Karl has done very well for the Nick Bradley Racing owners in recent years.
2019 saw us win with HOOROO at Nottingham and he looks like a horse who will only get better as a 3yo in 2020. We also had MISS LUCY, who showed promise from January onwards and her owners were rewarded when she won an ultra-competitive Newmarket Fillies Novice. She was sold shortly afterwards to race in the U.S. and gave owners a huge return on their investment with sales and prize money exceeded over £200,000, having been bought for just 32,000 guineas as a yearling.
On 23rd January 2018, the owners of a Garswood X Primo Lady filly were told that Karl liked their filly a lot. She was named LITTLE KIM and she would then treat her owners to a victory at Carlisle on debut. A trip to Royal Ascot followed where she would finish just 2 lengths behind the winner in the Queen Mary. She then headed over to Deauville in July where she would win the Group 3, Prix du Bois. She was sold for £200,000 in 2019 and gave her owners a tremendous journey and a great return on the £45,000 paid for her as a yearling.
Back to January 2020, and Karl is very keen on a couple of 2yo fillies that he has at Spigot Lodge. Our own MARKAZ filly has been doing everything right and is a filly who is getting some very good reports from Karl and his team.
Karl has also informed us of a DANDY MAN filly who is doing everything very nicely at this stage in her training. She is a filly Nick very nearly bought at the Fairyhouse sales so we have been monitoring her progress since she arrived at the yard. She is a scopey filly who has been doing everything easily to date and has impressed anyone who has ridden or seen her.
She doesn't have a strong pedigree which is what slowed Nick down at the sales after being impressed with her physically. That said, we should have a lot more confidence buying into her now than September at the yearling sales given the reports from the yard.
She has been in the yard since mid-October, so the team have had plenty of time to get to know her. She has done plenty of swinging canters and plenty of paired work.
Joe O’Gorman, assistant trainer 'As a string, our 2020 2yos are a long way in front of the 2019 string. This Dandy Man filly is as smart as anything we have, she is doing everything easily and has already been upsides around half a dozen times. I've been in the game a long time and I'd be amazed if she wasn't a high-quality filly.'
Karl wanted to retain a 50% share in this filly and given Nick's faith in Karl and his team's judgement Nick bought a 15% stake in the filly himself.