Topping the second day of trade at Goffs yesterday was the nine-year-old mare Legacy Gold, offered by Mickley Stud’s National Hunt arm, Hurst Farm, on behalf of Roger Brookhouse. She was knocked down for £100,000, and is destined to become a National Hunt broodmare. Winner of the Listed mares’ bumper at Aintree, she went on to become a three-time hurdle winner, and was third to Vroum Vroum Mag in the Gr.1 David Nicholson Mares Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Vendor Richard Kent was sorry to see her go but said “She is a beautiful mare and I would have loved to have taken her home and covered her by Yorgunnabelucky, but she met her reserve and I wish the best of luck to her new owner.”
Trainer Mick Quinn won his first race of the 2017 campaign today with a daughter of Captain Gerrard. POPSILCA, bred by Mickley Stud in partnership with Mr W Whittle, defied the odds on her first handicap start and left her rivals in her wake to land the 32RED CASINO HANDICAP. This was a well-timed ride by William Carson who seized the lead in the last 100yds, and stayed on well. A nice result for all connections at 33/1!
Billy Bronco, who was bred at Mickley Stud, won his race easily yesterday at Ayr Racecourse. That performance followed up nicely on the win for his full brother - Tobefair - in a Class 2 Hurdle at Warwick on Saturday! It's a good family, and we also bred their half brother Sweeney Tunes, by Karinga Bay, whose best result was when he won a Grade 2 Novice Chase. Billy Bronco has not been out of the frame in four starts, winning twice, so he is exceptionally promising. After winning his debut race in a Towcester bumper last January, he went to the Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham Sale, where he was bought for 110,000gns. His new connections must be thrilled with his performances, well done to them.
It's great to breed & own another winner, this time in partnership with the very kind & loyal Countess Lonsdale. Mia Cara is by Camacho, who stood at Mickley Stud in 2013, and the filly came back from a break to win well last night at Wolverhampton Races - like mother like daughter! Another excellent training performance from David Evans and ride from Andrew Mullen.
Wow, what a gutsy win by Mickley Stud bred Tobefair, by our former stallion Central Park, taking down the Grade 2 PERTEMPS NETWORK HANDICAP HURDLE at Warwick Races today! TOBEFAIR, had been hiked up 45lb for winning his last FIVE handicaps, made it 6-6 for new connections. It was not plain sailing for him but he found admirably and was not to be denied. Trevor Whelan bided his time on Tobefair, before delivering his mount with a strong run that saw him land the spoils by a length and a half from Scotchtown. He may still be a step ahead of the handicapper, and Cheltenham beckons. His ability to handle any ground is a huge plus.
Amantius, a son of Multiplex, is one of his progeny that has taken to the jumping game, and he followed up his December win at Leicester in fine style today at Wincanton. Up 6lb for his Leicester win over 2 miles, and not inconvenienced by a 5 furlong increase in trip, Aidan Coleman rode him to victory in the ROA/Racing Post Owners Jackpot Handicap Hurdle, beating 17 rivals for trainer Johnny Farrelly. He´s improving and in cracking form, so may well land a hat-trick after this cracking performance, and once again shows the versatility of the sire - sprinters, hurdlers and chasers, he produces them all.
Englishwoman has proved to be a bargain purchase for Mickley Stud owner Richard Kent, secured for only 2000gns out of Charles Hill's yard just over twelve months ago, when consigned to Tattersalls as part of a dispersal by previous owners Qatar Racing. The filly is now trained by David Evans, has won four races for us, and is seen here after winning at Southwell earlier today with John Egan in the saddle. A great start to the year.
The 5yo Multiplex mare, Multi Quest, earned her third career win at Kempton today, showing plenty of guts to stay on well and win by a narrow margin under a great ride from Robert Havlin, who managed to get an uncontested lead from the outside stall, and both horse and jockey proved game enough to hold off the second. Multiplex just keeps on getting winners!!
Lady Valeur (by Multiplex) came a very close 3rd in the Group 1 American Oaks at Santa Anita, in California, last night continuing the stallion's fine recent run of winners and placed horses. Beaten by only a nose and half a length, Lady Valeur was unsuccessful in trying to follow up her recent Listed win, but was by no means disgraced in the Oaks and takes her earnings to £83,455.71. She was previously 2nd in a Group 2 race at Del Mar, so she is in great form and a testament to her sire.