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 this 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 £21,500 + VAT (includes all costs to 1st September 2019).

He has been broken in and will now have a short break before returning to training.  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.