The purchase of Urban Soldier, at €28k. was our very first ‘store horse’ with Champion Trainer, Paul Nicholls OBE. We’ve had a fair bit of success with Paul with our French, horses in training, imports, notably Red Risk and Oleg, but we thought the excitement of purchasing a horse where we can all be in from the start, to include naming and nurturing him to the track, was too great a temptation to resist!
Paul is renowned and revered for his big, strapping chasers, the list of which is too endless to even begin to cite, so we thought a lovely, chasing type of store horse would be the very best place to start.
By the rising star SOLDIER OF FORTUNE, he stands at a mighty 16.3hh, but you’d never guess that, given the way he moves and conducts himself, he’s so easy in the eye and so very fluent in his gaits. We think you’d struggle to find a more imposing individual than this fellow and given he hails from a family packed with Grade 1 & Grade 2 performers, you could be forgiven for beginning to dream of Cheltenham glory, as his career builds towards a Chasing crescendo. Read about his sire here: https://coolmore.com/stallions/soldier-of-fortune
He was purchased for us, by ace Bloodstock Agents, Peter and Ross Doyle who have bought the likes of LOSTINTRANSLATION and THE BIG GETAWAY.
Physically and genetically, you get a lot of bang for your bucks with this impressive individual and his size and scope says "chaser" all day long.
See his profile video here:
Some of the strides he is seeing in the schooling ring are breath-taking. He is the proverbial chaser in the making, but that won’t mean that he won’t give us a lot of fun in the lead up to that career.....
As you can see from the videos above and in the gallery, he’s a natural at the jumping game. He’s a big, athletic horse with bags of scope physically and Paul gave him the time he needed to fill out his big frame.
Lovely chaser in the making. We’re still working out what his best trip is.