National Hunt Is Back With A Bang
18th October 2018
Looks like we've got a very exciting National Hunt season in store for everyone connected with Team PRO. We've got a young new recruit to look forward to and also two impressive PRO winners looking set for good seasons ahead. We currently have the 3 NH horses in training, we have an un-named filly who's in training with Tim Vaughan, we've got Contre Tous who's based with Brian Ellison in Malton and last but definitely not least, we've got the Oliver Sherwood trained Versifier who's based in Lambourn.
Our NH season fully kicked off again on Tuesday 16th October, where the Oliver Sherwood trained Versifier headed to Hereford racecourse in search of an illusive maiden victory. She's had a rollercoaster of a career so far, with some good performances, but she's had a few issues along the way. She was found to have real trouble with her wind and subsequently had an operation at the start of 2018 to rectify this. She also was then found to have ulcers in her stomach, which again after some medication have gone. She's always been a well regarded mare by Oliver and his team, but we always felt she was massively underperforming from what she shows at home. As always we went there with a positive attitude and a fantastic bunch of owners graced the parade ring. She always gets huge support does Versifier and she's got an incredibly enthusiastic bunch of racing enthusiasts involved with her. I think it would be fair to say it felt like the shackles were broken when Versifier crossed the finishing line with her head in front. Jockey Leighton Aspell got it spot on with her on the day, he positioned her up with the pace, just behind/to the outside of the leader. Which ultimately gave her a great look at the hurdles and meant she wasn't being squeezed for room and bumped about. She jumped very fluently throughout the race, pinging some hurdles and gaining ground in the process. She took up the running just before 2 out and steadily began to pull away from the main pack. There were a couple in pursuit going into the final bend, but once she hit the straight, she found another gear and motored away in some style. She flew the final hurdle and went onto win by a solid 8 lengths... A magnificent performance. We'd like to thank all of her owners who have stuck by her and been very patient throughout her career thusfar. Also huge credit has to go to Oliver Sherwood and his incredible team for all of their persistance and hard work with her. That victory will have done her confidence the world of good and it will be very interesting to see where she ends up this season. She's an exciting prospect to be involved with and there are still shares available in her.
The next NH horse we're likely to see is our very talented 'Contre Tous'. He also had a mixed bag last season, he started very well finishing a close 3rd in a hot chase just behind two horses rated 135 and 144! He then reverted to hurdles where he won a nice novice race, then subsequently finished 3rd in his next race carrying a big weight. He struggled on his next two starts where he went back chasing, one was in a listed chase where he had a shocking run round, being taken wide the whole way round and he simply wasn't himself on his next start where he finished tailed off. He's been given a good break since then and is firing on all cylinders at home, it's going to be very exciting to see what he's really capable of this season. He's a horse of huge potential to run in big races and hopefully pick up a few nice prizes along the way, again shares are available in him, you don't want to miss out. He's got an entry pencilled in for Thursday 28th October, why not be there as an owner?
Finally we get to our newest recruit, a fantastic looking, un-named filly in training with Tim Vaughan. She's impeccably bred by 'BEAT HOLLOW' who you may recognise as being the sire of Willie Mullins' Group 1/Grade 1 winner 'Wicklow Brave' a quite unbelievable dual purpose horse. However that being said it's more of a fillies page, as the dam, Tramp Stamp, is a daughter of the champion sire King’s Theatre and was herself a very smart racemare, winning and placing in Grade 3 company. It is a fillies’ pedigree, with the girls beating the boys all the way back to a Yorkshire Oaks winner in the fourth dam. We're expecting her to make her bumper debut in a few weeks time which is very exciting, another promising factor is that she is a second foal being a half-sister to a five year old filly by Jeremy, who realised €44,000 as a store (having been a €14,500 foal) and made a winning debut in a bumper on her sole racecourse start to date. She has plenty of shares available, but they are being snapped up fast.
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