by Sageburg

2016 bay gelding by Sageburg (Ire) ex Anna’s Melody (Ire) (Luso (GB))

A tall, scopey and athletic individual, this three year old is by the excellent, emerging dual-purpose sire Sageburg, whose progeny include this year’s Cheltenham Festival winner Ch’tibello and exciting Grade 2 winner (and Grade 1-placed) novice Rouge Vif, as well as several young Graded winners in the UK and France.

A fifth foal, he is a half-brother to the progressive Flash The Steel, who has won an Irish point to point, bumper and two races over hurdles, before finishing fifth in a £100,000 handicap hurdle on his latest outing – he looks a high-class prospect to go chasing next term.  The other half-brother (both are by Craigsteel, who is a lesser sire) was placed in Punchestown and Galway bumpers on his first two starts and looks another exciting type, having won a bumper and a maiden hurdle on his last two starts in Ireland.

The only other sibling to have run (the other is an unraced four year old) is a horse we have in the yard, Barntown.  I think an awful lot of him, he bolted up in a schooling bumper in Ireland before making his debut, has some good form to his name over hurdles but has really blossomed into a lovely individual since joining us in the spring – I am very much looking forward to bringing him out this autumn.

It is a classy National Hunt pedigree, as the dam is a sister to a five-time winner (RPR133) and half-sister to Graded performer No Hassle Hoff (141), out of a half-sister to Scottish Grand National winner Moorcroft Boy.

A really good-moving sort, I think he is a belter and thought he would make around €30,000, so I think he is absolutely outstanding value at just £20,500 + VAT, which includes all sales costs and commission, vetting, transport and keep to 1st August 2019.

We will break him in straight away and he’ll spend some time on the circular canter, before having a break for a couple of months.  Given he is a half-brother to two bumper winners and by a sire who gets plenty of speedy types, he is a really exciting prospect to run in bumpers in the spring and that will be the aim, before going novice hurdling next term.