From the immediate family of Champion Hurdle winners, MORLEY STREET and GRANVILLE AGAIN, you couldn’t possibly wish for a better, and more speedily bred pedigree, to send to the master of Seven Barrows. There are 7 Grade 1 winners, no less, in the immediate family, of this fabulous gelding, including Nicky’s Hersov, Almira and the Grade 1 winning, Ferny Hollow.
Never, in the history of MPR unraced horses, have we happened upon a horse, that Bloodstock agent David Minton, describes as his:“Pick of the sale."
This gelding, is the most expensive, unraced, progeny through the ring, EVER, of the young sire Universal, which really says something about the stamp of this individual. Universal’s eldest progeny are now just 5yo, but he’s a hugely exciting young sire, with a number of ‘future stars’ waiting in the wings. This gelding’s mare’s progeny are largely unraced, or lightly raced in bumpers to date, but they’ve raced in Listed races already and some are thoroughly exciting over hurdles as they progress through the ranks.
Perhaps the ‘piece de résistance’ though, for this horse, is when one takes a look at the cantering video of him, Nicky Henderson describes him, in this video, as having “quite a lot of sex appeal,” such is the way he covers the ground over the Seven Barrows’ hill. He’s quite the most fabulous mover you could EVER wish to see, which has prompted his £58,000 price tag, at the sales. He most definitely has the “X Factor,” in our opinion.
He’s a thoroughly exciting, unraced individual, of the like, we’ve never been able to bring to the MPR ranks before. He’s impressed ourselves, David Minton, but most of all, the master of Seven Barrows, Nicky Henderson.
Where he ends up, time will tell, hopefully, it’s up that Cheltenham hill, on more than one occasion!
See his walk and trot videos also in the gallery.
Pedigree update (21st February): His half-brother STONER’S CHOICE just placed 2nd in Ballymore Sidney Banks Listed hurdle, first time out this year, on the back of a hat-trick of wins as a 5 year old. He looks destined for even better things as he matures and ultimately goes chasing.