We have enjoyed a lot of success when purchasing very lightly raced horses from big training yards, given they have to sell numerous horses each and every year to make way for the new cohort of yearlings. Just occasionally, lightly raced horses who have shown form on the track, but not quite enough form to convince their current owner and trainer that they could prove able to win big races, slip through the big yard net. Previous examples of our inexpensive, lightly raced horse purchases from big yards are Tawdeea (11,000gns from Hamdan Al Maktoum) who subsequently won 4 races for us and £117,275 including the prestigious Old Newton Cup at Haydock. G Force (25,000gns from Richard Hannon) who won 3 races for us, including the Group 1 Haydock Park Cup and was crowned Champion 3yo Sprinter of 2014 and the wonderful 7-time winner and Carlisle Bell record time hero Waarif (23,000gns from Hamdan Al Maktoum).
David O'Meara has made a career out of training horses, seemingly past their sell by dates at big yards. He trained all three of the horses quoted above as well as Penitent for us, who we purchased for 40,000gns from William Haggas and Cheveley Park, who went on to win two Group 2's and be placed 2nd in the Group 1 Prix de la Forêt, at Longchamp on Arc Day.
We have a rich history of selecting horses wisely from the Horses-in-Training sales and then seeing them perform on the highest of stages, on Saturdays in big races and there's plenty more to come from this previously Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum/Godolphin owned gelding.
Racing Update: He’s become a David O’Meara and MPR stalwart, winning 6 races for us. He pretty much pays for himself every season, either literally, or in kind. 7f and a mile, held up for a late run, off a strong pace, suits him perfectly. There’s plenty more wins to come, God willing. TIMEFORM RATED: 87. His race entries/declarations will show on this page.
Here he is winning at Ayr in July: https://www.racingtv.com/videos/watch/horse_racing_replays/400780-staycations-at-western-house-hotel-handicap-5