Park Hill Dancer
Here we have, as exciting an individual as we’re able to afford here at Middleham Park Racing. Jonbon was always destined to be a superstar, given his price tag of £570,000 following his debut P2P victory last year, but Nicky Henderson has also been able to purchase superstars on budgets just one notch down from Jonbon’s; notably Shishkin for £170,000 and Constitution Hill for £120,000, following their debut wins.
PARK HILL DANCER was a winner on debut of a P2P bumper, in December 2021, over 2 miles, beating a Trevor Hemmings horse impressively, into second, which was backed off the boards on the day, as if defeat was out of the question. The pair pulled well clear of the 3rd in the straight and very Interestingly, his division of the bumper was run in a time 7 seconds quicker than the second division. We’re hoping this currently unbeaten 5yo gelding, can develop into our next Marie’s Rock, or just possibly a Shishkin or a Constitution Hill.
Watch his P2P race win here:
Outstanding Pedigree - By the up and coming, German Derby winner Waldpark, whose oldest progeny are now 5yo, he a half-brother to the Grade 2 winner SONG FOR SOMEONE (check out his exciting pedigree attached to this page), so his profile looks immaculate. Just short of 16.2hh he looks destined, hopefully, for a stellar career under the second to none tutelage of the master of Seven Barrows, Nicky Henderson OBE.
Here he is trotting:
So, with a purchase valuation of £150,000, an impeccable race record and a top-notch pedigree, the sky could easily be the limit……Cheltenham or Aintree, here we come?
There’s no waiting around either, he’s already raced as recently as December and he’s raring to run again now, according to his current handler, Leslie Jefford. He has passed the 5* vetting he was given prior to our purchase and will arrive at Nicky’s Seven Barrows shortly. He can debut, under rules proper, just as soon as the formal registrations are complete.
He escapes a penalty in bumpers, having won a P2P bumper, so we’ll start him off in a bumper straight away. He’ll have two bumper runs this season and then on to one of the festivals, hopefully, for his second run. Whether the latter run is for a day out, or with a favourite’s chance, will be determined by his racecourse appearance. Hurdles and fences are his real future, but the speed he showed In winning his P2P bumper, demonstrates his high level of ability.
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Training Update (19th January): He has arrived at Seven Barrows and has settled in well to life at the historic yard. He’s had a few days just getting used to the gallops and to the string there and Nicky has been pleased with how he’s slotted into the team. He is just about now at the stage where we can think about getting him up the Farringdon Road grass gallops, weather permitting. This will provide Nicky with a good idea of where he is fitness wise and therefore a better idea of when we could be expecting to think about entries for him.