Our Winter team of horses have got off to a great start. Audacious Plan followed up his Huntingdon win 4 weeks ago by winning the prestigious Durham National at Sedgefield on Thursday of last week.
The Durham National is a £30,000 race. It was a fabulous win, the Audacious Plan owners had a brilliant day. The horse cost just £8500 and he’s already won owners over £25,000 in prize money. AP will go for the £150,000 Bet 365 Gold Cup at Sandown. This was our 3rd big win and our 10th winner of 2017.
We spend a huge of amount of time studying the sales, no stone is left unturned when we buy a horse. We don’t just hand trainer’s money and let them find something for us.
After a good amount of searching over the past 3 months, I’m pleased to say I purchased a lovely young horse on Friday “Newmarket sales” that looks ideal to go into training with Alastair Ralph. I’ve been very keen to add Alastair to our training ranks for some time, I’m very confident he’s going to become a familiar name in National Hunt Racing.
The new horse is called Broughtons Admiral. Firstly an introduction about Alastair Ralph, our new trainer.
Alastair’s family have always been involved in horse racing and Alastair picked up the bug from a young age. After leaving school, Alastair rode out for Michael Scudamore before moving to Ditcheat and working for Paul Nicholls. Alastair’s parents have been long term friends with Dr Richard Newland, so the next logical step was to work and ride out for Dr Newland. During this time Alastair completed his BHA courses and was offered the job of assistant trainer to Henry Daly. Five seasons was spent working for Mr Daly.
Alastair started training on his own in 2013, he started in the UK P2P field where he made an immediate impact. His first runner under rules came in 2015, followed by his first winner coming just a few months later. Alastair is still involved in P2P racing but is making the transition to under rules.
His results so far are very impressive and have come from just 8 horses in training.
2016/2017 season, 33 runners, 4 winners, 8 placed.
The current Season, 30 runners, 7 winners and 14 placed. Over £50,000 prize money won. Just 9 runners have finished out of the places, that’s a fantastic strike rate.
Gustave Mahler 3 time winner, Cut The Corner 2 time winner and his biggest winner to date, Bob Ford who won a £30,000 chase on his stable debut. Bob Ford is actually owned by Dr Richard Newland, whom he entrusted Alastair to train for him.
I’ve known Alastair for 3 years now, he does all the pre-training for us. The horses always come back looking great. With the yards results over the past two seasons and Alastair working extremely hard to make a name for himself, I want to ensure we secure our place in the yard.
Broughtons Admiral is a 3yo gelding by Born To Sea, he was a £60,000 purchase as a yearling. Trained by Henry Spillar in Newmarket, BA was handicapped to get a rating on his first 4 starts. Since then and six starts later, Broughtons Admiral hasn’t finished out of the places.
The horse handles all types of going, placed on good to firm, soft and on the AW. He’s highly consistent and has been unlucky not to break his maiden tag.
It’s clear this horse needs a trip. If you look at his form over 1m2 & 1m4, Broughtons Admiral has finished with a rattle just failing to get up. On his final start, connections stepped Broughtons Admiral up in trip, he ran over two miles.
BA was beaten just ¾ of a length into 3rd place. The horse was given a hold up ride, if asked for his effort two strides earlier BA would have won.
I like this horse as he’s very consistent, has the pace for 1m2 but also has stamina for 2m. I also love the fact he’s still a maiden on the flat. If we ran him for example next week, in a 2-mile AW race off his current handicap rating of 62, he would be the firm favourite and take some beating.
Broughtons Admiral will be a grand dual-purpose horse and has many years of racing ahead of him. He’s a sure-fire winner on the flat and has the makings of a nice hurdler, mixture of speed, stamina, and handles all ground.
We’ll crack on with the horse now and get him jumping. Broughtons Admiral can go down the juvenile hurdle route. These are fun races to have a go at, 80% are ex flat horses that have been running over a mile and will have stamina doubts. Broughtons Admiral will have no such issues and handles soft, he ticks every box. We can be up and running within 5 weeks I would say.
After a few runs if we feel Broughtons Admiral needs a break, we can come back in the Spring. You never know he might just be one for the Fred Winter or Triumph Hurdle. Lesser rated horses than him on the flat have got in these races at the Cheltenham Festival.
20 shares are available in Broughtons Admiral. Each share is worth 5%. The purchase price was 18000gns, that’s £18900.
£18900 divided by 20 = £945. This is the purchase price.
Training Fees & running costs until April 2018 = £650.
Total price per share = £1595.
£1595 covers the purchase, training fees, running costs and all other bills. There is nothing else to pay. If we win some prize money and I’d be very hopeful we will, this would cover his holiday time. Therefore £1595 could easily cover everything until July 2018 and beyond. The following season just training fees are due as the purchase has been paid, you own the horse and not us.
Owners keep 100% of all prize money, free owners & trainers badge each time your horse runs plus full race previews and reviews. We’ll also have a stable morning to watch Broughtons Admiral work before he makes his debut.
The 20 shares will be sold on a first come first served basis. If you would like to take a share / shares or have any questions, please get in touch.
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