by Shirocco

2016 bay gelding by Shirocco (Ger) ex Our Trick (Ire) (Flemensfirth (USA))

A good, strong and athletic type, this three year old store is a son of the excellent Shirocco, whose progeny include the outstanding Annie Power and Gold Cup runner-up Minella Rocco, the latter a son of Alleged, grandsire of this one’s dam Our Trick.

It is a family we know well, as I purchased the half-brother Trixster at the same sale in 2016.  He has developed into a very useful performer over hurdles, winning three times last season, and I am sure there is a good deal more to come from him when sent chasing in the autumn.

Another half-brother, Sykes, was bought inexpensively as a store, but has been a tremendously progressive individual, reaching a Racing Post Rating of 129 as a six year old (exactly the same as Trixster), but continuing to improve with age, winning off 143 (to an RPR of 149) in February at the age of 10!

Their dam, Our Trick, is a full sister to Emperor’s Choice, who developed into a high-class chaser, winning the Welsh National in 2014.  One step further back are the top-class, dual Grade 1 winner Our Vic and Thyestes Chase winner Siegemaster, so it is a really strong, deep National Hunt pedigree, while the fact that he is bred on the same lines as Minella Rocco is a further boost to what is a very strong page.

He has been broken in and will now have a short break before coming back into training, but I am already looking forward to getting him over hurdles and hopefully he can go on to emulate his siblings’ achievements.

At just £22,500 + VAT (includes all sales costs and commission, vetting, transport and keep to 1st September 2019) he represents outstanding value for such an exciting prospect.