting in 2009, beating such luminaries as Somersby and Riverside Theatre. The sire Mount Nelson is proving an excellent dual-purpose operator, his best jumpers including Grade-1 Stayers Hurdle winner Penhill, whilst he has also sired Grp-1 winners on the flat too.
As a Richard Hannon graduate, Ventura Magic comes from the same source as Neil's stable flagbearer Lil Rockerfeller, a dual Grade-2 winner and runner-up in the 2017 Grade-1 Stayers Hurdle.
It might be asking a lot for Ventura Magic to follow in those footsteps, but he looks an excellent prospect for juvenile hurdles, whilst he remains competitively handicapped from a mark of 63 on the level. He has the scope and pedigree to jump hurdles and remains lightly raced and progressive on the flat. He is fit and ready to run.
He is for sale as a whole, but connections are open to discussions regarding share options.