2014 bay gelding by Jeremy (USA) ex Anna’s Melody (Ire) (Luso (GB))

A strong, scopey son of the excellent sire Jeremy, Barntown has shown a really good level of form in Ireland in five starts to date, but looks just the sort to progress markedly in the year ahead.

A horse I have been tracking since his debut at Leopardstown last year, he had actually won a schooling bumper impressively prior to that run, which is why top amateur Jamie Codd rode him for his rules debut. Though he finished fifth, he was beaten only eight lengths. Eighth of 16 at the Punchestown Festival on his next outing (second, third, fourth, fifth and seventh have all won since), he had two more runs in bumpers, finishing third on his reappearance in December.

On his latest outing over hurdles in January, he finished sixth in a red-hot novice, the form of which has been franked by wins for the second, third and seventh, whilst several others have shown a strong level of form in handicap company.

He is bred to be very useful. A third foal, his Craigsteel half-brother Flash The Steel was a dual winner over hurdles last season, whilst the other half-brother has won his last two starts in Ireland, a bumper and then on hurdles debut.

Their dam is an unraced sister to a multiple winner over hurdles and fences, and is half-sister to three other winners, notably triple Grade 2-placed hurdler No Hassle Hoff. One step further back is the Scottish National winner Moorcroft Boy, so it is a lovely National Hunt pedigree.

He looks a very nice individual indeed, with plenty of size and class about him. A late April foal, he is in the infancy of his career but I believe he has all the attributes to make up into a very smart performer in time and he looks to have the potential to develop into a Saturday horse this season. He has really flourished for a good break and will come into training on 1st July.

PRICE: There is just one 1/6th share remaining, at £6,000, then £300 a month training fees.