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.
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.
Tattersalls Ireland Sept 21-22 @ Newmarket - Catalogue
Goffs Sportsman Sept 24-25 @ Doncaster - Catalogue
Goffs Orby Sept 30- Oct 1st @ Doncaster - Catalogue
Tatts Book 1 Oct 6th - Oct 8th @ Newmarket - Catalogue
Tatts Book 2 Oct 12th - Oct 14th @ Newmarket - Catalogue
Tatts Book 3 Oct 15th - Oct 16th @ Newmarket - Catalogue
Tatts Book 4 Oct 17th @ Newmarket - Catalogue
Arqana Oct 19th - Oct 23rd @ Deauville - Catalogue
Tatts Dec Yearling Sale Nov 23rd @ Newmarket - Catalogue
If you would like to meet Nick at the sales to discuss yearlings that you would like to buy shares in please contact us below.
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.
Nick Bradley Racing - Yearling Zoom Call
Nick Bradley hosted over 30 owners on his first ever Yearling Sales Preview zoom call.
You can listen to the call by clicking on the video link.
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."