It’s been a very busy few weeks for Value Racing Club and owners. We’ve had runners at Lingfield, Sandown, Warwick, Chester, Uttoxeter, Ffos Las & Southwell, with two winners.
Sandown & Chester were brilliant meetings to have runners at, big fixtures at Grade 1 racecourses. We’ve also had 3 stable visits in the past month, David Dennis, Richard Newland & David Pipe. We're certainly getting around and having some great days out.
We have 6 Summer horses on the go and will have runners most weeks through the warmer months. With the evening fixtures up and running, owners are set for some great nights out that will include jumps and flat action.
The Doncaster sales took place last week. We were keen to bolster our Winter horses and ensure with have ammo to fire through the jumps season proper. I’m pleased to say we secured one of the horses we liked in a private deal before the sales.
We are now setup nicely for this year and won’t be shopping again until October, this will be for a Summer horse for next season.
Trigger Nichol. 5yo gelding by Dubai Destination. Purchased for £12,000, will be trained by Dr Richard Newland.
Trigger Nichol was entered in the Goffs sales but I managed to buy him privately the week before. Trigger Nichol is a big strong chunky horse that needs a bit of time, he’s not filled his frame yet and wasn’t strong enough to be competitive in bumper races at this stage of his career.
Previously trained by Nicky Richards, Trigger Nichol was purchased for £40,000 as an unraced national hunt bred store horse. His page “breeding” is top class. His dam Run For Cover had Fine Parchment, a top class mare with Nicky Henderson. Also in the family is Fundamentalist, who won over £200,000 and the winner of the Royal & Sun Alliance chase at Cheltenham, and Barters Hill, £81k of prize money and counting, plus a Festival winner. It’s no wonder Trigger Nichol cost £40,000 un-raced, he’s bred to be a class act.
Trigger Nichol has run twice in bumper races, he showed up well for a long way on debut but weakened out of things at the business end of the race.
On his next start at Bangor, Trigger Nichol finished 5th of nine beaten 20 lengths. However, if you take the winner out of the race who won by 15 lengths, Trigger Nichol was only 4 lengths off 2nd and just missed out on 3rd with his jockey not giving him a hard time. This run was a huge step forward, the horse showed plenty of ability.
With his size and scope, Trigger Nichol isn’t suited by bumpers and will need soft ground. If this horse went through the sales ring I’m adamant the would have fetched nearer 20k. He looks very good value for money at 12k.
Trigger Nichol needs time to grow and strengthen, for that reason we’ve turned him out to grass and he’ll have 6 or 7 weeks holiday before coming into training. He’s shown more enough on his 2nd start to win races and with plenty of improvement likely when seeing a hurdle, Trigger Nichol will be a lot of fun through during the Winter months.
15 shares were available in Trigger Nichol, 6 are left.
Purchase price was £12,000. With vetting costs and transport, total cost is £12,800.
With training fees, race entries, jockey costs, insurance and a bit extra to cover any other bills, Trigger Nichol total price will be £2400 per share. That’s all in with nothing else to pay until April 2018.
The following season just training fees are required as the purchase has been paid, you own the horse and not us. Owners keep 100% of all prize money, free O&T badges each time Trigger Nichol runs and stable visits to watch your horse work.
Any questions or to see a copy of breeding & pictures please get in touch.
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