Brandy James

Brandy James

2015 bay gelding by Motivator (GB) ex Bold Classic (USA) (Pembroke (USA))

A scopey, athletic individual, this four year old has shown a very good level of form over hurdles in recent months for his previous connections and looks an exciting addition to the yard, having been purchased at the Ascot Sale in June.

He looks unlucky not to have already got his head in front over hurdles, but that works very much to our advantage, as he is able to run in maiden and then novice company for the entire season. Third on his debut over timber last term (behind subsequent Grade 3 winner Chief Justice), he bumped into useful performers when runner-up on his next two outings, before finishing fourth behind Christopher Wood (rated 140) and Zizaneur (rated 133) at Newbury.

On his most recent outing over hurdles, again at Newbury, he finished a good sixth in a £40,000 handicap hurdle, the form of which was franked in no uncertain terms, with the runner-up winning his next two (including a £40,000 contest at Ascot) and several of those in behind winning since. You can put a line through his two runs on the flat since, as he patently didn’t stay the 2m5f on the flat at Pontefract (having travelled well), before not handling the fibresand surface at Southwell last time.

A very well-bred individual, his sire Motivator was responsible for this year’s Triumph Hurdle winner Pentland Hills, whilst he is himself a three-parts brother to Irish Derby third Festive Cheer, and out of a half-sister to five black-type performers, including 1000 Guineas winner Speciosa and Graded hurdle winner Pivot Bridge.

I see him very much as a level-weights novice hurdler for the season ahead and would like to have him ready to start off in September, as there are some weak novice hurdles around at that time and he looks more than capable of winning a couple of those on the form he has already shown. Looking further ahead, he has the pedigree and physical scope to progress, whilst his handicap form suggests he can be more than competitive off his current mark. If we can get his head in front on a couple of occasions, he would then be creeping in at the bottom of the weights in some nice handicaps.

He is exceptional value at just £14,000 + VAT (includes all sales costs, commission, transport and training to 1st September 2019) and I would highly recommend him.