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.
Nick Bradley Racing has teamed up with one of his leading investors to acquire an Adaay filly out of the mare Talent Spotter ahead of the breeze ups taking place.
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.