JEN'S BOY, by Malinas
Here at Middleham Park Racing, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality bloodstock combined with the best value. In doing so we attended the Goffs UK store sale with our agents Highflyer, a combination that has provided countless winners in the last few seasons but notably Yanworth was purchased from here. We are delighted to secure this fantastic son of the prolific sire MALINAS, out of the high quality producing mare Friendly Craic. We feel this gelding ticks all the boxes; a stunning looking individual, a fantastic mover and a pedigree to die for, what more could one want in a horse?
The most eye-catching aspect of this gelding has to be his pedigree; he is half-brother to not one but TWO Graded winning horses. A very high quality relative in Three Musketeers, (interestingly his trainer Dan Skelton was the under bidder), who won a Grade 2 over hurdles and was placed 3rd in a Grade 1 and also won The Grade 2 novice chase at Newbury. Another of his grade winning relatives, Royal Regatta was sold at this sale by the same vendors and went on to win his bumper, 2 hurdle races and secured 7 victories over fences including the Grade 2 Stella Artois Chase at Ascot and placing 3rd twice in the Grade 1 Betfair Ascot Chase. We can see no reason as to why our lad won’t be adding to the mares already fine record with her progeny. “There is no finer specimen at this sale” says Champion trainer Nicky Henderson whose Seven Barrow’s training yard this gelding will be heading to.
A strapping, loose moving type who simply oozes quality. At 16’1 ½ high “He will easily jump a fence in time but has enough quality about him to be a high-quality hurdler along the way” explains Highflyer's David Minton. A better moving horse there was not at the sale, a lovely, easy, free way of going about his business and covering vast quantity of ground with each of his strides. The Racing Post reported in the post-sale report: Highflyer’s first significant play came for the son of Malinas out of Friendly Craic, with a bid from David Minton to see off under bidder Ryan Mahon, stood with Dan Skelton. Skelton’s interest in this gelding looks noteworthy, as he trains one of his three winning half-brothers, the talented Three Musketeers. “He’s been bought for Middleham Park,” revealed Minton, who was accompanied by the syndicate’s Bloodstock and National Hunt manager Tom Palin. “He’ll go to Nicky Henderson. He’s got a great page, and with the way Middleham Park run their syndicates that’s important. Malinas is doing really well - I’m very sweet on him. I’ve had a couple of debutantes by him win point-to-points recently."
Nicky says this about him: “He comes from a very smart family, being a half-brother to Royal Regatta and Three Musketeers and although these were true chasers themselves, he looks a mature and athletic individual, I think he looks a very exciting prospect.”
Trainer Update: (17th May) He has had 2 runs in bumpers, taking a huge step forward in his second race, having clearly learned a lot from his debut. He was just denied on the line and by "a nose" - the narrowest of margins! These two runs were the perfect education for him and he goes off on his summer holidays an exciting prospect for next season, likely to be immediately novice hurdling.