Hollow Tree (jumps)
We were absolutely thrilled to come away from the Goffs UK Spring Sale with nothing less than a Gr.1 winner.
Hollow Tree, the 5-time winning son of Beat Hollow, is to be added to our MPR Ireland string and will be trained by Gold Cup and Grand National winning trainer Gordon Elliott. Gordon trained a Grand National runner for MPR back in 2011, so it is fantastic to send him yet another class performer. The relatively lightly raced gelding was secured for what we feel is a great buy at £10,000.
With his Gr.1 win being over hurdles he can continue in this discipline however, we are excited about now looking forward to his chasing career, having only had the one start to date over the bigger obstacles. He has been schooled over the cross-country fences and we are told he took to the ditches and banks like a duck to water, so these unique cross country races, which Gordon does so well in, including this year’s Cheltenham Festival victory with the fantastic Cause of Causes, these races too could be on his agenda.
We feel a real edge to this gelding is his unexposed nature on the level, his last two runs on the flat were both winning ones, putting in a timeform rating of 93 and he looks open to plenty of improvement over the two-mile races on the flat. He could well follow in fellow MPR horse Junior’s hoof steps and take his owners to the staying handicaps at Royal Ascot.
We are delighted to be part of the ever-improving Elliott team, who have just celebrated saddling their 1,000th winner and very excited to have secured this top-class performer who still has lots of untapped potential in various disciplines.
We saw him in August at our owners stable visit we had with Gordon. He has done really well for his couple of month’s break after we bought him from the sales. Gordon says he has a lovely temperament, a great attitude and he is really pleased with him. He thinks he will be a really fun horse that we can mix and match what we do with him – whether that be on the flat, over hurdles, chasing or even the cross country races.
Latest Trainer Update: Gordon has been pleased with his runs for us so far, with two 2nd places and then a run where he got hampered and Davy looked after him coming home. He has jumped and travelled really nicely in his races and certainly looks to have retained all his enthusiasm for racing which is great to see. It will hopefully be Hollow Tree’s turn in the not too distant future!