Nick Bradley Racing Yard Visit Part Two

By Samantha Martin (@sam_angelina22)

Here is part two of my ‘Nick Bradley Racing Yard Visit’. You can read part one here – https://reinitinracing.wordpress.com/2020/09/17/nick-bradley-racing-yard-visit-part-one/

This second and final part focuses on the yearlings that were paraded for us. Due to Coronavirus, the Yorkshire Racing Open day couldn’t take place so it was done virtually and this parade was streamed on Instagram as part of the charity event for Racing Welfare. You can watch the full parade on this link – https://nickbradleyracing.co.uk/open-days

I have profiled each filly and hopefully it gives you all a great insight to purchasing yearlings and Nick’s opinions on each horse. If you don’t want to read what I have to say, there are some really lovely pictures, taken by my younger brother, included in the article.

Make sure to head over to https://nickbradleyracing.co.uk/ if you are interested in joining Nick Bradley Racing.

Once again, I would like to thank Nick and his family and Russell for welcoming me to the yard!

The Yearlings

Premier Yearling Sale (Doncaster 1st – 2nd September)

Sea The Moon x Tickle Me
Sea The Moon x Tickle Me

SEA THE MOON x TICKLE ME

To be in training with Karl Burke

I watched a lot of this sale but, quite typically, I was never watching when Nick purchased a horse! I was really surprised that this filly (Lot 11), eligible for the GGB Bonus, was picked up for just £11,000 and even more so when I actually saw her. She’s a gorgeous individual and was one of the best-looking physiques of them all. Interestingly, Nick mentioned that her knees are slightly ’11 and 1’ like the hands on a clock but that wouldn’t hamper her ability on the racetrack. I get the impression that there isn’t the same demand for Sea The Moon’s progeny in the UK as in France or Germany. Nick said that he tried to get one of his mares covered by him but he was turned away as the horse was so popular at his £15,000 stud fee. He has produced Alpine Star and Quest The Moon on the flat and Allmankind, who was a long-term favourite for the Triumph Hurdle. He gets good two-year-olds and it seems to me that some of his progeny get a trip in time. Her dam is Tickle Me, who is a half sister to four individual black type performers. Herself, an unraced mare, she hasn’t produced a winner yet but all four of her dam Tickle Me Pink’s progeny are black type performers. The most notable is the Sea The Moon filly Tickle Me Green, who won a Vichy listed race and finished second in a good quality group two at Deauville. She is so closely bred to this filly so hopefully the ‘Nick Bradley Racing’ filly can go one place better in a group two when she hits the track next year.

Galileo Gold x Ballet of Doha
Galileo Gold x Ballet Of Doha

GALILEO GOLD x BALLET OF DOHA

To be in training with Karl Burke

Officially, this filly (Lot 94) was classed as ‘bay’ but she is actually the most beautiful roan colour. Standing at 15.1hh, she is from the first stock of 2000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold, who’s yearlings sold for an average of £24,556 at this sale with the most expensive at £80,000. She was purchased for £15,000. Her dam is Ballet Of Doha, who ran once with no success. Her first foal to race was named Alicia Darcy and this Sir Prancelot filly has raced thirty-five times and won four, all over six furlongs. Ballet Of Doha’s sire is Zebedee. He was a really speedy horse and acts as a speed influence in pedigrees too. We can expect to see this filly out quite early on next season and Nick even mentioned she could be a horse for the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot. With this heavily speed-orientated pedigree, Nick explained that this filly ‘toes in’. This means that, because fast horses are bred to have wide chests, her knees turn in a little. This is nothing serious and will not impact her ability. Nick also said how much he liked the way she walked and that they always look for horses with a good driving walk through their backend.

Tamayuz X Duchesse
Tamayuz x Duchesse

TAMAYUZ x DUCHESSE

To be in training with George Boughey

This filly (Lot 187) is the first of the horses to be in training with George Boughey. George has made an amazing start to his training career with twenty-two winners from eighty runners this season. Nick was keen to have horses with him because he is really good with owners. One of the most notable of the horses Nick Bradley Racing have with him is Kodi Bear filly Mystery Angel who was an impressive winner on the 9th September. The Tamayuz yearling filly was described as a similar model to Fev Rover – long legs and just needs to fill into herself a bit. In general, Tamayuz’s offspring can be quite hot and he has produced the likes of Mustashry, G Force and Desert Skyline. Her dam is Duchesse is a one-time winner over one mile four furlongs. Her first foal Dacesa, also by Tamayuz, won over five furlongs on debut for Jessica Harrington. This £25,000 purchase is thought to be a horse that will do well in the middle to backend of 2021.

Shares available = https://nickbradleyracing.co.uk/new-shares3

Time Test x Pure Joy
Time Test x Pure Joy

TIME TEST x PURE JOY

To be in training with Karl Burke

This filly (Lot 357) is by Time Test and will be part of his first group of two-year-olds to grace the track. He was a solid horse on the track and placed in group one company. He is out of a group one winning mare by Dubawi so has a very good pedigree. Pure Joy, her dam, got black type in her first ever race and was sold for £65,000 whilst in foal to this filly. She has had four foals to race on the track so far – Amabilis, a three time winner over one mile; Escalating, a five time winner over five furlongs; Beholden, who has ran five times (three in bumpers and two on the flat) so far this year and was a very good winner of a bumper on debut, and Orillion, who ran twice. The Time Test filly is big and scopey and moved very nicely. Nick described her as one of the best-looking horses at the whole of the Goffs Doncaster Sale, which his why he went up to £33,000 for her. Shares in her sold out within twenty-four hours!

Acclamation x Scent Of Roses
Acclamation x Scent Of Roses

ACCLAMATION x SCENT OF ROSES

To be in training with George Boughey

Acclamation’s yearlings sold extremely well at the Goffs Doncaster Sale – fifteen went through the ring with an average price of £55,385 and three horses above £100,000. Looking at that, Nick got a bargain with lot 392 at just £9,000, the cheapest of the Acclamations. This could’ve been for a few different reasons as Nick said that she was poorly-behaved at first when parading but eventually settled down and she also has ‘open knees’ which means there is a gap between two parts of her knee, which is common, and, when that closes, she will be able to get into cantering. She is quite long in the body and looks like she will be a speedy sort because of her sire. Acclamation is the sire of Marsha, Equiano, Acclaim, Mehmas and Dark Angel. Her dam is Scent Of Roses, who was bred by the Irish National Stud but never won a race. She is a half sister to the dam of Sir Prancelot and a few other mares who produced winners. Scent Of Roses is yet to but this filly looks a winner in waiting.

Tattersalls Ascot (Newmarket 7th September)

Gutifan x Fast Pick
Gutifan x Fast Pick

GUTAIFAN x FAST PICK

To be in training with George Boughey

The idea with this Gutaifan filly (Lot 11) is that she will follow in the hoof-steps of Fev Rover, who is by the same sire. This year has been Gutaifan’s second year of two-year-olds and he has made a great start to his stallion career with Fev Rover and Sardinia Sunset winning class one races. He is by Dark Angel and was a very speedy juvenile, which his progeny seem to have inherited. This filly’s dam is Fast Pick, a two-time winner over one mile four, and a half sister to Mark Of An Angel, who is the dam of two time group three winner Queen Blossom. They were always going to buy this filly and paid 17,000gns for her. She has a bit of filling out to do but has a really good walk.

Ardad x shifting Moon
Ardad x Shifting Moon.

ARDAD x SHIFTING MOON

To be in training with Karl Burke

This filly (Lot 144) is a gorgeous colour and has a very good action when she walks. She’s got a speedy, close-coupled confirmation and I love the markings on her back legs – it looks like someone has painted on her white socks but missed a spot! She’s by Ardad and is part of his first crop. He’s by Kodiac and won the Windsor Castle and Flying Childers at the age of two. Her dam is called Shifting Moon and she is actually a winner over two miles! She has had one foal racing so far and he’s one from eighteen. I’m really interested to see what this filly does on the track with the sprinting/stamina influence from her parents. They purchased her for 30,000gns and one of the owners commented “if she can run as quickly as she can walk, she’ll be good!” as she was properly marching throughout the parade.

Deauville Select Sale (Arquana 9th-11th September)

Ribchester x Nymeria
Ribchester x Nymeria

RIBCHESTER x NYMERIA

To be in training with Richard Fahey

I really like the look of Ribchester’s progeny so far. We are seeing his first lot of yearlings come through the sales ring and they’re gorgeous specimens. This filly in particular is very easy on the eye. She’s a lovely colour and my note next to her said “very French”. I’m not sure what I mean by that but she has the loveliest head and, considering she only arrived from France less than 48hrs before, she has an amazing temperament. She actually failed the veterinary checks for the French but Nick had the X-rays consulted by a top Newmarket vet and they paid €30,000 for her. Ribchester was a top-class miler on the track and her dam is Nymeria. A winner over one mile two furlongs and placed in group company, her progeny are yet to race but she is actually out of a Champion Two-Year-Old in Germany and by Soldier Hollow, who is more known for National Hunt progeny, like Arctic Fire and Saldier, and offers a stamina influence.

Dabirsim x Vally Jem
Dabirsim x Vally Jem

DABIRSIM x VALLY JEM

To be in training with Karl Burke

This filly is a beautiful looking individual with lovely long legs. She was meant to be sold at Doncaster but she was footsore. Despite this, Nick described her as the second nicest yearling he’d seen all year. She is by Dabirsim, a winner of the Prix Morny and Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at two, and Nick really liked his first crop. He saw a yearling filly, who was later named Different League, at the sales and has regretted not purchasing her. In her career, Different League went on to win the Albany and was a very speedy filly. That is the influence of Dabirsim and this filly looks like she’ll be quick as she, according to Nick, moves like Different League and Dandalla! Her dam is Vally Jem and she was peak-rated 107 after a win in listed company and placings in group two and three company. Her first two foals, Vally Jem and Gally Jem, have both won a race. Hopefully this filly can follow in her dam’s footsteps, earning blacktype!

Shares available = https://nickbradleyracing.co.uk/new-shares9

Homebred

Cotai Glory x Overheard

COTAI GLORY x OVERHEARD

This filly is one of Nick’s homebreds. He brought the dam, Overheard, as a foal and then sold her to Cheveley Park, who raced her. She wasn’t an exceptional racehorse on the track and problems with her tendons held her back significantly. Her first foal, by Zebedee, was sold at the sales and very few people actually viewed her but the connections who bought her found a gem where no one else thought to look as she went on to win twice at two and three in Europe. Her second foal is called Dandys Derriere, by Dandy Man. He won on his second outing, over six furlongs, and then ran into New Mandate, who went on to land a competitive Doncaster listed race at the St Leger meeting. This filly is from Cotai Glory’s first stock and he was a durable sprinter from the age of two to five. Nick said that his filly was put out into the field with some friends the other day and she was very bossy! Apparently, she “loves to run” and is brilliant on the lunge in the round pen. They genuinely expect her to be a blacktype filly.

The Colts

These horses below are all homebreds of Nick’s and will be going to the sales in the coming weeks. I’m not sure of their individual pedigrees but they’re a gorgeous, friendly group of lads!

Others

I don’t actually know this filly’s pedigree which is disappointing as the label on her stable didn’t match her. I’ll see if I can find who she is because she is such a sweetheart.

Lion’s Vigil

Lion’s Vigil is at Glebe Farm to recover from an injury. He’s a really friendly boy and was keenly watching the parade from his stable in the barn! He has raced five times to date and his most recent run was really good, only getting beaten a nose, pulling over three lengths in front of the third. Hopefully, he will recover quickly and be back out racing – and hopefully winning – soon!

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