£775 per 5% share (+ training fees from 1st Sept 2020)
Category: Horses in training (NH)
Sire: SHANTOU (USA)
Dam: SPARKLING SWORD (GB)
Dam Sire: BROADSWORD (USA)
County: South Glamorgan
Pimlico Racing is run by bloodstock agent Nathaniel Barnett. The aim is to purchase sensibly-priced horses that have the potential to progress and to be competitive in the higher-grade races on Saturdays.
Our first horse, Blu Cavalier, was purchased for £6,000 and has since finished third in the prestigious Betfair Hurdle at Ascot, as well as winning a class 2 handicap hurdle at Doncaster in December.
Our latest recruit for Pimlico Racing is Connard, an impeccably-bred and lightly-raced seven year old gelding who looks a really exciting chasing prospect for the season ahead.
The horse passed his vetting in Ireland with flying colours (please see a video of him being lunged below) and arrived at Tim Vaughan's yard earlier this month. He has settled in really well and is now enjoying a short break in the paddocks before coming into training.
He is still a maiden (and can therefore run in novice races both over hurdles and fences), but has been given a mark of 120 by the British handicapper - so already enough to get in some nice races over here.
A €110,000 purchase as a store horse (and the second-most expensive horse sold at the prestigious Goffs Land Rover Sale that year), he is by one of the best sires around in Shantou and has an exceptional pedigree, being a full brother to Wounded Warrior (Grade 2 winner and Racing Post Rating 160) and Grade 3 winner Sword Of Destiny (RPR146), and half-brother to the smart The Kings Sword (RPR139).
Their dam was Graded-placed in bumper company, so it is a very smart page. As you would imagine given his sales price, he is an imposing and athletic individual with plenty of physical scope.
He has been with Arthur Moore for the duration of his career to date, including both starts in points. He has only had eight starts under rules and has shown plenty of ability, despite what the form figures might suggest! He was in the process of running very well when unseating on his first couple of starts over fences, but showed what he is capable of when third of 15 in a hot novice chase at Gowran Park last March.
He finished just 11 lengths off subsequent Irish Grand National winner Burrows Saint that day with the likes of Minellafordollars (RPR136) and Minella Fair (RPR147) in behind. The Racing Post commented
"Connard caught the eye staying on from behind...he travelled sweetly enough at the back of the leading pack as he winged four out before getting in a little tight to the third and second last, but he kept on nicely after the final fence to hit the frame."
If the change of scenery can get him back to that sort of form, which came just four runs ago, he could be a high-class performer for us and would have a lot of options in nice races this term.
THE TRAINER - TIM VAUGHAN
Based just outside Cowbridge, Tim trained his 800th winner earlier this year, 45 of them coming in the 2019/20 campaign. It is a wonderful place to have a horse in training and members are always welcome to go along and see their horse in action on the gallops. Tim has just completed a major revamp of the yard and is looking forward to showing everyone around when things get back to normal!
Incidentally, Tim has had prior success with a horse from this source, with £11,000 purchase Stewarts House going on to land both the Listed Lord Mildmay Chase and the prestigious Grand Sefton over the National fences at Aintree.
The cost of a share is as follows:
5%: £775 upfront followed by monthly payments of £125 from 1st Sept 2020
10% : £1550 upfront followed by monthly payments of £240 from 1st Sept 2020
20%: £3100 upfront followed by monthly payments of £450 from 1st Sept 2020
If you might be interested in taking a share or have any questions about Connard, please get in touch on 07890 672435 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org
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