Clodovea found herself in the worst part of the track on Wednesday at Beverley. David Allan did an excellent job to switch her off and allow her to travel comfortably unlike the rest of the field who raced keenly. From where she was on the track David gave her a great ride to put her head infront in the final 50 yards.
Visually it looked as though she will be suited by a better gallop and she should only get put up a couple of pounds for that performance. We should therefore be able to keep her in a 0-60 grade for her next start.
Nurseclaire was very keen in the early stages of the race and early on it looked as though that she had done too much and wouldn't finish off her race.
Billy Garrity had to switch her to the outside and she stayed on nicely to go away and win with plenty of improvement to come.
We will see how she comes out of the race but she could be a candidate for the STAR Stakes at Sandown on 24th July over 7 furlongs.
A fantastic ride from Clifford Lee meant that Fast Response broke his maiden tag at the second time of asking on Monday night.
Fast Response broke smartly from the unfavourable draw in 2 and raced separately away from her 7 rivals. The decision of Clifford to run his race on the stand side rail allowed him to race in a straight line when tacking across to the far side rail whereas his rivals plotted a longer, more indirect route. Clifford was able to get her to the front and when he asked her to go and win the race she put it to bed before being eased down towards the line. There are a couple of listed races coming up which could be options for her at Newbury and Ascot.
Sophie's Star landed her second career win on Friday night in emphatic style landing another £10,000 GBB Bonus for her owners. She showed plenty of speed and hit the line hard. We look forward to seeing her running in black type races moving forwards.
Monday evening was rounded off in fine style with a 1-2 in the 6:15 Musselburgh. Bred at Glebe Farm, Lightening Gesture broke very nicely under Sam James and was able to race prominently behind the keen going first time blinkered, Fast Beauty. The Mark Johnston favourite gave Sam a nice position on the rail and as the race developed it was clear Lightening Gesture was travelling much the best. As they rounded into the straight he oozed class and put the race to bed nicely from the 2 furlong pole pulling away from the staying on Fille de la Lune by 5 lengths.
It was a special week at Royal Ascot despite the fact we didn’t have the glory of a treasured Royal Ascot winner. Royal Ascot is one of the hardest places to taste success and to have Dandalla, Eldrickjones and Oscula all place in their respective races is a huge achievement.
It has certainly been satisfying setting up our new Stakes Performances page on nickbradleyracing.co.uk/stakes-performances and seeing the amount of updates on the page just in 2021 alone. This is obviously huge credit to Nick for not only his purchasing of the horses but also his race planning in conduction with our trainers.
Moving forward for the rest of the year we hope to be able to add to our Stakes page and land more Group races in 2021 and beyond!
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Hellomydarlin ran a fantastic race on Friday night to win on debut at Goodwood.
Mark Crehan got our filly out well enough and we had the experienced market leaders behind us on the middle of the track in the early stages of the race.
Nick is of the opinion that we did most of our racing on the worst of the track and that is why the three horses I was concerned with all fell out of the back of the telly at the 2 furlong post. This massively upgrades the performance of Hellomydarlin.
Mark said our filly has such a great attitude and she dug in to get her head in front.
I think we will go straight for the Listed, Empress Stakes next at Newmarket but we may be tempted to give her an entry in the Albany in the morning if she is sound and the race lacks depth.
Mystery Angel ran a brilliant race at Epsom on Friday to finish 2nd.
Ben Curtis got our filly out well and she had the perfect early position, things couldn't have gone better for our filly in the early stages and Ben got Mystery Angel into a lovely rhythm and was able to give her a breather as they went down Tattenham corner which was always his plan. Ben got our filly over to the stands rail in front of the field which was the plan and he executed it perfectly.
We had the field off the bridle before us bar the winner and our tactics allowed us to keep the field at bay who on the whole had to come up the middle of the track which wasn't as good ground as what we had on the rail. Snowfall pulled away to record the biggest ever winning distance in the Oaks however, Mystery Angel received a huge welcome back to the enclosure!
OSCULA, who showed herself to be a handy type at Brighton, was well drawn, fast away and, having taken over in front in the straight, kept finding and saw it out well. Everything went according to plan as we wanted to grab the rail. Nick had this to say about Oscula after the race “OSCULA is a good filly and I'm delighted for the owners. I don't know whether Ascot would suit her as much as here, so whether we'd go there I don't know. I wouldn't worry about how quickly the races have come as she's as tough as nails and talented.”
Oscula continued a fantastic May for Nick Bradley Racing. We were hopeful of a big run from Oscula on Monday afternoon at Brighton having debuted very well at Kempton five days before. She took the preliminaries very well and went down to post under Mark Crehan nicely. She broke alertly from the stalls and took an uncontested lead as she free-wheeled down the Brighton hill. She travelled down the hill smoothly giving the impression she really handled the track. Once she met the rising ground Mark kept her up to her work and she hit the line to win comfortably by 3 lengths. Mark was delighted with the performance and we are hopeful of seeing her in 10 days time in the Woodcote at Epsom on Derby weekend. This continues the excellent form of George and we are excited to see what the future holds for our filly.
Mystery Angel spent her Monday morning having a spin around Tattenham Corner to see whether or not she enjoyed Epsom Downs undulations.
"She worked very well under Ben Curtis. George was delighted with her and we will be monitoring the race in the next seven days or so with the potential view to supplementing her for the Cazoo Oaks. At the moment all options are open." NIck Bradley
Honey Sweet pulled away in great style on Sunday afternoon at Nottingham. The reports from Karl have been positive over the past few weeks but we were fully expecting our filly to come on for her debut. Breaking from stall 1 on the outside the original plan was to get cover however, when the field tacked over to the rail Clifford had to scupper our original plan of getting some cover and as a result we were green as we were racing on our own. Honey Sweet learned as the race went on and when Clifford gave her a slap inside the final two furlongs she put her head down to some degree and moved clear of the field. She will be targeted at Royal Ascot.
We had plenty of confidence in our filly ahead of her debut run and whilst that was a bit disappointing, there were excuses and today's run has confirmed those excuses to be exactly that. Our filly broke well but ran green in the early stages of the race by ducking to her right. She showed plenty of early speed and took them along in the early stages of the race. She got a bit lonely in the closing stages of the race and Harrison said she was idling infront but we were fortunate to have our nose down on the line where it counted.
Brand new private purchase has been announced this evening. By Galileo Gold out of the mare Speed Freak.
The gelded home bred son of Wooton Basset got off the mark on Saturday afternoon under Paul Hanagan. Bred by Nick at Glebe Farm Seasett has always been held in high regard and he has now been given a new mark of 81. He has always showed talent and on Saturday the further they went the more accomplished he looked. He will now be aimed at Haydock in a handicap over 10f and hopefully we can continue to see him progress.
An amazing day topped off by Fev Rover coming third in the Group 1 1000 Guineas. A truly brilliant performance from Fev Rover who attempted to make all under Paul Hanagan in first time cheekpieces. She very nearly duplicated the performance of Mystery Angel earlier on in the card. She came incredibly close to glory and plenty of Group 1 targets await her this Summer.
Mystery Angel landed the Pretty Polly Stakes on 1000 Guineas day in spectacular fashion. She has run well without winning a pattern race on several occasions in the past, but she got into a nice rhythm up front on this quicker ground and just kept rolling. She's only had two runs on ground good or faster, winning both, and Nick and connections are talking about the Saint-Alary and Musidora next.
We got our first 2yo winner on the board on Friday evening at Doncaster with a very good performance from Lucy Lulu under a confident ride by Mark Crehan. Our filly took the preliminaries very well and went down to the start without a problem whilst one or two of the colts played up a little. Our filly broke smartly and travelled within herself for the first half of the race. She showed enough speed to put away many of her rivals and then when Tyson came to her inside the final two furlongs she picked up again to win with plenty in hand.
Mark said after the race that our filly was idling at the 2 pole and he kidded her along to keep her up to her work. He said after the race that we could step her up in trip if we wanted and that he could have pulled well clear of his rivals had he asked her to.
Zihaam rounded off the weekend to secure a Nick Bradley Racing Guineas weekend 1350/1 treble. He was hugely outpaced in the early stages due to the two front runners taking each other on. This was perfect for Zihaam as the strong pace made it a stamina test rather than a speed test over the 8.5 furlongs.
Danny rode Zihaam well and kept him on the outside so he didn't get intimidated by the other horses. The rain that has fallen this week has made the track perfect for Zihaam as he was able to travel up the outside and rocket up the hill to score with ease. ZIhaam will go back to Beverley next week on 11th May where we expect him to win again.
Mystery Angel ran a very good race at Saint Cloud on Thursday.
Christophe got our filly out well but there was early competition for the lead and she sat 3rd in the early stages. There was a lack of pace down the farside which did not suit our filly and as a result it turned into a sprint up the home straight. Christophe brought our filly to the outside and started to nudge her forward when he should have been getting after her and waking her up to get to the front.
Christophe eventually got after her with 150metres to go and like at Wolverhampton she quickened to go down by half a length.
Silent Queen burst through the field on Saturday night to win her second race of 2021. Silent Queen behaved in the stalls on Saturday night unlike some points this season. She missed the break and Kevin very quickly dropped employed Plan B and dropped her in at the rail.
We discussed beforehand that a lot of the winners had come up the middle recently as pointed out to me by Hugh Taylor and Kevin switched her to the outside going around the bend. Silent Queen took off in the straight and won the race very easily.
Like Dramatista, last week Lion's Vigil got off the mark on Tuesday afternoon. Under a great ride from Ben Curtis Lion's Vigil ground it out down the home straight to propel the challenge from Straight Ash.
He ended up winning snuggly by 3/4 of a length. It looks as though there is plenty more to come from Lion's Vigil up in trip as the season progresses.
Silent Queen blazed a trail on New Years Day when she made all to win under Ben Curtis at Southwell. It was a smart bit of placing by George to select the race, but everything went according to plan in the race and our filly showed that she was a class apart to score by such a margin. George said that her work at home had been very good so we were confident that the surface wasn't going to be an issue for her. She broke well from the stalls and Ben made all to win very comfortably from her rivals. It was a very good performance and earned a Timeform rating of 86. She will now be targeted at Newcastle on the 21st January.
The Roger Fell trained POCKLEY won his second race from three starts at Newcastle last night, having been beaten just a head on his other run. Under a fine ride from Ben Curtis, the son of SHALAA hit the front 2 furlongs out and stayed on too strongly for the well backed William Haggas trained favourite in second place.
POCKLEY, who cost £35,000 at the Goffs Breeze-UP sale in July, is our third Roger Fell trained 2yo winner of 2020 from just 2 horses to run. With MAX OCLOCK scoring at Ayr at 10/1 in August.
MYSTERY ANGEL became Nick Bradley Racing’s fifth 2yo filly to earn valuable black type this season with her third place in Saturday’s Group 3 Zetland Stakes at Newmarket.
The George Boughey trained daughter of Kodi Bear, who cost just 22,000 Guineas at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up sale, followed up her win a fortnight earlier on the Rowley Mile with a battling performance to take her season’s earnings to £34,163.
She joins our distinguished list of other 2yo fillies to earn black type this year:
Collectively the 5 fillies cost just over £100,000!!
2020 has been a great year for our 2yos with a total of 13 victories and 18 places to date. Indeed, 8 of our 16 horses to run have won at least 1 race.
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Travelling strongly at the front of the field having broken well, POCKLEY led 2 furlongs out and looked like he was going to be headed inside the final furlong, before rallying late on to win gamely by a short-head at the line.
The son of Shalaa, who cost £35,000 at the Goffs UK Breeze-Up sale, was Nick Bradley Racing’s 13th 2YO winner this season and 22nd in total. He is also our 8th 2YO to win a race this season out of a total of 16 runners to date.
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Nick Bradley plans to attend the following Yearling Sales as he continues his search to identify more great value purchases for our growing team of owners.
Click on the link next to each sale to view the view the sale catalogue.
Arqana Oct 19th - Oct 23rd @ Deauville - Catalogue
Tatts Dec Yearling Sale Nov 23rd @ Newmarket - Catalogue
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MYSTERY ANGEL made it 2 wins from just 3 starts in the valuable ‘Jersey Lily’ Fillies’ Nursery Handicap at Newmarket on Saturday.
The daughter of Kodi Bear, who cost 22,000 GNS at the Tattersalls Breeze Up Sale, gave her trainer George Boughey his first success at his local course. Jockey David Probert managed to bag the favourable stand-side rail and never saw another rival to win by a comfortable one a half-lengths to secure the first prize of £24,900 for connections.
MYSTERY ANGEL has improved with every run this season and looks set for a step up to Listed class before the end of the season.
The BHA’s official handicapper announced on Tuesday that FEV ROVER is now the joint top rated 2yo filly in the country with a rating of 108.
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:
Further evidence that when it comes to identifying the absolute best value bloodstock available, there is nobody better than Nick Bradley.
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ZIHAAM recorded his third win of the season at Beverley on Wednesday, his fifth in total.
Ridden to perfection by Ben Curtis, who was tasting victory for the first time since returning from his Covid ban, the Roger Fell trained 6yo hit the front 1 furlong out and held on determinedly.
This was probably a career best performance from Zihaam off a BHA mark of 73. Timeform gave him a figure of 84 and reported that he is "better than ever at the age of 6".
There are no more suitable races for him at Beverley this season and so it's probably Pontefract next for team ZIHAAM.
We have 1.25% shares available in Zihaam for just £369. This one-off cost includes all training fees for the 2021 season.
CLAREYBLUE recorded his second career victory in effortless fashion at Lingfield on Monday. The Martyn Meade trained three year old was always travelling like the winner under Rob Hornby and only needed to be pushed out to win by a comfortable 2 lengths.
The well backed 6/5 fav has now finished in the prize-money in 6 of his 7 races this season.
MYSTERY ANGEL broke her maiden in fine style at Wolverhampton on Wednesday with an easy win under David Probert. The daughter of Kodi Bear, who cost 22,000 Guineas at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale, was Nick Bradley Racing’s 10th 2YO filly winner of 2020.
Mystery Angel was smartly away and raced prominently before powering away from her rivals off the bend to win by a comfortable 3 lengths. She gave trainer George Boughey his 4th winner from 9 runs at a strike rate of 44%
FEV ROVER secured her second black type win of the season with a battling victory at Deauville under a strong Christophe Soumillon drive.
The Richard Fahey trained daughter of Gutaifan, who cost just £20,000 at the Goffs Premier Yearling sale, has now won over £65,000 in prize-money for her owners.
Multiple French champion jockey Soumillon had FEV ROVER placed in behind the pace-setting Plainchant, who had won a Listed race at Bordeaux comfortably on her last run, and delivered his challenge perfectly to win by a neck on the line.
FEV ROVER has only been beaten by 2 horses in her career to date, Martyn Meade's recent impressive Listed winner METHOD and our very own Royal Ascot winner DANDALLA.
It will be Group 1 races from now onward for FEV ROVER, with either the Prix Marcel Bousac at Longchamp on the 4th of October (the same day as the Arc), or the Fillies Mile at Newmarket on Friday the 9th of October.
Fev Rover's victory in France was Nick Bradley Racing's sixth 2YO black type performance this season, all of them from fillies.
1st - Group 2 Calvados & Listed Star Stakes
2nd - Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge
1st - Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge & Group 3 Albany
2nd - Listed Marygate
MAX OCLOCK made it nine 2YO filly winners for NBR this season with victory at Ayr on Monday under a perfectly timed ride from the in-form Ben Curtis. The Roger Fell trained daughter of Camacho was having her first run in handicap company and returned at the very rewarding odds of 10/1 for her supporters.
The Roger Fell trained daughter of Camacho was having her first run in handicap company and returned at the very rewarding odds of 10/1 for her supporters.
Held up off the pace in the early stages of the race by Curtis, MAX OCLOCK passed the entire field to win going away at the line and looks the type to follow up next time out.
SAMARA BAY was our 7th 2YO winner of the season from 35 runs at a strike rate of 20%
As a result Nick Bradley Racing are in 2nd place in both the 2YO Owners Prize Money and 2YO Winners tables behind the all powerful Godolphin operation.
An outstanding performance considering our 4 winning 2YOs cost less than £100K combined.
Nick Bradley Racing are delighted to launch our new Gift Voucher scheme. Available in amounts from £250 to £5,000, they make the perfect gift for family and friends (or of course a great treat for yourself!!).
Importantly, the voucher entitles you to first refusal on any new purchases that Nick makes at the sales and will put you first in the queue to invest in the next DANDALLA or FEV ROVER.
SAMARA BAY recorded her second victory at Catterick under a fine ride from conditional Billy Garritty. Sent off the well backed 11/4 favorite, the Richard Fahey trained 2YO challenged inside the final furlong and kept on strongly to lead towards the finish and win by half a length at the line.
Frankel’s Storm made an eye-catching return to the course with an all the way win at Pontefract under an excellent front-running ride from Ben Curtis. Having missed the start of the season due to a small set-back, the daughter of Frankel who earnt valuable black-type in Germany last year, held on bravely from the well backed favourite by half a length. With the rest of the field well strung out behind.
This was Frankel’s Storm’s first run in a handicap, and she could step back up to listed level as early as Thursday this week with an entry in the Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes at York.
Due to the incredible success on the track of our 2YOs this season, Nick Bradley is planning on buying more yearlings than he’s ever bought before at the upcoming sales.
We are inviting current and prospective owners to visit Nick’s Glebe Farm in September and October to view the new yearlings he purchases at the sales. You will also have the opportunity to talk to Nick and the team about the new horses and of course, to secure your share there and then.
Saturday 5th September
To view yearlings bought at the Doncaster Premier Sale on the 1st and 2nd September.
Sunday 13th September
To view yearlings bought at the Doncaster Premier Sale and Ascot Yearling Sale on 8th September.
Saturday 17th October
To view yearlings bought at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sales that start on 6th October.
The open days are sure to be very popular events and we ask that you reserve your place by clicking here.
Due to the outstanding performance on the track of the Nick Bradley Racing 2YOs, NBR are clear top of the 2YO Owners prize-money table and second in the number of winners table, just behind Godolphin, who have had 50 2YO runners.
This performance is even more impressive when you consider that our 4 2YO winners’ cost on average less than £25,000 each!! Nick is confident that there is even more to come from some of our un-raced 2YOs, so we'll be updating the tables as the season progresses.
SAMARA BAY broke her maiden at the fourth attempt at Catterick in the season’s first 2YO Nursery Handicap. Clearly suited by the longer trip of 7 furlongs, she was held up early by jockey Tony Hamilton, before taking up the running 1 furlong out to win comfortably at the line despite idling.
The Richard Fahey trained daughter of Mehmas cost just £14,000 at the Tattersalls Ascot yearling sales.
SAMARA BAY's victory means that the seven NBR 2YO fillies to run so far this season has resulted in an amazing:
Even more impressive when you realise that they cost on average less than £21,000 each!
FEV ROVER backed up her excellent 2nd to DANDALLA in the Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket with an impressive victory in the Listed Star Stakes at Sandown.
Given a ground-saving ride by Ben Curtis, the 9/4 second favourite looked to be in trouble 2 furlongs out, but once produced between her 2 market rivals, she devoured the rising ground and won comfortably, despite idling as soon as she hit the front.
The Richard Fahey trained daughter of Gutaifan who cost just £20,000, looks to have a very bright future and could run next in either the Group 3 Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket on 8th August or the Group 2 Calvados at Deauville on 22nd August.
ZIHAAM recorded his second victory at Beverley this season and his fourth at the course in total, with an emphatic victory for Nick Bradley Racing and Roger Fell.
Under a brilliant ride from Danny Tudhope, he started to make headway 2 furlongs out and threaded his way through the field to score by a comfortable 2 and a quarter lengths at the line. He returned at rewarding odds of 6/1 but hit a Betfair in-running high of 44 for anyone who took a chance that he might start his winning run from quite far back due to his wide draw.
This was a much more competitive race than his last win and Timeform describe ZIHAAM as being “in the form of his life at present.” Unfortunately, there are no upcoming races at Beverley for him to record win number 5 and so a trip to Ripon on the 6th of August now looks most likely.
We still have shares available in ZIHAAM for just £349. Indeed, one lucky new owner signed up just a few hours before the race!! For further information please click here.
The BHA published their full 2YO handicap ratings on Friday the 17th of July and Nick Bradley Racing had 2 of the top 3 rated 2YO fillies:
As well as being the top rated 2YO filly, DANDALLA is also the third highest rated 2YO, behind only Master of the Seas (112) and Tactical (110).
It was an amazing 1-2 for Nick Bradley Racing in the Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket, with Royal Ascot winner DANDALLA holding on from the fast finishing FEV ROVER. It was a third victory of the season for DANDALLA who remains unbeaten
DANDALLA’s success took NBR back to the top of the 2YO owners list again with 4 winners. Indeed, of the six 2YOs to run this season for NBR owners, 3 of them have already earnt valuable black type.
DANDALLA – 1st Group 2 & Group 3
FEV ROVER – 2nd Group 2
FURLONG FACTOR – 2nd Listed
This ratio is even more impressive when you realise how inexpensively bought the 2 fillies were, with DANDALLA costing just 22k euros and FEV ROVER only £20k.
The Rod Millman trained FURLONG FACTOR took the step up to listed class in her stride to finish a close second in the Listed Marygate Stakes at York. Ridden for the first time by champion jockey Oisin Murphy, the daughter of ADAAY who was named after Racing Welfare's lockdown competition, recorded the fastest time over the last 3 furlongs but couldn't quite catch the winner.
"A shame the draw meant she couldn't quite get enough cover to save her energy but a cracking effort from Furlong Factor to finish 2nd and get some black type in the Marygate. She is some speedy filly." James Millman
Timeform gave her a figure of 85 and stated "was by some way the cheapest of these bought at auction, worth plenty more than that now as she improved further up in grade."