Nolton Cross

Trainer: Hugo Palmer Race type: Flat
Age: 3 yr old Description: Bay Gelding
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  • Monday
    28 Nov
    4:25 PM
    Nolton Cross Wolverhampton Flat
    Clifford Lee

Purchased from the Arqana Deauville Select Sale, this colt is by a sire who needs no introduction, in DARK ANGEL:

Dark Angel has firmly established himself at a sire who can produce absolutely top-class racehorses; Battaash, Harry Angel, Mecca’s Angel, Gutaifan, Lethal Force to name but a few. He’s even proving himself a very decent sire of sires should any of his progeny turn out sufficiently talented on the track. Furthermore, the stallion phenomenon GALILEO, who needs no introduction in that sphere, is, as his female progeny are becoming of a certain age, proving to be a sensational broodmare sire too. That really ought to be of little surprise, in actuality. So, imagine how thrilled we are, to have been able to secure, from Arqana, France’s Premier Yearling sale, this fabulously elegant son of DARK ANGEL, from the GALILEO mare PANDORA’S BOX. He’s only the 2nd foal from the mare, with the 1st foal being a 2yo currently, having cost 270,000gns just under a year ago. 

This colt hails from a family of 32 black type horses and Pandora’s Box, herself, was an unraced, full sister to the Group 1 placed, winning 2yo, ROBIN HOOD, who also placed at Group 2 level as a 2yo in the Beresford Stakes in Ireland. Our colt is quite regally bred and both in genes and looks, appears a 2nd half of the season 2yo for 2021 and who’ll shape up into a miler in time as a 3yo. His frame and his pedigree suggest his best years should be his 3yo and 4yo careers.

He looks cherry ripe for Hugo to prepare and build to a crescendo in his 3yo season, as he most certainly did with GALILEO GOLD, GIFTED MASTER, MOOTASADIR, KOROPICK, MENGLI KHAN and many many others, in Hugo’s relatively short career. 

We’ve been attending the Arqana Sales for a number of years and Haras des Capucines are one of the very best breeders and consignors at the sale. They prepare and present their horses to a very high standard. Their yearlings always gleam in their coats and move fantastically well, you can tell they’ve been very well cared for from birth to sale. 

This colt is the most fabulous mover you could wish to see with a super, elegant manner about him:

 Here's a video of him:

Racing Update: Always been held in pretty high regard at home. We’re led to believe he’s at least a top-class handicapper. Still seriously lightly raced and open to any amount of improvement. The form of his win is working out particularly well, it being franked, left, right and centre. Big, strapping sort who could sell very well abroad once his career over here is complete, however, in the meantime, there ought to be plenty of high-quality days at the races, for both he and his owners. TIMEFORM RATED: 85. His race entries/declarations will show on this page.


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