MALINAS gelding (Jumps)
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MALINAS gelding (Jumps)
Newbury - Goffs UK Spring Sales Bumper
Here at Middleham Park Racing, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality bloodstock combined with the best value, so we went to the Goffs UK National Hunt Store sale and we believe that we have achieved this with our latest recruit to our string. We are delighted to secure this fantastic gelding by 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, (or ‘Minty’ to most). 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 debutante's by him win point-to-points recently."
In the Seven Barrows season preview book, Nicky has this to say about him: “He is another of a number of 3yo's that were bought for us to train by Malinas and he came from the Goffs May sale in Doncaster. 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, that I hope will come to hand after Christmas at least. He has a lot of quality, was great to break and is now having a short holiday before he comes in to begin his serious training. He is a really good individual that joins the MPR team and I think he looks a very exciting prospect.”
Latest Trainer Update (16th Oct): We saw him at our owners stable visit yesterday (new photos added above) and he looked great. He seems to have settled in really well to his new regime and we watched him cantering for a mile around the wexford sand ring with our older horses, behaving really well in front of our crowd of over 100 people. Nicky told us that he is very forward and doing a lot more other three year olds in the yard. You can see a short video of him cantering to the right.
We are delighted that Nicky has entered him for the valuable Goffs UK Spring Sales bumper race (shown above), which he qualifies for having been purchased from this sale. You can see the race-card here: https://www.racingpost.com/racecards/36/newbury/2018-03-24/684123