"SHE IS BRED ON THE SAME CROSS AS US ARMY RANGER WHO WAS THE SECOND PLACED HORSE IN THE 2016 EPSOM DERBY"
"SHE WAS ONE OF THE NICEST PHYSICALS ON OFFER AT THE SALE AND WE THOUGHT WE WOULD HAVE TO SPEND A BIT MORE TO SECURE HER"
"MARIE D'O HAS PRODUCED TWO RUNNERS FROM THREE FOALS, BOTH OF THEM BY PENNY'S PICNIC, WHO ARE BOTH WINNERS AND RATED IN THE HIGH 80'S AFTER WINNING OVER 80,000 EUROS EACH"
"" George Boughey - Trainer.
Further details to follow.......
As the 2020 turf season draws to a conclusion, it is the perfect time to reflect on what has been an amazing season for the Nick Bradley Racing 2yos.
We had a team of 18 2yos in 2020 and they achieved a total of 13 victories within the five months of the season we had available to us. It was so nearly 15, with HUNGRY FOR FASHION and MYSTERY ANGEL both caught on the line in the final days of the season having traded at lows of 1.01 and 1.02 respectively.
89% of the 2yos (16 of the 18) have ran to date at an average of 5 runs each, with only Miss Roulette and Mr Zanetti yet to make their debuts. Getting 89% of the cohort on the track is a success and that high level is a result of selecting sound horses at the sales and the trainers that we use doing an excellent job with the horses.
The cohort have a win strike rate of over 16% which is a great return. We have 8 individual winners from 16 2yo runners, achieving a strike rate of (50%). Trainers are never keen to disclose how many 2yos they have in training so it's hard to get the data to make comparisons with trainers. It is however easier to do so with sires and of the stallions with a double figure sample size, only Galileo (56%) and New Bay (52%) are above our 50%. See further information below.
Our average prize money figure earned is just over £15,000 per horse which is very encouraging especially considering the current financial climate and the fact that half of the season was lost to Covid-19. This means that on average half of the training fees have been covered by the prize money earned.
11 of the 16 2yos have achieved an Official Rating of above 70, we have two stakes winning fillies and three others who have placed in Stakes race.
FEV ROVER – Group 2 Winner, Listed Winner & Group 2 Placed
DANDALLA – Group 2 Winner & Group 3 Winner
MYSTERY ANGEL – Group 3 Placed and Listed Placed (x2)
FURLONG FACTOR – Listed Placed
TERRICHANG – Listed Placed
Collectively the 5 fillies cost just over £100,000!!
Probably the most important columns on the table shown below are the Purchase Prices and Current Valuations. With the total purchase price of the 16 horses to have raced now increased by over £2 million. The numbers in 2020 are very encouraging and have allowed numerous owners to reinvest in the 2021 cohort and build their own portfolios of horses.
Further evidence, as if any were needed, that when it comes to identifying the absolute best value bloodstock available, there is nobody better than Nick Bradley.
Looking at the leading stallion data, Galileo has had a total of 24 winners from 43 runners (56%), New Bay 11 from 21 (52%) and Kingman has 18 winners from 40 runners (45%). All the remaining stallions with a double figure sample size have a strike rate of less than 45%.
The NBR Average Prize Money Per 2yo to race is significantly higher than most of the top 2yo sires and only bettered by Galileo (£17,024).
Our team of 16 horses won 4 stakes races between them, a significantly higher ratio than any of the top sires, with Frankel, No Nay Never and Kingman managing just 1 stakes win between them from 133 horses to race.
Nick Bradley Racing’s winning team of 2yo fillies are also top of the class this season when compared with their year group (colts and filles) and relatives:
FEV ROVER (108) is the top rated 2YO (colt or filly) by her sire GUTAIFAN
DANDALLA (105) is the second top rated 2YO (colt or filly) by her sire
DANDY MAN – Happy Romance top for Richard Hannon (106)
FURLONG FACTOR (82) is the 2nd top rated 2YO filly by ADAAY
MYSTERY ANGEL (95) is the 2nd top rated 2YO filly by KODI BEAR
The NBR 2yo Winner to Runner strike rate of 50% is bettered only by Charlie Appleby (62%) and the next trainer is Ralph Beckett on 43%.
The NBR Average Prize Money per 2yo to race of £15,159 is significantly higher than all UK trainers, and is only below Aiden O’Brien, who travels a very select group of horses to contest the UKs most valuable races.
Looking at the trainers that we have used most in 2020, Richard Fahey and Karl Burke both have 2yo winner to runner strike rates of 12%. Both trainers aim to get as many of their 2yos on the track and don't look to manage the percentages and are very good trainers of 2yos in my eyes. The Nick Bradley Racing horses have outperformed the average horses in these yards by close to 50%.
Further analysis of how our horses compare with their fellow stablemates shows that:
FEV ROVER is the second top rated 2YO filly at Richard Fahey’s yard. She is also the third rated 2YO overall, with only the 110 rated Umm Kulthum and 109 rated colt Rhythm Master ahead of her.
DANDALLA – is the top rated 2YO (filly or colt) at Karl Burke’s yard.
MYSTERY ANGEL – is the top rated 2YO (filly or colt) at George Boughey’s yard.
FURLONG FACTOR (82) – is the top rated 2YO (filly or colt) at Rod Millman’s yard.
The BHA’s official handicapper confirmed that as of the 3rd of November, Nick Bradley Racing has two of the top 10 rated filles in training with Fev Rover on 108 and Dandalla on 105. The two fillies were also the 2 cheapest bought out of the top 10 at just £20,000 and 22,000 Euros respectively.
A total of £242,546 earned in prize money puts us higher than all other 2yo owners, with the exception of the big 3; Godolphin, Hamdam Al Maktoum and the Coolmore team.
Again, the NBR Average Prize Money Per 2yo to race of £15,159 is extremely competitive and the third highest figure among the top owners.
Our 50% 2yo Winner to Run strike rate is similar to the large operations of Godolphin and Khalid Abdullah.
Roger has been training for Nick Bradley Racing for three seasons now and has done so with tremendous success. Nick rates Roger highly amongst the trainers he has worked with, he is able to give a great insight into relative abilities and future prospects and all round, is simply a very good judge of a horse.
Roger is a very hospitable host as a trainer and the Owners days we host at Beckhampton are very special experiences for the owners involved.
Roger went to Beckhampton to work as Assistant Trainer to Jeremy Tree in 1978 and after 13 years he took over the Trainers License in 1990. Group winner after group winner followed including the English Derby with "Quest for Fame" and the French Derby with "Sanglamore" and he is now one of the country's top trainers.
Roger has added 70 group winners, 43 listed winners and over 1100 winners to the Beckhampton roll of honour. Assessment of ability and placement in the right race has seen the stable pick up some major handicaps the Cambridgeshire (Cap Juluca and Blue Monday), Stewards Cup (Harmonic Way, Patavellian and Genki), five Royal Ascot handicaps (Source of Light (2), Harmonic Way, Deportivo and Fifteen Love) as well as eleven Group 1s Sanglamore’s French Derby and Prix d'Ispahan, Quest for Fame (Epsom Derby), Tamarisk and Tante Rose (Haydock Sprint), Patavellian and Avonbridge (Prix De l’Abbaye), Cityscape’s Dubai Duty Free at Meydan and Al Kazeem’s hat-trick in 2013 including the Tattersalls Gold Cup, Royal Ascot’s Prince of Wales’ Stakes and the Eclipse.
Under Charlton’s leadership both the facilities and the team have developed. The lower yard has had an American barn added and there is a full range of grass and all-weather gallops including the twisting valley gallop on West Down behind the lower yard. Travel half a mile or so and cross the Devizes road and there are some of the best grass gallops in the world high up on Horton Dow
Martyn Meade has been involved in horses all his life, not only in racing but as a keen polo player and Master of Foxhound. Meade trained his first National Hunt winner under rules back in 1972. Since then he has trained numerous winners under both rules whilst continuing a commercial career. Having concentrated on flat racing since the late 1980s he has had multiple stakes winners and boasts a very impressive strike rate with two-year-olds, most notably the six-time winner Lunar Mist.
From the start of the 2018 season he moved to a new base at Manton. He acquired the major part of the Historic Manton Estate and now trains from new purpose-built facilities and the historic Manton Gallops.
The Manton estate is arguably one of the world’s finest and most successful racehorse training establishments. Racehorses have been trained on the estate since 1860 and since then it is estimated to have been to home to at least 50 classic winners.
The Manton Estate has superb training facilities and alongside the historic gallops. The new yard has been designed and built to ensure our horses will be able to perform at their best on the racecourse.
Brian Roderick Millman was born in 1957 and was raised in a family with a racing background. His father Brian was a permit holder in Devon where Rod first took part in pony and show jumping events as a boy.
Upon leaving school Rod began his career as a jockey as apprentice to one of the master trainers of sprinters, Reg Akehurst at Lambourn, from 1972 to 1976. Rides were not easy to come by in those days but he still had five winners.
He then went to Monty Stephens (the biggest private trainer in the country at the time), but rising weight decided his next move, which was to Kingsbridge-based trainer David Barron in 1977 as his conditional jockey.
From there he spent time with Michael Chapman, Ron Atkins, Dougie Marks, and Martin Pipe, where he stayed until 1981 and then went freelance, joining the flat stable of Gerald Cottrell at Kentisbeare as work rider and eventually retiring from race riding in 1989 having ridden about 60 winners.
This varied career taught him a great deal about the many training techniques across the country, giving him plenty of ideas for when he set up as a trainer in his own right.
Millman took his dual-purpose trainer’s license out on 1st November 1989 when he was 32 years old and did not have long to wait for his first winner. After only seven runners, which yielded three seconds, 20/1 shot Royal Dartmouth landed the Haseley Handicap at Warwick. The 5-year-old gelding was appropriately named for a Devon trainer and owned by Simon Duttfield, owner of Axminster Carpets. Royal Dartmouth would follow up this success with another win two weeks later.
Rod married Louise in 1985 and their two sons James and Patrick have grown up with the horses, with James in particular an excellent rider and judge of the formbook.
Rod’s years with Reg Akehurst, Gerald Cottrell and the sprinters left an impression and he has successfully handled a fair few himself including Lord Kintyre, Fromsong and Whitbarrow who brought him his first Pattern race success in the 2001 Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood.
Rod’s skills are not limited to sprinters though. He has had stayers on the flat and over obstacles, training Kendal Cavalier, and later the two Group winning horses on the flat, Hawridge Prince and iconic stayer, Sergeant Cecil, who proved a monument to Millman’s training skills, famously winning the Northumberland Plate-Ebor-Cesarewitch hat trick.
More recently, Master Carpenter, who has been purchased by Cheveley Stud for his stallion potential, won the listed Heron Stakes and the Group 3 Prix Daphnis in 2014.
This highlights perfectly his versatility to get a horse ready for almost any challenge, and few yards can boast such a remarkable record across the whole spectrum of racing under all codes.
Millman’s big race wins include:
Craven H’cap, Highclere Nursery, Highland Spring Hurdle, Weatherby’s Super Sprint, City & Suburban, Molecomb Group 3, Miles Gosling Chase, Northumberland Plate, Ebor, Cesarewitch, Yorkshire Cup, Lonsdale Stakes, Jockey Club Cup, Prix Du Cadran, Heron Stakes and Prix Daphnis.
Phillip is new to the training ranks having only started out in 2019. This was off the back of an extremely successful riding career that saw him ride nearly 1000 winners. He has ridden winners for Nick in the past such as NBR's very own Loaves And Fishes. Phillip has a fantastic set up in North Yorkshire and has some brilliant assistance in the shape of his partner and ex jockey Sammy Jo Bell.