HORSES FOR SALE
Brigade Of Guards (Ire)
2014 bay gelding by Presenting (GB) ex Lasado (Ire) (Jurado (USA))
This attractive, athletic five year old has a really good level of form in the book over hurdles, looks a potential improver for the season ahead and is a tremendous addition to the yard.
A son of the top-class National Hunt sire Presenting, whose numerous top-class performers include the likes of Denman, War Of Attrition, First Lieutenant etc, he is bred on the same cross (Presenting out of a Jurado mare) as Irish National winner Niche Market and looks just the type to make up into a very useful staying chaser in due course.
A close fifth (beaten under six lengths) behind some high-class performers on his bumper debut last February, he ran some very good races in defeat over hurdles last term. These include a third to subsequent Grade 2 scorer Grand Sancy on hurdles debut and a seventh at Newbury in what turned out to be a particularly strong novice contest, with Racing Post Ratings of those in front of him now reading 150, 127, 145, 126, 122, with two behind him rated 134 and 135.
He finished third on his final outing for previous connections in a maiden hurdle at Ascot, where he travelled particularly well off a slow pace, but just looked to get caught out when they quickened, before staying on again late. He looked there, not for the first time, like a step up in trip would be of great benefit to him and that it backed up by his exceptional staying pedigree. He is a half-brother to Not Many Left, who progressed markedly from five to six, finished third in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham this year and was in a close third when falling at the last in the Grade 1 Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown this year – he could be a top-class chaser next year.
He is also a half-brother to Coverholder, who won on his second start for us and went on to show an excellent level of form over fences, running to a Racing Post Rating of 143 over the larger obstacles as a six year old, having peaked at 119 over hurdles. Three-parts brother Angus Milan is another to have improved with age and for the switch to chasing. Furthermore, their dam is a half-sister to Harbour Pilot, who completely eclipsed his hurdles form (over 2m-2m4f) when going chasing, winning in Grade 1 company and finishing third in two Cheltenham Gold Cups and a Hennessy.
Brigade Of Guards looks a ready-made level-weights novice hurdler for the season ahead and, at the age of five (and a very late foal, so he hasn’t even hit his fifth birthday yet) he has the scope for plenty of improvement. We will keep him hurdling this season, starting in the autumn after his summer break, but he is very much one I am looking forward to sending chasing in due course and, at £35,000 + VAT (includes all sales costs, commission and transport), he is outstanding value for a horse that looks capable of slotting in on Saturdays in the season ahead, even before any improvement is factored in.
PRICE: £35,000 + VAT (includes all costs to 1st July 2019)