It’s been a busy period of racing over the Christmas period and into the New Year, and KRB purchases have kept up the good run of results.
On Boxing Day, Lake View Lad won another prestigious race by taking the Rowland Meyrick H’Cap Chase ( Grade 3) for Nick Alexander and owner Trevor Hemmings. He may now target the Grand National in April. On the same day at Kempton, If The Cap Fits ran his best race to date by finishing a good third in the Christmas hurdle ( Grade 1). The Paul and Clare Rooney owned gelding has the Aintree hurdle as his long term target.
There were more black type performers over Christmas as well with Imperial Alcazar being second in the Championship bumper ( Listed) at Ascot for Imperial Racing. At Leopardstown Blow By Blow was third in the Neville Hotels Novice Chase ( Grade 1 ), Ordinary World was third in the Paddy’s Rewards Club ‘ Sugar Paddy’ Chase ( Grade 1 ).
Paloma Blue won the Beginners Chase at Leopardstown for Henry de Bromhead and Chris Jones. This promising horse is likely to go to the Dublin Festival now for a Graded race in February.
I’m A Game Changer fought out a close finish to win at Newbury under Richard Johnston OBE for trainer Philip Hobbs and owners Paul and Clare Rooney. This was his fourth success and looks an improving horse.
Calivigny followed up on his previous success to win again for Nick Alexander with his daughter Lucy riding for owner Hugh Hodge.
The New Year started well at Southwell with Saint Equiano winning for the fourth time for Keith Dalgleish and Paul and Clare Rooney.
There were three winning purchases for KRB on Monday at Musselburgh. Ontopoftheworld won the handicap chase for Peter and Sean Bowen to record his sixth success since being bought by KRB as a foal. Wot A Shot won the handicap hurdle for Nicky Richards and the MS borders racing club, and Alright Sunshine easily won the bumper in the Rooney colours. Trained by Keith Dalgleish Alright Sunshine was winning his second bumper and looks an exciting horse for the future for both codes.
Sidetracked is improving with every run, and he became the first winner under rules for his trainer Gearoid O’Loughlin when taking the Hunters Chase at Clonmel under Barry O’Neill for Chris Jones.
KRB had two winners yesterday first at Huntington with Shanty Alley winning the maiden hurdle in good style for trainer Ben Case. Shanty Alley was bought at the Goffs Land Rover store sale by KRB.
At Sedgefield I’m To Blame ran out a very easy winner of the novice hurdle for Keith Dalgleish, under a confident ride from Brian Hughes for Paul and Clare Rooney. I’m To Blame is now a four time winner after being a dual bumper winner he was recording his second success over hurdles.
This win was a milestone one for KRB as it was the 100th winning purchase they had bought for Paul and Clare Rooney. KRB had their first winner for the Rooneys in 2016, and they have since bought them 68 National Hunt winners and 32 flat winners. They have some lovely prospects to run for them under both codes in 2019.