Fort Denison

Fort Denison

2014 bay gelding by Galileo (Ire) ex Honour Bright (Ire) (Danehill (USA))

A really strong, scopey individual, this lightly-raced four year old son of the outstanding sire Galileo is a tremendously exciting National Hunt prospect for the season ahead.

Third in a soft-ground Leopardstown maiden over 1m4f last term, he was gelded in the autumn and turned away for the winter to fill his frame. He made his belated reappearance at Gowran Park in September, having been waiting for soft ground for some time, and ran a hugely eye-catching race to finish fifth of 17 over an inadequate trip – please click here to view the race.

He has finished in midfield in a big-field handicap on his only start since and, with those two runs under his belt, is now ready to fulfil his great potential for us over hurdles this winter and beyond.

His sire, Galileo, needs no introduction. However, it is worth pointing out that Fort Denison is bred on the very best Galileo cross, being out of a Danehill mare. This is the same as Frankel, Highland Reel and Teofilo. Over jumps, it is a wonderful nick too, with the likes of Stayers’ Hurdle winner Supasundae (who is a very similar type and was a cast-off from the flat) and Grade 1-placed Beyond Conceit bred on the same lines. In fact, the Galileo/Danehill nick has produced 17 jumpers with Racing Post Ratings above 120.

Fort Denison has a very strong dam’s side, being a full brother to the classy stayer Botany Bay and out of a half-sister to black-type performers both on the flat and over jumps. Whilst he has very much been bought as a high-class National Hunt prospect, I am very confident that his rating on the flat can climb significantly from where it is now and that is something we can look at next summer, after he has had a campaign over hurdles this season.

There is one 50% share remaining at £20,000 + VAT (includes all sales costs and training to 1st January) and I feel he represents outstanding value for such an exciting prospect.

Please click here to view his pedigree.