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 (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 an 8,000gns unraced horse-in-training purchase who ended up running in a Grade 1.

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 2016 bumper and 2017 novice hurdle winner Golden Birthday from the Cheltenham November National Hunt sale having previously been placed in an Irish bumper.

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 richard@richardknightbloodstockagent.com

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