The MPR and Richard Fahey 2-year-old success story!
We have a superb record with our juveniles trained by Richard. His is our only trainer who has sent 2-year old’s that we have purchased as yearlings, to race at Royal Ascot – every year since 2017! Simmy’s Copshop, Ninetythreetwenty and Ventura Rebel are these trailblazers and we think our new purchases are a step up again in quality.
The owners of Ninetythreetwenty and Ventura Rebel accepted multiple six figure offers for both these 2-year olds and consequently earned a fantastic profit, so we do know how to buy a talented yearling for Mr Fahey to train. Listed and Group winning fillies Sandiva and Lily's Angel were also superstars for us trained at Musley Bank.
Our 2019 Ripon, Hornblower Conditions race winner, Ventura Lightning (OR 100), bought in 2019 as a breeze-up colt, is one to look forward to back on the turf this season too, so who will be this year’s Musley Bank Royal Ascot contenders?
Purchased at the prestigious Tattersalls Book 1 Sale, this colt is by SHOWCASING: https://www.whitsburymanorstud.co.uk/showcasemain.html.
This is the Premier yearling Sale in Europe each sales season and takes place at Park Paddocks, Newmarket, during the first week of October. The Book 1 catalogue as it is known, is filled with European Breeders’ choicest individuals. For us to be able to secure this fabulous son of the most exciting sire of his generation, SHOWCASING, means we are tapping into the very best genes around; genes that include the Champion sprinter ERTIJAAL, RIVER MEMORIES and the grand dam of this colt, the Nell Gwyn winner MISTERAH. The whole family is blessed with speed, but blessed with precocious, 2yo speed!
Having won the Woodcote Stakes at the Epsom Derby Meeting in 2017, with our son of Showcasing, De Bruyne Horse, we feel this colt in particular represents, at this early stage, our best opportunity to win the race again before, potentially heading off to Royal Ascot. In addition, this colt is also reminiscent of the above mentioned VENTURA REBEL, who lowered the colours of Wesley Ward’s Lady Pauline on Royal Ascot Trials’ day at the Berkshire track in May. He went on to place 2nd in the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes, on his next start. This loose moving, and particularly well put together colt, ticks all the same boxes, that were ticked by both De Bruyne Horse and Ventura Rebel, in our opinion.
Furthermore, he qualifies for the highly lucrative, £25,000 'Tattersalls Book 1 bonus,' alongside his qualification for the 'Plus 10 Bonus' scheme too. This means, that should he win a Class 4 Maiden or Novice in 2020, then, on top of his regulation prize money allocation of roughly £5000, a further £35,000 in bonuses will be paid to bolster his owners’ returns. It’s one of the advantages of buying a Plus 10 registered horse from the Premier European Sales house’s, Book 1 catalogue. Earning £40,000 in one fell swoop, for winning just a normal race, is a hugely enticing incentive to help convince anyone one jump aboard. We know for a fact, these lucrative bonuses influence, consistently, our selection and bidding processes.
The provenance of this colt is enhanced still further, by the fact that we purchased him from Redpender Stud, the team, from whom, we purchased our 2013 Champion European 2yo TOORMORE. People often allude to the fact that a horse’s pedigree starts right at the top of the page i.e. with the consignors themselves. It’s an adage, we agree wholeheartedly with; we know the horses from Redpender have been afforded the very best of care from birth, through to sale.
We’ve had to dig mighty deep to secure this colt, by the same sire as Advertise, Quiet Reflection and many many more, for 85,000gns, but we very much pray, that it’s money well spent; hopefully beginning with a £40,000 maiden race victory, right through to competing at one of the 2020 festival showpieces, ‘showcasing’ his talents. Can we dare to dream?
He has been broken in at the same livery yard, we used to break in the above mentioned VENTURA REBEL last year and NINETYTHREETWENTY the previous year, so there’s every reason to hope that this colt can follow in their illustrious hoof-steps.
Please see videos of him in the gallery.
Trainer Update (5th May): He continues to go nicely at home, and we are just simply waiting for the resumption of racing and then we will give him a couple of pieces of work, he should then be ready to enter up, for such a scopey horse he looks to be rather forward. Richard is very happy with what he is seeing from him and he looks to be living up to the price tag at this stage - full of quality and he really is a very nice colt and one to look forward to when we get racing again.
Here's an update on Ventura Mutiny from Richard, both on the gallops (he is behind the lead horse) and walking home from exercise: