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Classic Bloodlines on Race Horse Trader

Saturday 4th May, 2019 - by Alex Mair

Classic season gets underway today with the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, and in honour of the great race we take a trip down memory lane and recollect a few of the former winners that have gone on to stallion duties - and have stock available for sale on Race Horse Trader!

Rock of Gibraltar: The great Rock of Gibraltar won the 2002 renewal, the third leg of seven consecutive Grp-1 victories that he accumulated during the course of his two and three-year-old campaigns. Although he has not scaled the same heights as a sire, he is a multiple Grp-1 producer nonetheless. His progeny have proven very popular on Race Horse Trader in recent times, and currently for sale by Rock of Gibraltar are the imposing Karl Burke-trained two-year-old Flames Of York and the consistent dual-purpose performer Maroc.

Footstepsinthesand: Another one of Aidan O'Brien's nine winners of the race, Footstepsinthesand only ever raced three times but was never beaten. A reliable stallion over a number of years now, we have for sale a highly promising colt out of the six-furlong two-year-old winner Omanome. Trained by Bryan Smart, this cracking youngster is a half-brother to the trainer's 2018 Weatherbys Super Sprint runner-up Moojim.

Sea The Stars: They have been running the 2,000 Guineas since 1809, but there can surely have been few better winners than Sea The Stars in all that time - and to think that Frankel emerged just two years later! Sea The Stars of course went on to win the Derby and Arc during a three-year-old campaign of unrivalled excellence, and he is now firmly established as a leading sire. Ironically, on RHT we have for sale two NH prospects by the sire, including the unraced Tim Vaughan trained three-year-old Hawa Bladi. A near relative of Sea The Stars' Oaks winning daughter Taghrooda, he looks a very exciting prospect for junior bumpers later in the year.

Makfi: Sandwiching Sea The Stars and Frankel in 2010 was the shock French winner Makfi, a 26,000gns Shadwell castoff who emerged from left field to triumph under Christophe Lemaire for trainer Mikel Delzangles. He would go on to confirm the success was no fluke by defeating the mighty Goldikova in the Prix Jacques le Marois, and he has sired the French 2,000 Guineas winner Make Believe since retiring to stud. On Race Horse Trader we have available for sale his four-year-old son Marble Bar. A two-time winner for Iain Jardine already this year, this tough and consistent performer can be purchased for £20,000 ONO.

Camelot: Camelot carried all before him during the 2012 season, before being controversially beaten by Encke when bidding to become the first male Triple Crown winner since Nijinsky in 1970. A son of Montjeu, he has made an excellent start to his stallion career, although he is proving more of an influence for stamina than speed. On RHT we have available for sale an attractive two-year-old filly out of a Dansili mare and the four-year-old hurdler Bossiney Bay, both of whom are by Camelot.

Dawn Approach: A remarkable career trajectory which began in the first Irish juvenile race of the 2012 season was highlighted by Dawn Approach's brilliant 2,000 Guineas victory a year later. Now establishing a fine reputation as a stallion (his son Madhmoon is a leading fancy to emulate his father this afternoon), we have available for sale the four-year-old filly Island View. Out of the Grp-1 winner Silca's Sister and from an exceptional family, it is rare for such exceptional breeding prospects to appear on the open market. The sire is also represented on the roster of the Hot To Trot lease deal which features six fillies in total.

Night of Thunder: Night of Thunder was an unconsidered 40/1 shot when racing to Guineas victory under Kieren Fallon, but there can be no doubting that he won one of the best renewals of the race in the modern era. His vanquished rivals included Kingman, Australia, Charm Spirit, Kingston Hill and The Grey Gatsby, and the son of Dubawi confirmed his status as a top-class miler by adding a Lockinge to his CV at four. He has created a real buzz in the auction ring this spring - two of his progeny went for 300,000gns or more at the Craven breeze-up sale - and on RHT shares are available in his promising two-year-old son Streak Lightning. Owned by Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds and trained by Mark Johnston, the colt is a sibling of a pair of stakes-performers and has a very exciting future.

 

 

Broodmare Sires On The March

Tuesday 17th April, 2019 - by Alex Mair

Breeze-Up season is in full flow, the Classic pretenders are emerging from winter hibernation and the pedigree gurus are scanning every maiden/novice in the calendar for clues as to the identity of the next first season sire sensation.

Just as important, if a little more under the radar, is the early scrimmaging amongst the emerging forces within the broodmare division. Although judging what is an 'emerging' damsire is an inexact science, as some stallions can virtually reach pensionable age before their daughters begin producing offspring in any great number, it is unquestionable that their merits form a critical part of the pedigree puzzle.

There are untold examples of a sire that failed to scale the heights as a primary producer who went on to reap a golden harvest as a broodmare sire. One of the most notable recent examples is Dubai Destination. The Queen Anne Stakes winner was an unheralded source as a stallion in his own right, with his covering fee down to just €3,500 by the time his first crop had turned five. Despite that, his daughters have produced a stream of top-class runners including Derby and Arc winner Golden Horn, dual Dubai World Cup victor Thunder Snow and four-time Grp-1 winning European Champion Postponed. His story underlines just how important it is to look beyond the obvious.

Early in the new season and plenty of fresh faces have emerged on the broodmare sire scene, some who have the potential to establish themselves as powerful forces within the division in the years to come. Even more excitingly, many are represented by affordable and promising descendants on Race Horse Trader.

Let's look at Sir Percy for starters. The 2006 Derby winner is not in the first flush of youth, but he enjoyed very little in the way of racecourse representation as a damsire until last year. As a decent sire of fillies - such as Grp-2 Park Hill Stakes heroine Alyssa, Grp-2 Lancashire Oaks victrix Lady Tiana, Grp-3 winner Alla Speranza, dual Listed scorer Coquet and Fillies' Mile fourth Salford Art, amongst others - it seemed an inevitability that he would make an impact at some point.

That view was emphatically underlined by the aforementioned Alla Speranza's son Shine So Bright storming to an impressive victory in the Listed European Free Handicap at the Craven meeting yesterday. Surely there will be many more pattern winners to emerge from this source in future, so take a look at the Hugo Palmer trained Hariboux - a two-year-old son of Havana Gold in whom affordable shares can still be purchased.

The 2003 French 2,000 Guineas winner Clodovil was foaled three years prior to Sir Percy, but has been an equally slow burn as a broodmare sire. The 108-rated handicapper Hawkesbury, now aged seven, was an early indicator of Clodovil's potential, but it took until last year and an increase in numbers before his daughters really produced anything of serious note. Young Rascal won three Grp-3s and ran in the Derby, whilst already this season Platinum Warrior has scooped the Grade-2 San Marcos Stakes in the US to highlight Clodovil's developing prowess. Two-year-old colts by Toronado and Finjaan are available for sale on RHT for those wishing to pursue this developing line.

A direct contemporary of Sir Percy's was the St James's Palace Stakes winner Excellent Art. Although exported to India very early in his covering career some years ago, his daughters have thrust the stallion back into the limelight this spring. Kynren was second in the Lincoln at Doncaster behind the impressive Auxerre, whilst The Revenant took his career record to six wins from eight starts in the Grp-3 Prix Edmond Blanc at Saint-Cloud in late March. On RHT we have for sale a fine-looking son of Mustajeeb out of a very well-bred Excellent Art mare.

Aqlaam was another sire who exited stage left rather early, though regrettably that was because he died young. However, from a handful of crops he forged a reputation as a tremendous influence for fillies. His best progeny include the Stewards' Cup and Grp-3 winner Dancing Star, the Grp-3 winner Moonee Valley and the Listed winner Fashion Queen, so it stands to reason that he will prove a useful influence as a broodmare sire. He has been represented by just a handful of runners to date, but they include the two-year-old George Cornelius who won on racecourse debut over five-furlongs by a scarcely believable 10-lengths earlier this month. We have for sale on RHT both a yearling filly and two-year-old colt out of Aqlaam mares. View them HERE

Added to these emerging forces, we also have for sale on RHT the progeny of some of the most prominent broodmare sires on the planet, such as Pivotal (Cracksman), Dansili (Expert Eye) and Street Sense (Roaring Lion).

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Let Race Horse Trader Fuel Grand National Dream

Saturday 6th April, 2019 - by Alex Mair

The Grand National is horse racing's ultimate dream, but any aspiration towards it is also surely its ultimate folly. To orienteer a path from foaling to the starting line of the most famous steeplechase in the world is the tantalising dream that motivates so many breeders and owners.

You may not instantly notice the parallels between the Grand National field and our young stock on offer when browsing their particulars on racehorsetrader.com, but dig a little deeper and you can connect the dots. We have scoured the racecard and noted quite a few National hopefuls with links to horses currently available #ForSale on RHT.

The dream of producing a Grand National winner is fantastic and outrageous in equal measures, but it can happen. Who knows, perhaps we are harbouring a future Grand National hero in our midst?!

Pleasant Company went within a whisker of providing the late, great Presenting with another Grand National victory 12 months ago, the sire having triumphed with Ballabriggs in 2011. A repeat dose could be achieved this year as Pleasant Company heads back to Aintree with a sporting chance, whilst Scottish National hero Joe Farrell and the Willie Mullins trained Up For Review add further strings to his bow. It is also worth noting that Presenting could be involved as a damsire, as his daughter Peggy Cullen is responsible for the well-fancied Rathvinden and another daughter Borleagh Princess produced the lively outsider Monbeg Notorious.

We cannot realistically propose that a future Grand National winner by Presenting is currently lying in wait on RHT, but you could take a look at his sons Jappeloup and Project Mars, who both retain potential at a lower level. Meanwhile Presenting's daughter Our Jess is also available for sale, and  rates a tremendous breeding prospect. 

Another doyen of the NH stallion ranks seeking to add to his Grand National record is Oscar. The stallion has produced Gold Cup winners, Champion Hurdle winners, Champion Chase winners and the like, whilst his names has been back in lights this season thanks to the wonderful exploits of Stayers' Hurdle hero Paisley Park. Yet the Grand National has eluded his progeny so far, despite Oscar Time finishing second in 2011 and Teaforthree finishing third two years later. Oscar could set the record straight with recent Cheltenham Festival third Lake View Lad today, and for fans of the sire browsing RHT, why not take a look at his promising broodmare daughter Eternal Leader - who is herself a close relation of the 2008 Grand National third Snowy Morning.

Other runners with near-relations on RHT include Ballyoptic, the classy Nigel Twiston-Davies trained chaser who has the talent to go well but possibly has to tidy up his jumping. He is a son of Old Vic, sire of the 2008 winner Comply Or Die and the 2010 runner-up Black Apalachi, whose daughter Miss Annabell is available for sale on RHT. Another runner trained by NTD is Go Conquer, a son of Arcadio, who rates a lively outsider. His sire is represented on RHT by Arcadian Pearl, a promising unraced four-year-old in training with Nicky Henderson.

Or how about cheering on the progeny of Beneficial? Another top-class NH sire, he has two squeaks in tomorrow's race thanks to Mala Beach and Livelovelaugh, whilst on RHT we are offering for sale his exciting son Top Decision, whose half-brother Top Ville Ben was a brilliant third in the Grade-1 Mildmay Novices' Chase just yesterday. A less exalted sire to have a sporting chance is Bach, who sadly died before his talents as a producer were fully realised. Despite that, his name could become immortal tomorrow if his son Captain Redbeard provides Scotland with a second success in three years, whilst on RHT we are delighted to offer for sale his son Ringrone Castle - a prolific winning pointer who has also scored under rules.

Midnight Legend is represented by the Paul Nicholls trained Warriors Tale in tomorrow's big race, who is a fairly big price, but will have his supporters. On RHT his exciting son Certainly Red was second on his recent bumper debut, whilst the unraced Bucko's Boy and the two-time winning chaser Chain Of Beacons might also interest fans of the late stallion.

One last horse worth noting on RHT with an interesting Grand National link is Buzz De Turcoing. An exciting ex-pointer in training with Sam Drinkwater, his sire might not have a runner in this year's National, but Maresca Sorrento will forever be remembered as the sire of 2014 Grand National hero Pineau De Re.

Or of course you could abandon the NH pedigree angle entirely in the search for a National winner and settle for a flat cast-off whose dam is a half-sister to a horse that finished second in a Grp-1 over seven-furlongs…it worked with Tiger Roll!

 

New Year, New Winners For Sale

Tuesday 15th January, 2019 - by Alex Mair

Were Race Horse Trader a tipping site, then December and the first half of January would have been an extremely profitable period! With several of our currently advertised horses in winning form, there has never been a better chance to dip your toe into ownership via our No.1 website.

Untitled Design (3)A whole host of horses that have been sold through Race Horse Trader in recent months have been making hay in recent weeks. Oliver's Island (pictured 1st), who was advertised last summer, scored on his fourth run for his new owners when delivering a thrilling 20/1 success in a Uttoxeter handicap hurdle on the final day of 2018, recouping virtually all of his purchase price in the process. In mid-summer Silent Steps was advertised by trainer Neil King as a well-handicapped prospect for the winter months, and duly delivered for new connections in a handicap chase at Southwell in early December. And Halle's Harbour, offered in affordable shares on RHT last spring, was a winner early in the New Year for Paul George and his team on the AW at Kempton.

But this is not just a case of after-timing. Read on to discover the recent winners that are still very much available on Race Horse Trader.

Nine shares remain available in Prestbury Racing Club's six-year-old gelding Top Decision  (pictured 2nd). Trained by Worcestershire-based Sam Drinkwater, you can indulge in shares in the recent Warwick novices' handicap hurdle winner for as little as £840. After just eight starts under rules, and as a half-brother to the 150-rated chaser Top Ville Ben, there is an awful lot to look forward to with this lad. Take a look at him in winning action HERE.

If you want a ready-made  chaser, then look no further than Emma Jane-Bishop's recent Bangor scorer Glance Back  (pictured 3rd). The son of Passing Glance took his form figures over fences to 31F21 with his victory on the 14th of December, displaying a tremendous attitude to make virtually all and stay on bravely in the closing stages. Owned in partnership by The Select Racing Club, you could become a member of the syndicate for a scarcely believable £229 (other share options are available). Similar comments apply to Kayley Woolacott's Goodgirlteresa  (pictured 4th). A 10% share in the recent Ffos Las handicap chase winner will cost you £1,000. A winner at just the third time of asking over the larger obstacles, there is an awful lot more to come.

It is not just under NH rules that RHT graduates have been excelling. Grange Park Racing's Ruth Carr-trained sprinter Tadaany  (pictured 5th). was a winner at Newcastle in December, just holding on in a desperate photo-finish. The handicapper could only nudge him up four pounds as a result, and he remains 30 pounds below his career-high mark. There are surely more races to be won with the seven-year-old son of Acclamation so, with all-inclusive shares starting at just £105, why not add him to your portfolio for the rest of the AW season?

Another recent AW winner currently available on RHT is Tough Remedy. The Keith Dalgleish trained miler notched up his fourth win in exactly 12 months when scoring at Newcastle on the 12th of January - and yet despite that shares remain available with Titanium Racing.

Or how about the Karinga Bay mare Wild Child Lucy, who is available for just £4,500? Her son Corrieben Reiver is making hay in the bumper division, the Alistair Whillans-trained five-year-old scoring with authority at Newcastle in mid-December, and following it up with a fine fourth at Ayr recently under a winner's penalty. This tremendous jumping prospect has the potential to boost his mother's reputation again in short order, so act fast whilst the mare remains available at such a bargain price!

Remarkable results from Kennet Valley recruits

Monday 26th November, 2018 - by Alex Mair

Untitled Design (2)The Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds syndicate, which has been operating with great success since 1988, last year advertised shares in a host of yearlings on Race Horse Trader. The subsequent racecourse results achieved by that crop of yearlings have been quite remarkable, and there is still the opportunity to join one of the KVT Syndicates for 2019 on RHT! 

Sir Busker (pictured top) won a Newbury maiden for William Knight before finishing second to the smart Chairmanoftheboard at Goodwood, whilst Mark Johnston's Derby entrant Persian Moon (pictured second) ascended to a rating of 102 with wins at Yarmouth, York and Epsom. He also finished a close-up third in the Grp-3 Acomb Stakes behind Phoenix of Spain - who would go on to miss out on Grp-1 honours by a whisker in the Verdem Futurity. Never out of the first four in seven starts, Persian Moon has earned syndicate members over £40,000 in prize money so far and looks a superb prospect for next year.

Andrew Balding's Flashcard (pictured bottom) would outstrip even those financial achievements, winning his first two starts at Salisbury, before collecting 57,000 in one hit when a narrow second in a valuable Sales race at The Curragh on Irish Champions weekend. In short, for a relatively modest outlay, KVT members and Race Horse Trader customers have enjoyed tremendous value for money.

The three yearlings currently advertised on Race Horse Trader look sure to add to the syndicate's laurels next season. They include a fabulously strong and athletic-looking colt that is a member of 2,000 Guineas winner Night of Thunder's first crop. In training with Mark Johnston, and  out of a mare that has a 100% runners to black-type performers record, find out more about him here: /horses-for-sale/yearlings/2017-colt-by-night-of-thunder-(ire)-ex-emreliya-(ire)/

Or why not consider this handsome son of Sir Prancealot, who is in training with Clive Cox and hails from the near family of the lightning fast juvenile and now sire Gutaifan?  The KVT team clearly rate the sire as Sir Busker, who was alluded to above, is also by the stallion.  /horses-for-sale/yearlings/2017-colt-by-sir-prancealot-(ire)-ex-silk-fan-(ire)/

The third KVT horse advertised on Race Horse Trader is a gorgeous chestnut Camacho filly, from a good black-type family. She is also notable for being the first horse trained for KVT by the Oxfordshire-based Eve Johnson Houghton. Eve and her team continue to go from strength to strength, posting more than 50 winners for the first time in 2017 and adding a first Grp-1 victory this term, thanks to the famous Queen Anne triumph of Accidental Agent at Royal Ascot. This exciting filly looks a sure bet to cement the new partnership with racecourse success next term. /horses-for-sale/yearlings/2017-filly-by-camacho-(gb)-ex-pashmina-(ire)/

The KVT consignment confirms that quality young stock is just waiting to be discovered on Race Horse Trader. Browse our current selection of yearlings now.

 

Plenty of availability from box office stallions

Wednesday 7th November, 2018 - by Alex Mair

The heady prices witnessed during sales season have been quite remarkable, and ensured that the vast majority of choicely-bred yearlings are only available to a select few shoppers. The million pound Galileo yearlings may have gone, but here we highlight a few Book 1 level stallions that are represented in various guises on Race Horse Trader.

Le Havre
French stallion sensation Le Havre was a box office hit at Tattersalls Book 1, his filly out of Blissful Beat selling for an eye-watering 850,000gns and his colt out of Stella Bellissima realising 150,000gns. The sire of Classic winners Avenir Certain and La Cressonniere, he commands a fee of 60,000 euro and yet on Race Horse Trader you can buy his two-year-old colt out of the Italian Listed winner Laguna Salada for just £25,000 ONO.

Dark Angel
Mares by Dark Angel are becoming more and more coveted. The super-sire now commands a covering fee of £85,000, a yearling filly of his recently sold for 600,000gns at Tatts Book 1, and his daughters Melesina, Darkanna and Perfect Angel have all sold for 290,000gns or more in the last year with a view to future breeding careers. Why not take a look at his winning three-year-old daughter Northern Angel here on Race Horse Trader? A speedy juvenile that won over six-furlongs last year, she is from a black-type family yet can be snapped up for just £5,000 plus VAT. In the past year broodmare prospect daughters of Dark Angel Rial and Racing Angel have both successfully sold on Race Horse Trader.

Kodiac
The prolific Kodiac is a sire for all seasons. He has made his name producing fast and early sorts - last year he broke the world record for number of individual two-year-old winners - yet earlier this month his son Best Solution won his third Grp-1 on of the year at a mile and a half by taking the Caulfield Cup in Australia. Several Kodiac's have sold on Race Horse Trader previously including Kodiac Pearl just recently; still up for grabs are his four-year-old breeding prospect daughter Tivra and  his winning three-year-old son Capla Demon.

Acclamation
Acclamation saw his progeny sell for as much as 350,000gns at Tattersalls Book 1 and yet the consistent sire has lots of representatives on Race Horse Trader. His profile as a broodmare sire was elevated by the success of Eqtidaar in the Grp-1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot - and we have for sale his gorgeous six-year-old daughter Inauguration, amongst several others.

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Galileo  / Sea The Stars
For those simply looking for a trendy name in the sire column, why not check out Shelford (pictured) -  a former 147-rated hurdler by the legendary Galileo? Or how about Sea's Aria - a daughter of the incomparable Sea The Stars who has won on the flat, over hurdles and placed over fences?! At Race Horse Trader we cater for every budget and need, and almost no stallion is out of reach!

 

Princess shows David and Paul the Way

Monday 15th October, 2018 - by Alex Mair

When first-time owner David Renfree was looking for a horse earlier this year, he stumbled upon Race Horse Trader. Before long he had found a four-year-old daughter of Zebedee called Princess Way, who was being advertised by Devon-based trainer Karen George to stay in the yard. Despite being a relatively lightly-raced dual winner, who was down to a very favourable handicap mark, she was offered for sale at an extremely attractive price. Soon the deal was done and the subsequent results have been quite remarkable.

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In early August the licence at Higher Eastington Stables was handed from Karen to her son Paul, who sent out an almost unthinkable 305-1 Lingfield double just days after saddling his first runners. The first leg, and therefore by extension Paul's first career winner, was brought up by none other than our very own Princess Way, who stayed on strongly to register her third career success. In two starts since she has added further victories at Ffos Las and Bath (pictured), showing an incredibly brave attitude to hold on in driving finishes. All three wins have been gained under talented apprentice Rhian Ingram.

For David Renfree it has been a thrilling journey and he is gushing in his praise of the filly: "She was the bargain of the year! She is such a genuine filly that tries her hardest in every race. She has been so consistent for us. Her only time out of the first four was when she was tripped coming out the stalls and fell on her nose! This is our first horse and to think we found Race Horse Trader by simply typing 'racehorses for sale' into Google!"

Such has been the last gasp nature of her wins that Princess Way has only been raised a total of 10lbs by the handicapper since her victory spree began, so the fairytale run of success for David might not be over just yet.  For a young trainer like Paul the filly has provided a fantastic showcase for his skills whilst his career remains in the embryonic stage. A former international show jumper, Paul and his mother Karen have been regular users of racehorse trader in recent years, and their success demonstrates how fertile the site can be for trainers wishing to advertise horses to remain in the yard, rather than just moving on stock that is surplus to requirements.

Paul comments: "Princess Way has been superb, and I'm lucky to have such a lovely group of owners, and staff supporting me. I have found a lot of my owners through Race Horse Trader and will be continuing to use the website in the future".

Princess Way GallopsThe videos below highlight the care and attention to detail that Paul puts into his training methods, the bond he has with his horses and the fun that can be had along the way.

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Should you wish to share in some of this success then why not take a look at the remaining horses that Paul George Racing has for sale on Racehorse Trader? You could think about taking a share in the well-handicapped Polly's Gold, or one of the few foals sired by former Gr.1 Haydock Sprint Cup winner G Force, or maybe this cracking grey son of Australian sire Sepoy.