This filly was purchased from the 2019 October Tattersalls Book 1 Sale by Nick Bradley and Mark Johnston.
Our filly is out of CAPE COLUMBINE who won at Newmarket at 2 and went on to finish 5th in the 1,000 Guineas. To date, CAPE COLUMBINE has produced 3 winning progeny including the 98 rated KASB who was a very good 2yo for John Gosden.
Our filly is a very good model, she has plenty of size and substance to her. She is a refined and elegant mover who has a very good action and covers plenty of ground in her stride. She has excellent confirmation and her temperament seems to be very relaxed, she has reminded Nick's staff of FRANKEL’S STORM when she arrived from Book 1 this time last year.
Given her pedigree and physique we would expect her to be the type to start off as a 2yo in June or July over 6/7 furlongs and progress to running at trips around a mile.
GLENEAGLES yearling fillies averaged 235,000 Guineas at the Tattersalls Book 1 Sale and collectively were a very high standard. Our filly cost just 55,000 and we feel represents a real bargain given how athletic and fluent her action is.
She qualifies for the £10,000 Plus 10 and of course the Tattersalls £25,000 Book 1 Bonus so that means a victory in a Novice or Maiden will net her £35,000 on top of the prize money.
She has a Grade 2A scope.
"We were very pleased to secure lot 210 at the Tattersalls Book 1 sale for Nick Bradley Racing. A strong, scopey filly by GLENEAGLES out of a dam who was rated 108 and 4th in Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, so she hails from a good family and also qualifies for the £25,000 book 1 bonus and also the plus 10 bonus. So as we did with FRANKEL'S STORM this year who won over £40,000 in one start, the hope and aim with this filly will be to win back the vast majority of her purchase price in one go. She is by a sire in GLENEAGLES who we only had 2 horses by him this season, but both 2yo fillies we feel are stakes class and he’s an up and coming young sire who we’ve been supporting heavily at the recent sales and are very keen to follow more and are very happy to secure this well bred filly by him for Nick Bradley Racing."
I am sure you are well aware that the breeze ups in 2020 have been delayed from March-May to June-July due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
This has been incredibly frustrating and concerning for the breeze up consignors as many of them have invested their entire savings into the stock that they would be presenting to be sold. Many would have bought the yearlings in October with the view to paying for them as they sold them, as the sales companies offer finance deals on purchases for those people wanting to have a bigger budget to work with. Furthermore, the keep costs for these horses has been extended by a further two months and when consignors have up to 80 horses in training for the breeze ups this can be a massive cost.
With this in mind, it presents an opportunity for potential purchasers to acquire horses privately which may have sold for significantly more at the breeze up sales.
This filly was scheduled to sell at the Goffs Doncaster Breeze ups as lot 2 and was picked out by her consignor as a filly he expected to sell at £40,000 plus in the ring.
Nick was sent the videos of this filly and three other fillies working on an uphill gallop in the first week of April. Each gallop had the same rider and was done within 15 minutes of the next horse.
They galloped over a distance of around 350 to 400 metres up a significant incline, similar to what they would do at a breeze up. Each horse was timed over the same distance to allow for comparison. There was no standard times for the gallop as the consignor hasn't timed his gallops in previous years.
The fastest of the four fillies was Adaay X Talent Spotter, recording a time half a second quicker than any of the other fillies who galloped on that day. This filly has been sound throughout her prep ahead of the breeze ups and has had no issues to date.
Adaay himself was the produce of the breeze ups being a very fast son of Kodiac. He won twice at Group 2 level over 6 and 7 furlongs and was a very fast horse at the breeze ups recording the fastest time at the Newmarket Craven Breeze Ups.
In March, Nick recommended people to purchase a share in Dandalla who had been impressing Karl Burke and his team, shares sold Aquickly and the reports are very positive about that filly. Nick is recommending this filly highly and had she breezed publicly like she did on the video she would have sold for a lot more.
Nick has purchased a 25% stake in this filly himself.
This filly has been sent to be trained by Rod Millman where she has already been ridden with positive feedback from the team regarding her strength and the way she moves.
Rod trains in Devon and has done well with 2yo fillies in previous year's with the highlight being winning the Newbury Supersprint last year with Bettys Hope, a filly that was a bargain basement purchase. Rod as a trainer has consistently over-performed given the stock he has been sent and with the likes of Master Carpenter has shown the ability to produce a Group horse given the right raw materials.
This filly was bought by Richard Fahey and Nick Bradley at the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sales in September 2019.
This filly is a strong, well put together filly who stood out as a physical in this yearling sale. She is very much a filly for the second half of her 2yo season and one who will train on as a 3yo for a step up in trip.
DARK ANGEL is a sire who needs no introduction to many shareholders, as most have tasted success with his progeny which has seen him rise from a 6,000 covering fee to 85,000 in 2019.
She is out of the 3yo winning mare CENTRED who is out of one of Ballymacoll's most established families. Rated 90, CENTRED won over 10 and 12 furlongs for Sir Michael Stoute and was a progressive 3yo. CENTRED has already bred a multiple winner by NORTH LIGHT and the SEA THE MOON 3yo is currently rated in the mid 70's having cost just £5,000.
CENTRED's 2yo by EXCEED AND EXCEL sold for 120,000 Euros at the Arqana Breeze Up in 2019, a sale which most breeze up vendors send their best 2yos. He was inside the top 50 on the day and Nick's notes described him as uncomplicated and having a good attitude. He was sold to race in Hong Kong.
Nick and Richard have teamed up with DARK ANGEL fillies with unrivalled success in recent years. LILY'S ANGEL was purchased by the pair for £6,000 as a yearling and went on to finish 6th in the 1,000 Guineas, as well as winning at Group 3 and Listed Level. Then followed REALTRA, who was bought for £10,000 and sold for £290,000 at the Ascot June Sale. Like LILY'S ANGEL, she won at Listed and Group level. VONA was picked up for 15,000 Euros, she won the Listed Marygate and was sold the following year for 140,000 Guineas. MELESINA was a £22,000 purchase, she won at Group 3 and Listed level as well and was sold for 400,000 Guineas at the Tattersalls December Mares Sale.
She has a Grade 1 throat as scoped by Peter Hynes of Yorkshire Equine Practice.
She carries a Plus 10 Bonus so qualifies for a £10,000 bonus if she were to win one of the qualifying races as a 2yo.
Nick would recommend this filly highly, she has class and is very much in the mould of MELESINA who we did so well with.
This filly was bought by Nick Bradley and Mark and Charlie Johnston at Goffs Orby Sale in October 2019.
She is the fourth foal out of the Group 2 and Listed winning SEA OF HEARTBREAK who was trained by Roger Charlton to win at 2, 3 and 4 years of age and achieved a career high rating of 108.
SEA OF HEARTBREAK's only progeny to reach the track to date is the BORN TO SEA filly, RAINBOW HEART who was in training with William Haggas. She was beaten just over two lengths on debut by QABALA and went on to win on her second start at Newmarket by 8 lengths and was regarded as an Oaks filly going in to her 3yo career.
LOPE DE VEGA is a stallion who needs no introduction and has established himself as one of the leading stallion's in Europe. His success on the track has gone from strength to strength in recent years and at the time of writing he has sired 7 Group 1 winners.
Our filly is a strong well put together filly who isn't in the typical mould of a lot of the LOPE DE VEGA progeny. She looks more precocious than a lot of Lope's progeny and we would see her physically as a filly who will very much have a 2yo career before progressing as a 3yo. At this stage we would anticipate her starting off over 7 furlongs in the Summer and expect her to stay 10 furlongs and possibly further as a 3yo.
She qualifies for a Plus 10 £10,000 Bonus and is the type of filly that Nick and Mark do so well having teamed up with FRANKEL’S STORM to win over £50,000 in prize money in 2019 and by achieving blacktype with their first filly together.
This filly will have tremendous residual value and will be campaigned very much as a filly to aim at Listed and Group races.
She has 2A Scope and a clean set of X-rays.
"A strong, masculine daughter of LOPE DE VEGA out of a 108 rated Group 2 winner. The mares only runner to date is rated 95 and we were very pleased to secure this filly for just 48,000 Euros" - Mark Johnston
This filly was purchased from the 2020 Craven 2yo Breeze Up sale for 22,000 Guineas. With an additional £1,000 fee to qualify for a £15,000 breeze-up bonus.
The Tattersalls Craven Sale carries the picture of Donjuan Triumphant who Nick purchased from the Craven Sale in 2015 for just 30,000 Guineas.
This filly produced an impressive breeze, travelling strongly throughout and quickening throughout the breeze. There was a total of 148 horses who breezed on the day from the combined Craven and Ascot sales. This filly recorded splits which ranked her 111th in the first furlong, 51st in the second furlong and 11th in the final furlong. She had a great breeze and a very good gallop out and was getting quicker and quicker as she travelled up the Rowley mile incline following the dip.
Both Nick and George see her as a 7-furlong filly who should be ready to run in 4-6 weeks. Her dam, Angel Grace won over 8.5 furlongs on Heavy ground as a 3yo in April. Kodi Bear was precocious 2yo, finishing 2nd on debut to Adaay in a Newbury Maiden. He then finished 5th in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot before going on to win at Listed level a month later over 7 furlongs.
In a depressed market due to Covid-19 we found ourselves with an opportunity to secure a high-quality animal to race in 2020. This is a very good-looking filly who passed all aspects of the veterinary examination barring one. She was found to have a slight heart murmur grade as 2-3 on the scale of 1 to 6, 6 being the most severe.
Had she not had this slight murmur she would have sold for around 50,000 Guineas. Nick researched this issue and after reading the media shown below decided that this factor very much fits his Moneyball theory which he looks for at the sales. For anyone not aware of the Moneyball theory, this is based on a 2011 film which Brad Pitt plays Billy Beane who managed the budget funded Oakland A's to the longest winning streak in baseball history. He selected players for the roster who essentially had 'defects' which made them buyable but had no relevance on their ability to play baseball.
Studies have clearly found that heart murmurs do not influence the career of racehorses but do influence their price at the sales ring. When Nick purchased Donjuan Triumphant in 2015, he had front legs which were very unsightly, and agents and vets couldn't pass him. Has lightning struck twice?
She will be campaigned as a 2yo and then we will look to make a decision in September regarding whether we want to keep her in training as a 3yo or cash her in at the Tattersalls HIT Sale.
Nick has shown time and time again that he can source horses who can compete at the highest level without spending the mega prices at the Sales ring. The 2020 Royal Ascot Group 3 Albany winner was sourced for just 22,000 Euros and our four horses who ran at Royal Ascot were sourced for less than £60,000 combined!!!!
Latest Update - "Mr Zanetti is sound and Roger is happy with him. He is due to start walking next week." 06/11/20
This colt was bought from the Tattersalls Ascot Sales for 17,500 Guineas by Nick and Roger Fell.
He is a colt who Nick has been tracking since early 2020. He is a good-looking son of Requinto and is an excellent physical who moves well.
He was prepping well ahead of the sale and was expected to sell for a lot of money but then picked up a minor injury 7 days before the breeze. He managed to get through the breeze but was clearly feeling the injury during the breeze and did not breeze as well as the Consignor expected him to do.
He is currently sound and has been since 2 days after the sale, June 27th.
He has had a period of box rest and requires further box rest until the last week of July before he can return to training.
He is the first foal out of a sister to Tullius who was a multiple Group winner over 7 and 8 furlongs.
This colt carries a moderate risk as the injury could re occur in training, but is a horse Nick was very keen to buy and given a clear run, we should be ready to see him on the track in late September.
Nick recommends this horse highly to anyone who wants a potentially high-class performer for the final third of the year.