The seven-year-old Yeats
mare Princess Avery is offered for
sale, primarily with a career as a broodmare in mind.
Princess Avery has proven herself to be a talented and
consistent mare since making her debut under rules at Kelso in
She showed progressive form in four subsequent appearances,
culminating in an impressive victory in a two-and-a-half mile
novices' handicap hurdle at Newcastle last month. The form has a
strong look to it, with the fourth home Shady
Character having already won since at
Unfortunately, Princess Avery suffered a very small core
lesion to a tendon and would require a year off to go back into
training, though she is perfectly fit for breeding.
Her pedigree details certainly indicate a bright future as a
broodmare awaits. She is a half-sister to a pair of NH winners,
notably the six-time hurdles winner Towering.
Their dam was an unraced full-sister to the classy 146-rated
hurdler Staying Article and a
half-sister to the Grade-2 placed novice
This brings us neatly on to Princess Avery's sire, as Mossback
was another progeny of the great Yeats.
An outstanding four-time winner of the Ascot Gold Cup during
his racing days, the Coolmore
sire has well and truly established himself in the upper echelons
of the NH stallion table in recent seasons. He enjoyed a stunning
four-timer at the Cheltenham festival last month, thanks to the
Grade-1 Stayers Hurdle win of Flooring
Porter, the Grade-1 Marsh Novices' Chase victory
of Chantry House, plus two wins for his
daughters thanks to the all-the-way Coral Cup blitz
of Heaven Help Us and the Lazarus-like
last-to-first success of Mount Ida in
the Kim Muir.
Great encouragement can also be taken from his early runners
in the broodmare sire division, as he has already been represented
by the debut bumper winners Famous
Saying and Petrossian.
There is every chance that Yeats can develop into a highly
sought-after NH broodmare sire, and Princess Avery presents
breeders with an opportunity to purchase one of his winning
daughters, with excellent breeding credentials, in a very