At the sales we've been asked by several owners if we'd be interested in buying a 'staying' horse. At MPR we think one of the things we do well is to put the right horse with the correct trainer and that's why we've asked one of the best trainer of stayers in the country to look after this horse; none other than the legendary Sir Mark Prescott and the horse is a lovely big and scopey son of Archipenko.
The late stallion Archipenko was a very classy racehorse. He was a Group 1 winner along with five other Group victories. He also made a fantastic start to his career as a sire producing a Group 1 winner in the shape of Madame Chiang. He also has G2 and G3 winners and other black type performers to his name. Sir Mark has already had success with his progeny, including listed winner Time Warp. The dam is called Nezhenka whom Sir Mark trained to win, so his experience of the family should stand us in good stead. She comes from a very successful family with bold black type right through the pedigree and this is her second foal.
We purchased the horse at Tattersalls Book 2 for 42k from Miss Kirsten Rausing, who bred him. He was in fact the most expensive Archipenko of the sales season. As Miss Rausing is a long standing client of Sir Mark's, we feel we've got an incredible bargain and we know for a fact she was hoping to get in the region of 60k to 80k!
Timoshenko is just the perfect Sir Mark Prescott horse to be involved with. Having raced over significantly inadequate distances of ground where he has had little opportunity to show his wears represented part of the master plan; designed to procure a multiple winning racehorse during his 3yo career. The hard yards of prepping and handicapping this, now 3yo, reaped the rewards of our 2017 labour this year, with a marvellous five timer of wins!
Syndicate manager update: Timoshenko has been a real star for his owners; winning every single start and his trainer Sir Mark Prescott believes that the best is yet to come from him. He has the makings of being a real high quality staying horse, he already has a class 2 handicap under his belt and we have valuable handicaps in mind for him in 2019.