PRESENTING ex WESTERN FOCUS gelding
*Qualified for the €100,000 Tattersalls Ireland Sales Bumper.*
We’d headed to the 2019 Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale, expecting to purchase just one unraced 3yo, however, so impressed were the team, including Highflyer’s Anthony Bromley and Nicky Henderson himself, with this gelding, we felt we really ought to extent our purchases to two; we were determined not to leave him behind. Furthermore, we were pleasantly surprised to secure him for €40,000, he looked a bargain at the time and we remain firmly of that opinion, following his Summer, settling in. Nicky is thrilled that we have him on board our Seven Barrows team for 2019/2020.
The late sire Presenting is as influential a National Hunt stallion as there has been in the last dozen years; he churns out winner after winner, day in, day out. He has produced a whole host of top class winners too, most notably Denman, Yorkhill, War Of Attrition, Ballabriggs, On His Own, First Lieutenant, to name but a few. So when we happened to locate at the Premier Store Sale, The Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale, the most attractive and loose moving individual, by this legendary sire, we had to take him most seriously and put him high on our list of potential acquisitions. At €40,000, he represents fantastic value, given his great presence and pedigree; he’s from the family of both Cheltenham and Leopardstown festival performers no less.
He looks the sort of individual who could come to hand quite quickly, for a bumper campaign. For all that it would be a pleasant surprise to see him debut this side of Christmas, you wouldn’t totally rule it out. It’s more likely he’ll race in the late Winter or early Spring, once or twice. Our record, recently, with 3yo store purchases is virtually impeccable, with the last three individuals, all winning their bumper for us, under the maestro of Seven Barrows’ tutelage. We see no reason why this fabulous son of Presenting, should prove any different.
Our three, most recent “Store purchases” for Nicky Henderson to train, from Ireland, have all won on their debut for us (El Kaldoun, Marie’s Rock and Father John) and we see no reason why this son of the mighty Presenting won’t continue this tradition! He’s a potentially top-class prospect in the making.
Please see his walk and profile on the attached video. Nicky published his 2019/20 Season Previews for all of his Seven Barrows inmates. Read what he says about this son of Presenting in the gallery. He also gets a mention in Nicky's November 'Racing Post Stable Tour' and we have added a screenshot of that in the gallery.
Trainer Update (3rd February): A second update received from Nicky, which once again tells us that this horse is responding very well to the Seven Barrows regime! Nicky has begun to 'push a few buttons' in his work and we are pleased to report that he is taking this very well. This would be the fastest or most intense thing that he would have been asked by a rider in his development and to find that he has indeed gone forward and shown that he has ability and an engine is exciting.
Nicky has been delighted with what he has seen and thinks that he is towards the top of his '4 year old gelding' pecking order. He has a lovely outlook on life and he will of course be seen to his brilliant best when we go chasing with him, but you’d be pressed to bet against him running in and winning a bumper (3 out of our last 4 bumper runners won on debut) this season.
An exciting horse by the brilliant Presenting and looking to be a precocious one at that.