Cheltenham - Close Brothers Mares' Hurdle (Class 1) (GBB Race)
Goffs’ Land Rover Sale has been the best source of Cheltenham Festival winning store horses every year since 2014; most notably the Nicky Henderson trained Altior.
Since the BHA and the TBA have overhauled and vastly improved the mares’ programme, we have been keeping an eye out for the right mare to take advantage of these new races, better prize money and increased black type. As soon as we laid eyes on her we knew this 3 year old filly was the perfect addition to the Middleham Park and Seven Barrows’ string.
The Champion trainer NICKY HENDERSON was delighted that we secured her and asked if he could train her. There is arguably no finer trainer of mares than Nicky Henderson and this daughter of Milan was one he wanted to bring home. He said: “A wonderful looking mare who oozes quality. She has size and scope and will be effective in all three disciplines and looks like she will come to hand readily. She’s got a great black type pedigree and I couldn't be more delighted to train her.”
MILAN and FLEMENSFIRTH are two of the most influential active stallions (see the current Leading National Hunt stallion table in the 'Gallery') and you will note that their sire lines combine to produce this mare. She is out of the black type mare By The Hour (Flemensfirth) and is by Milan, the sire of Jezki, Darlan, Beat That, One For Arthur, Sizing Granite and the very exciting Santini, so he brings plenty of stamina to the party. Read about her sire here: https://coolmore.com/stallions/milan. By The Hour was a great race mare in her own right, winning 3 races and placing a further 5 times and was effective over both hurdles and fences. When her time comes, she will also be a very valuable addition to the paddocks as a broodmare providing her owners with a return on their investment.
There has recently been a new race for novice mares added to the Cheltenham Festival programme and this would very much be on her radar, as well as the all new mares card in April - also held at Cheltenham. Given her conformation, her pedigree and the new programme of black type races for her, we have done nothing short of steal her in the opinion of the ace bloodstock agent Anthony Bromley of Highflyer. (You can read the Twitter comments from Nicky's Assistant Trainer Toby Lawes and Highflyer Bloodstock in the gallery to the right).
We have been contacted by her breeders saying: "We have high hopes for her! She’s fond of the odd carrot too, best of luck and can’t wait to hear more about her,” so her new owners will need to take some when we visit Seven Barrows to see her!
*She made Timeform's '40 to follow for the 2019/2020 season.'