Buy a National Hunt Racehorse | If your interest is more Cheltenham Festival than Royal Ascot or more Aintree than York then read on…
Kempton on Boxing Day (which unfortunately looks likely to be no more by 2021) and trips to local courses including Huntingdon and Towcester were what ignited Richard’s interest in horse-racing as a child and those days out as a family have special memories. Richard keeps a close eye on the National Hunt racing and breeding industry and ‘jumps’ at any chance to purchase an owner their next Cheltenham winner. To date Richard has a 100% winners to runners record with his National Hunt purchases including 2017 high-class dual purpose performer Golden Birthday who has won or placed in 15 of his 17 starts to date.
Like the flat racing sales calendar there is an equally active National Hunt one. The October horses-in-training sale in Newmarket is a key sale for flat horses going jumping and provides an abundance of winners. Flat horses with size and scope who have been effective on soft ground over 10-12f are always highly sought after especially when by stallions who have been proven to produce good jumpers.
For National Hunt bred horses there are options aplenty depending on what stage of equine life you want to purchase at. If you want the unbroken store horse who provides you with a blank canvas then there are sales like the Goffs UK Spring sale held in May or the Goffs Land Rover sale and Tattersalls Ireland Derby sale held in Ireland in June. These sales are packed full of the best 3 and 4 year old National Hunt horses on offer who are ready to be broken in and sent to a trainer. Richard loves purchasing at these sales as they are similar to the foal and yearling sales on the flat – ‘talent spotting’ at a very young age.
If you want a horse who has won a point-to-point or has been placed in a bumper then the many Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham & Ascot sales would be a good place to look. High-class point-to-point winners and bumper winners are highly sought after property and can fetch prices over £200,000 in public auctions but there is also plenty of value to be found. Richard purchased 2017 high-class dual purpose performer Golden Birthday after he was 2nd on debut in a bumper at Punchestown. To date he has won or placed in 15 of his 17 starts including winning his last 5 in a row where he won a Class 2 hurdle (official rating now of 147) and when switched to the flat has won 3 from 3.
Another high-class winner in 2017 was The Statesman who won his debut over hurdles by 16 lengths – purchased after being placed in 2 x Irish 7f 2maidens as a 2yo he went on to win 3 flat races during 2017 (rated 95 after his last win) and was subsequently sold for 310,000gns to race on in Australia.
Purchasing National Hunt horses from France has been a big business for a number of years and this continues to be the case. The French National Hunt horses have historically started their careers earlier than their European counterparts and that added to the fact that the French bloodstock market is not as speed obsessed as the UK and Ireland means that they produce many horses who will be effective over National Hunt distances. The French AQPS horses have also excelled in both Britain and Ireland. It is worth noting though that the trend of purchasing horses from France has meant that the value has largely disappeared and there is now probably better value in our own domestic market place in the UK & Ireland.
If you are looking to purchase a National Hunt racehorse please contact Richard on +44 7769 349240 or email email@example.com