Roger Fell isn't a household name just yet, even in racing parlants, however in our opinion it won't be long before he is. Take our own Burnt Sugar for example, he has been a revelation since we moved him to Roger's yard. A simple change of scenery and a new way of doing things has brought him back to approaching his best and winning in excess of £100,000 for his owners in the process. If you visit the stables it takes around 2 minutes to spot how different the gallops are, which is one of the principle reasons why the whole place works.
Being shrewd in business has been Roger's lifeblood and he remains shrewd in his bloodstock acquisitions too. Each horse he buys, he purchases with the intention of keeping a share. He likes to think that he can buy, win and possibly trade if the opportunity arises. He backs any horse with his own pocket, not just his time and effort. So when we saw that Elusive Heights was on both MPR's and Roger's short list of horses to potentially buy from the recent Goffs Sale, we knew that Roger must have an eye on (a) being able to improve the horse's form and (b) that purchasing him would be a prudent investment with the possibility of a return.
A lightly raced winner of two races, placing 2nd four times, including twice at LISTED level, in the Carlingford Stakes and the Glencairn Stakes, Elusive Heights came recommended to Roger by connections who he knows well and having had the horse thoroughly checked over by both Roger and his veterinary team, we decided he was the horse from the Sale that we would like to take home. He came in "on budget" at €34,000 and we are thrilled to bring him back to Helmsley. He'll love the change of scene and there's every reason to believe that he oughtn't take too long to repay his purchase cost. A horse of his rating can win, on any number of occasions each season, pots varying from £10,000 to £100,000, so correctly placed, an in form Elusive Heights could prove quite lucrative.
We feel this horse can perform in excess of his 100 rating and he is capable of performing around a stone better than last time out. He acts on the all weather and on going from 'good' to 'soft' on the turf. We think he's a miler who just about gets a mile and a quarter and there are so many huge prize handicaps that are run over 1 mile or 1m1f at the big summer festivals; races like the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot, the Golden Mile at Goodwood, the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket and the £250,000 Balmoral Handicap again at Ascot.
He looks well bought, given his rating and being only a 5yo, he looks to be in great hands to bring out the best in him. It's distinctly possible that he will prove very effective in listed and Group 3 races should he first prove successful in one of the big race handicaps we've alluded to. We're already very much looking forward to 2018 with this very exciting acquisition.