Category: Horses in training (NH)
Sire: NATHANIEL (IRE)
Dam: VEENWOUDEN (GB)
Dam Sire: DESERT PRINCE (IRE)
County: North Yorkshire
The Micky Hammond-trained six-year-old mare Fortia is offered for sale. She has thrilled Micky since joining the yard, has thrived for a break at grass and is now back in galloping work.
A daughter of Enable's sire Nathaniel, Fortia was sparingly raced for previous trainers. She ran a couple of times at two, and later placed over a mile and a half on the flat as a three-year-old. However, her profile always suggested she would improve for going jumping, and so it has proved.
She went within a neck of winning at Worcester just over a year ago, on just her second hurdles outing, and was then a good third at Newton Abbot the time after. She earned an opening mark of 106 after these efforts, but a handful of slightly below-par runs in the meantime have seen her rating reduced to just 94.
She now looks very well-handicapped, particularly as she has continued to develop since joining Micky and his team. She is now mentally and physically ready to crack on with, and her best days surely lie ahead of her.
This view is backed up by her classy pedigree. Her dam Veenwouden was placed in the Grp-3 Jockey Club Cup over two miles and has gone on to produce four winners including the Grade-3 placed hurdler Hurricane Hollow. There are numerous stakes performers in the near family, including the US Grade-1 winner Glorious Empire.
Clearly Fortia is bred to improve well beyond her current rating, and the early signs are that a switch to Micky Hammond's Middleham base will do the trick.
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