By The Grace
By The Grace
Newbury - Goffs UK Bumper (An Open National Hunt Flat Race) (Category 1) (GBB Race)
By the exciting BLUE BRESIL, the sire of CONSTITUTION HILL, this filly joins NICKY HENDERSON OBE. Could she be our next MARIE'S ROCK?
This filly is the same cross as CONSTITUTION HILL being by Blue Bresil out of a King’s Theatre mare, meaning that 3 of her 4 grandparents are identical to those of Nicky Henderson’s Constitution Hill. A proven gene pool, of the highest order.
Given the exploits of our dual Grade 1, Cheltenham and Punchestown Festivals winning mare Marie’s Rock, we thought it rather apt to attempt to replicate proceedings. So, we charged top bloodstock agent Anthony Bromley, of Highflyer & Nicky Henderson to find us “The Queen of the Sale” at the Goffs Uk Store Sale, where over 300 unraced 3yo 'Store horses' were presented.
Following 2 days of searching and an almost endless number of viewings, we drew up a very short, short list of 1. Our nap of all the fillies in the sale and as a result we decided to target her exclusively. We were determined to get the one we wanted, rather than any pale imitation. There’s a saying at the sales, “buy the ones you want, not the ones you are left with” and that’s what we’ve done! You don’t have to take our word for it though, because the market wholeheartedly agreed with our opinion. At £68,000 (before sales’ house and agent’s commissions) she was the most expensive filly on the day, thoroughly deserving the title of “The Queen of the Sale.”
See her walk and profile video here:
She moves with sumptuous ease and covers more ground than any other horse we were able to view all week. She’s just the perfect combination of athletic, yet elegant, with strength, fluidity and power. You can’t fault her physiology. She stands at just over 16.1hh so wouldn’t be guaranteed to jump a fence, but we’re actually “all in” on trying to find a top top class Mares’ Hurdle winner. If you’re the best in the business at that game, you don’t need fences, Champion Hurdles and Mares’ Champion Hurdles remain the target.
On top of all these 'ticks in boxes', she is 100% GBB Bonus qualified too! Hear more here:
and visit their website for further information.
We’re sure we’ve hit the bullseye with our purchasing policy, the underbidders were the super shrewd judges Lucinda Russell and Peter Scudamore, purchasers of Grade 1 winner Ahoy Senor, and the remainder of this filly’s story will pan out on the track, in due course.
Wouldn’t it be so exciting to be part of that journey? The opportunity is there for you, of course!
Racing Update: She is entered for the new £100,000 Spring Sale Bumper at Newbury, in March. This is the world’s richest bumper!
In Nicky's October Racing Post Stable Tour, he says: "Middleham Park also have a three-year-old Blue Bresil filly, who is bred on the same cross as Constitution Hill as she's out of a King's Theatre mare, while they've got an athletic Jukebox Jury gelding and a super Sholokhov to look forward to as well."
Training Update: After having some well deserved R&R at grass this summer and pre training exercise, with Nicky Tinkler - who we send all our NH horses too each year (this is the same programme that Marie's Rock did before her debut!) she will be grouped with all the unraced youngsters, ready to be given the maestro's education at Seven Barrows. We have added a video of her exercising in the gallery and some new photos.