In this week's newsletter Nick looks back on FEV ROVER's excellent victory in France and looks ahead to the upcoming yearling sales season and there's the usual updates on all things NBR....
Hard work usually pays off in this game and the weekend yielded another Group 2 winner in Fev Rover. Richard was keen to run our filly in the Acomb at York on Wednesday and I am sure that had she lined up at York she would have won. I felt that the Calvados was very winnable this year and when the unbeaten 'See the Rose' was taken out of the race, the decision was made to run.
Fev Rover took a bit of organising as we saw at Sandown but when Christophe got after her, he lifted her over the line to win cosily. It was the second time I've won the Group 2 Calvados with Richard, as we had Sandiva win it in 2012. She was a £17,000 filly we also bought from the Goffs UK Premier Yearling sale.
Fev Rover will head for either the Marcel Boussac or the Fillies Mile next. Both races are in October and are just five days apart despite them both being Group 1 races for 2yo fillies over 8 furlongs. I'll monitor the competition between now and then and hope to choose the right race for her.
Frankel's Storm was a punt when supplemented for the Group 2 Prix Nonette and a decision I don't regret making, just on this occasion it didn't work out. James Fanshawe's Group 1 winning Deauville filly Audarya, had been beaten 8 lengths and 4 lengths in Listed races in July was a similarly bold entry but it paid off for James today.
I hope the eagle eyed of you noticed that the Group 2 Lowther winner was a 7.5k yearling daughter of Sir Prancealot and the 2nd in the Calvados was a 5k Euro purchase.
On my Zoom meeting where I outlined my plans for 2021, I was asked whether or not I would be spending more on the yearlings at the forthcoming sales. In fact, it is my intention to spend less if possible, per horse. I am not trying to cut corners, but the two fillies mentioned above were fillies which I didn't see at the sales and it's my intention this year to see more horses than ever before. I'll do this by getting to the sales earlier where possible and attending every European sale subject to quarantine rules. Last year I had to miss some of the European sales due to work commitments at home.
Owners who have been lucky enough to be involved with Fev Rover or Dandalla should be grateful that they have been involved with the fillies in 2020 but shouldn't expect the same success every year because it just isn't possible. Furthermore, owners who are involved in 2yos who haven't reached the heights of the two Group 2 winning fillies shouldn't be disheartened, year on year we find 2yos who can win at the highest level and it is just a case of having patience as your time should come.
One last thing regarding purchasing yearlings at the sales. They are not like buying cars or property. Cars and property have lots of variables and price history which allows the general population to calculate the price they should be.
Yearling sale prices are determined by the vendor, the purchaser and to some extent the sire covering fee and pedigree. All stallions throw good foals and moderate foals. It's my role to recruit the good foals for Nick Bradley Racing at moderate prices.
At the moment we have the highest rated progeny of Gutaifan, Dandy Man and the highest rated filly by Adaay.
When you consider that each stallion has around one hundred 2yos on the ground, to hit bullseye twice and one outer bull from a small number of 2yos it does show how fortunate we are to be in the position we are in.
I'm going to have a final couple of days off this week before the sale season starts at the weekend and make sure the batteries are fully charged up before battle commences!!!
SILENT QUEEN is a 2YO filly and was bought by Nick Bradley at the Tattersalls August Horses In Training Sale on Monday. She is by GUTAIFAN, the same sire as our recent Group 2 winning filly FEV ROVER. She will be trained by George Boughey in Newmarket.
"The form of SILENT QUEEN's debut second at Ripon is strong, with the winner QUEEN OF RIO finishing second in the Listed Rose Stakes at York on Saturday. Based on her pedigree and looks, she should improve for a step up in trip. A horse we can win a novice with and then go black type hunting." Nick Bradley.
Shares in SILENT QUEEN will be available now!
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.
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.
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PRIX DU CALVADOS 2020 | Fev Rover | Deauville | Group 2
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.
1st - Group 2 Calvados & Listed Star Stakes and 2nd - Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge
1st - Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge & Group 3 Albany
2nd - Listed Marygate