We purchased the thoroughly unexposed gelding TIMOTEO, from The Goffs Uk Summer Sale. His purchase is rather reminiscent of that of our fantastic Royal Ascot and Cheltenham festival winner JUNIOR. We purchased him as a very unexposed 7yo chaser in 2010, also from the Alan King yard, for £35,000; the precise purchase price of this horse. Timoteo’s profile has many similarities to that of Junior and also to Doctor Phoenix, also a purchase from the Goffs Uk summer sale, who, once sweetened up, was seen winning graded chases and competing at Grade 1 level.
His campaign will essentially be the Doctor Phoenix route. The graded chases in Ireland contain fabulous prizes money and are usually only contested by 4 or 5 runners - such races carry around €59,000 to the winner. He could easily end up a Cheltenham and Aintree Festival horse. We should have a good bit of fun with him and there is a lot of prize money in Ireland for the 2mile/2m 2 chases.
The previous owners of this horse, the 'Million In Mind Partnership', have it written into their rules that horses are sold at the end of the season; so this horse had to go the the sales this summer. The partnership manager is our good friend Anthony Bromley, of Highflyer Bloodstock, who buys our National Hunt horses for Nicky Henderson OBE. He firmly recommended Timoteo to us, explaining that his last two runs in the Autumn of 2019 were on ground that was too soft, and at a time when the Alan King horses were just a little below par. Then, just when the ground had dried up in the Spring of 2020, he was bouncing and ready to run, when racing closed down due to Covid-19.
Anthony describes Timoteo as “well handicapped over fences”, so there should be plenty more to come in that sphere alone. Timoteo is still a maiden, and thoroughly unexposed over hurdles and he could look ridiculously well handicapped on the Flat too.
Watch the full race replay from his Kempton win here: https://www.racingtv.com/videos/watch/horse_racing_replays/215822-get-switched-on-with-matchbook-chase-novices-limited-handicap-3
and here is his 13 length Chase debut win at Stratford, 5 days earlier: https://www.racingtv.com/videos/watch/horse_racing_replays/215154-free-bet-every-race-at-cheltenham-betvictor-chase-novices-limited-handicap-4
See a video update here: