He's a half-brother to a horse who was rated 116. The dam is a proven source of quality, Group 2 quality in fact, in the form of Dark Islander. He improved to his rating of 116 through his 4yo and 5yo seasons so we'd very much anticipate Kupa River continuing to improve in the fashion of his elder sibling. The most recent of our Horses in Training success stories is Burnt Sugar, also trained by Roger. He has been a revelation since we moved him to Roger's.
If you visit the stables at Roger's it takes around 2 minutes to spot how different the gallops are, which is one of the principal reasons why the whole place works. Roger Fell isn't a household name just yet, even in racing circles, however in our opinion it won't be long before he is. Having made considerable money from haulage logistics, Roger set up in partnership with David O’Meara in 2010 from his Helmsley yard near York and all David O’Meara's early successes, Penitent, Bajan Blue, G Force, Mondialiste etc etc were trained from there. In the first half of this decade the partnership of Roger and David churned out winner after winner including many Group performers; it was probably the north's biggest success story of the decade. Helmsley can cater for up to 80 horses maximum and such was the success that they were sharing, David felt he wanted to train bigger numbers to develop the success still further. David and Roger looked a number of places to buy, but they never quite found the right one and Roger didn't really want to risk taking on a new, risky project at an unknown facility with new gallops to learn etc so Roger decided to stay put at Helmsley as David branched out to new premises. Helmsley worked for David and Roger, it works for Roger and Helmsley works for us; it has unique gallops and horses not only get a change of scenery when they arrive, but they also get a new routine, a new way of doing things.
Syndicate manager update (April 2020): 'Kupa' is a consistent northern handicapper, who runs every 10 days, throughout the year. He wins his fair share of races and always gives a good account of himself, even in defeat. Probably best on a turning 7f, he’s a real fun horse for a real fun trainer.
Here he is on the gallops (in front):