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."
Nick Bradley Racing had 4 runners at this year's Royal Ascot meeting and they were purchased for on average less than £15,000 each!!!
2020 NBR Royal Ascot Runners - Purchase Price
Presidential - 5,000 euros @ Goffs 2017
Sucellus - £15,000 @ Tatts 2019
Rasing Sand - £16,000 @ Tatts 2016
Dandalla - 22,000 euros @ Tatts Ire 2019
Indeed, the combined purchase price of all 4 of our runners came to less than half of just one of DANDALLA's opponents in the Albany. And that horse didn't actually race as it refused to enter the stalls.
DANDALLA herself cost just 22,000 euros, making her the third cheapest runner in the Albany.
Another value Nick Bradley purchase who looks to have a very promising career ahead of her is FEV ROVER, who cost just £20k at the Goffs Premier Yearling sale in 2019. The 2YO daughter of Gutaifan earned a timeform rating of 80+ for her encouraging 2nd on debut at Doncaster.
Dandalla backed up her impressive debut win at Newcastle with a stunning victory in the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday.
Bought for just 22,000 Euros, the daughter of Dandy Man gave her owners few concerns as she travelled smoothly before streaking clear to put clear daylight between herself and a top quality field.
Many were quick to make comparisons with Karl Burke's multiple Group 1 winning mare - Laurens. Although Karl was keen to emphasis that Dandalla is more precocious than Laurens. "Laurens had a high crusing speed, but this filly has a great turn of foot."
Dandalla's next target is still to be determined, but it looks like Group 1 or 2 races from now onwards, with the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket on the 10th of July, or the Prix Robert Papin on the 19th of July the most likely options.
Dandalla's victory gave Nick Bradley Racing our second success at the Royal meeting in just four years, following the success of Commissioned in the 2016 Queen Alexandra, another inexpensive purchase at the sales.
Proving yet again that you don't have to have deep pockets to enjoy success at the highest level.
Bargain buy CRISPINA was Nick Bradley Racing’s second winner since the return to racing with a facile victory at the Yorkshire track.
Having her first run for Nick Bradley Racing, the daughter of Kingman, who was bought for just 22,000 GNS at the Tatts February sale after only one run for Ralph Beckett, relished the drop back in trip to 6 furlongs to earn a Timeform figure of 78+. Roger Fell and his team again working wonders with a horse that another yard had deemed surplus to requirements.