National Hunt

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 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 won or placed in 15 of his first 17 starts.

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.

Another high-class winner purchase was The Statesman who won his debut (and only start) over hurdles by 16 lengths – purchased after being placed in 2 x Irish 7f maidens 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. Richard would be delighted to help you source horses either privately or via public auction from France.

Richard also purchases National Hunt foals for racing and/or re-sale on behalf of clients. To date Richard has purchased foals by Flemensfirth, Milan, Shantou, Walk In The Park, Soldier Of Fortune, Westerner & Sageburg.

If you are looking to purchase a National Hunt racehorse please contact Richard on +44 7769 349240 or email richard@richardknightbloodstockagent.com

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