"Nick Bradley is one of the shrewdest men you'll ever meet in racing" - Roger Fell, Trainer.
First and foremost Nick is a businessman, when a horse is purchased it is bought as a financial investment. Nick invests his own capital in the horse and does so in the thinking that at some point in the future, along with his investors, he will be able to make a profit. By adopting this policy, Nick offers his investors the maximum opportunities to enjoy racehorse ownership.
Nick adopts this policy with all his investments be it property, commodities, stocks, shares and bonds, and it often baffles Nick how successful businessmen and women seem to disregard the policies that have served them well and seem to see racehorse investment as a 'throwaway investment' or 'a bit of fun'.
Well at Nick Bradley Racing your investment in our stock, methodology, and way of thinking is not seen as a throwaway investment. Nick offers you the thrill of racehorse ownership, an opportunity to compete at the highest level, detailed factual information about your horse and its progress rather than hype and unfulfilled promise.
Nick has developed a reputation for being as sharp as anyone in the horse racing industry when it comes to selecting bloodstock. This is not a self labelled title Nick has given himself, regular success of buying the right horses for small budgets has seen this reputation build over the last 10 years.
Click here to read a recent interview that Nick gave to Rich Williams, where he talks in detail about his background, how Nick Bradley Racing was formed and his approach to buying horses.
Nick has chosen to focus very much on the 2yo and 3yo race programme. When at the sales he views, selects and purchases in the main, yearling and 2yo fillies to race within this programme. In essence, this allows Nick to aim to master his trade rather than being the jack of all trades.
Nick makes all of the race entry and declaration decisions for the Nick Bradley Racing horses. He monitors the declarations tracking between 9 and 10am each morning throughout the Flat racing season. He then monitors and selects the races our horses are entered in between 10am and 12pm. This gives our horses an advantage over most other owners as Nick can monitor, select and enter horses into the races which he deems are weak for their grade.
This means that when it comes to raceday, our horses have a greater chance of winning.
For example, Nick entered both Dandalla and Fev Rover in the Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge at Newmarket. Our fillies went on to finish first and second due to Nick's understanding of track biases as he spoke to both jockeys pre race regarding their riding instructions.
In 2020, Nick viewed every yearling filly that was presented at a public sale in the Uk or Ireland and the majority in France. Nick evaluates the physical presentation of every horse he views and then considers the pedigree and veterinary notes if the physical presentation is strong enough to be considered for Nick Bradley Racing.
By seeing every horse that is presented it allows Nick to pick out the best stock on offer. In 2020, Nick Bradley Racing had the best daughters of Dandy Man, Adaay, Kodi Bear and Gutaifan in training in the whole of the UK. This is very much down to the approach Nick adopts at the sales.
Please click here to read Nick's blog and see details of the upcoming sales that Nick and his team will be attending in the near future.
Nick bought Group 1 winner Donjuan Triumphant at the 2015 Craven Breeze Ups for just 30,000 Guineas. In 2020, Nick purchased Furlong Factor privately ahead of the breeze ups, she went on to finish 2nd in the Listed Marygate Stakes at York. He added Mystery Angel to the ranks at the Craven Breeze Ups for just 22,000 Guineas and by the end of the year she was the second highest rated filly to come from the 2020 Breeze Up sales in Europe.
Nick has spent years studying the breeze up videos, and following these horses careers beyond the sales so that he knows exactly how each breeze up sale and individuals from them perform on the track. Nick is a fan of timing the breezes and he uses this data along with the physical examination of the horses to identify the horses who should be bought from the sales.
Yearling Sales see a large number of unraced horses sell within a very short space of time. So it is very much a race against the clock to see the horses in the sale, assess them and put a value on them. Nick selects all of the yearlings purchased himself, and like any other horse purchased, Nick is keen to purchase a share in them so value for money is very much in the forefront of his mind.
Nick breeds from his own band of 20-30 broodmares, so he gets to see foals and yearlings every day of the year. Nick has attended yearling sales for over 10 years and throughout that time he has built up a wealth of experience and knows what the important factors are when selecting your racing stock.
Nick and his team of pedigree and form advisors, spend days studying the catalogues prior to the sales commencing. Time at the sales is precious and it should be spent looking and studying the right horses. Nick and his team are all form students who make their livings from backing the right horses, so going into Horses in Training sales they already have a lot of the work done for them in sectional and form analysis. They identify horses who they believe to be on an upward curve and who are not only well handicapped but horses who could compete at the highest level given the right management and campaign.