We couldn’t be more delighted than to announce the arrival in Great Britain, of the most recent addition to our Paul Nicholls National Hunt team, in the potentially top class 4yo prospect, RED RISK. Last time out he won his Novice Chase at Auteuil (the 'Cheltenham' of France) by an impressive 4 lengths, sauntering clear from the last, winning eased down in the end. Rarely does any horse win by 4 lengths at a track like Auteuil, but such was this 4yo’s authority that day, that with the assistance of ace French agents Peter and Toby Jones, we’ve been lucky enough to swoop to acquire him and bring him to Ditcheat, for our Middleham Park Racing owners to enjoy.
The sky really is the limit for this thoroughly unexposed 4yo son of the up and coming French jumps stallion, No Risk At All: http://reboursiere-montaigu.com/no-risk-at-all/?lang=en. Red Risk has already earned a rating equivalent to approximately 140, from his Novice Chase victory and he could easily, as novices do, improve a further two stone, with more experience and under Paul’s expert guidance. Paul’s French imports just seem to improve, year on year, as he gets to know them better; the French pedigrees seem to particularly suit Paul’s method of training. Even with no improvement at all, Red Risk has a rating that’s of sufficient gravitas, to warrant a place in any top-class handicaps there are out there.
His form to date has been over distances of around 2 miles 2 furlongs, but he’s bred to get further in time, especially over fences. If he ended up being the next Frodon, who himself, was purchased, having won at Auteuil, we wouldn’t be surprised at all. They have very similar profiles indeed, at comparative stages of their careers. He’s almost 16.2 hands high, so is a very sizeable individual who has such scope at his fences - watch the two videos of his wins at Auteuil in the gallery. In his impressive victory on 11th September 2019, he stalks the pace, is produced to lead at the last and stretches clear on the run in, to put a strong Auteuil novice field, to bed.
Still hugely unexposed, surely Spring festivals will be on this horse’s agenda, and given that he goes on any ground, it wouldn’t matter how the underfoot conditions were, on the day. He offers owners the perfect opportunity to hit the ground running, with no waiting for a store horse to mature.
Trainer update: He’s thriving, since arriving at Paul’s Ditcheat base. James Reveley (the top French jockey, who has ridden Red Risk in some of his races over hurdles) rang our purchasing agent, Toby Jones, at the weekend to say he was amazed at how cheaply we’d managed to buy Red Risk. He was sold at the Osarus sale, without reserve, as part of a dispersal sale from the owner. There’s often a bargain or two to be had at any dispersal sale, where the vendor has no interesting in retaining ownership, they’re simply concerned with realising funds from the sale of a string of assets. Red Risk was first flagged up to us by Toby, immediately following his impressive Auteuil win and given he was entered for the sale, the purchase of Red Risk, was then, simply a case of being in the right place at the right time for us.
Esprit Du Large, by No Risk At All, wins the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices' Chase at Sandown.
Epatante, also by the sire wins the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day