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. To date, he has raced over significantly inadequate distances of ground where he has had little opportunity to show his wears. This is certainly not by accident, it represents part of the master plan, designed to procure a multiple winning racehorse during his 3yo career (2018), affording owners numerous, fabulous days out at the races.furthermore, winning, staying 3yo's from the Sir Mark Prescott yard tend to attract a lot of interest at public auction in the October of their 3yo or 4yo year. The hard yards of prepping and handicapping this, now 3yo are now complete and his 2018 career, through to October should reap the rewards of our 2017 labour.
Sir Mark is delighted with the shape Timoshenko is in now. He describes him as "a big, strong individual, who looks to be more mature this year." Sir Mark is confident that the horse's mental attitude has more fortitude this time around and he hopes he has grown up. He will now be prepared for the turf season.