MALINAS gelding (Jumps)
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25% share available @ £23,886 upfront and £659 per month from 1st March 2018
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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. 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."
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.”
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
Latest Trainer Update (19th Feb'): He looked magnificent when we saw him at our owners visit yesterday (new photos added-jockey wearing the pale blue jacket) and he is certainly going the right way at this stage. He performed a piece of work in front of what would have been a daunting 70 or so people (video above) and he took this in his stride and completed it in a mature manner. He has been up the grass once so far and this is where all of Mr Hendersons horses do all of their serious work; he will have to go up there around another 3 times at what will likely be 10 day intervals. The team at Seven Barrows like this horse and think he is exactly what they had hoped he would be.
If all goes to plan, we should be set for one or two runs this season. He is obviously in the bumper at Newbury and this is a target we have half an eye on with him, we wouldn’t want to put a gun to his head to get him there, as this is a horse for the long term not just for now, but, it might just be a reachable target. We would have a better idea of a debut, barring any setbacks, in around 3 weeks’ time.
We fully appreciate that shares in our top quality, Nicky Henderson horses are quite expensive to purchase in the first instance, especially compared to some of our Flat horses where comparative sized shares can be around a quarter of the price of this gelding; however we would like to point out that the likely duration of this syndicate is a number of years, possibly up to 4 or 5 years with just the one, initial up front payment liable. A jumps horse at Nicky's Seven Barrows effectively has three careers, a National Hunt Flat (bumper) career, a hurdles career and a chase career. Our flat syndicates tend to run for a year or two and where each horse has just one career so we really think that although up front prices are not cheap, they do represent significant value compared to Flat racing. Furthermore, we'd like to point we have not compromised one iota in the purchase of this 3yo in an attempt to compete at the very highest level with Cheltenham aspirations firmly on our radar. Unfortunately in the last 15 years, the purchase of NH stock has become hugely expensive, but we are determined to bring our owners the very best chance possible to compete alongside National Hunt racing's elite. If the up front cost of purchasing a share is looking a tad prohibitive, we can spread the cost across the first 18 months of your ownership experience.