It was a great week of racing at the Cheltenham Festival and KRB managed to buy another winner, Croco Bay. This was the ninth Festival winner bought by KRB so it has been a happy hunting ground for them.
Croco Bay won the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual H’Cap Chase ( Grade 3) for Ben Case, given a super ride by Kielan Woods. This was a tremendous achievement by Ben to get the horse back to full fitness having not run since July, and a gutsy display by the horse to win the race as a twelve year old having been third and fifth before in the same race in the past. The winner is owned by Lady Jane Grosvenor who has been a great supporter of Ben’s over the years.
KRB had twelve runners in all at the Festival and they all ran with credit. Coeur Sublime ran a super race to be second in the JCB Triumph Hurdle ( Grade 1 ) for Chris Jones and trainer Gordon Elliott. He is a very exciting horse to look forward to in the future.
Lake View Lad continued his progression to be a staying on third in the Ultima H’Cap Chase ( Grade 3) for Nick Alexander. He will probably now go to the Grand National.
Crievehill ran a super race under Zac Baker to be fourth in the Kim Muir for Highclere Racing and Nigel Twiston- Davis.
Jarob with the ground against him still ran a good race to be fifth in the Cross Country for Chris Jones and Gearoid O’Loughlin to the legend Tiger Roll.
Yesterday the Arthur Moore trained Fag An Bealach won the bumper easily on her debut by fifteen lengths at Down Royal. She also picked up the 5k ITBA bonus for her owners who are longtime clients of Arthur’s. She was bought by KRB as a foal.
This morning at Sha Tin, Hong Kong, Sunny Speed ( Crack On Crack On) ran a fantastic race to be only beaten just over a length to be third in the BMW Hong Kong Derby. He was purchased by KRB at Goresbridge Breeze Up, and then won three races in the UK for Clive Cox before being sold to continue his career in Hong Kong.
KRB purchases continue to do well with some nice winners the last couple of weeks. Alright Sunshine won his third bumper when easily scoring at Musselburgh, under Brian Hughes for Keith Dalgleish in the Paul and Clare Rooney colours. He may now take on a flat campaign and looks a lovely young horse.
First Drift stayed on strongly to win the handicap hurdle at Newbury for Ben Case in the colours of Carolyn Kendrick and ridden by her son Max. This was First Drift’s sixth win since being purchased by KRB after winning his sole point to point.
Who’s My Jockey won the handicap hurdle at Doncaster for the Rooneys by ten lengths. Trained by Philip Hobbs this was his fourth success since being bought by KRB as a store.
Onthefrontfoot won the bumper for Donald McCain at Sedgefield. He was bought by KRB as a foal for a client who then sold him as a store.
Good Boy Bobby looks a very exciting prospect when winning the novice hurdle by a distance at Southwell for Nigel Twiston- Davis and Paul and Clare Rooney.
Another lovely horse for the same owners and also trained by Nigel is One For Rosie who was beaten a short head in the EBF novice handicap hurdle final ( Grade 3) at Sandown on Saturday under top weight. He like Good Boy Bobby was bought as a store by KRB.
Tomorrow is the start of the Cheltenham Festival and KRB have around a dozen runners purchased by them. They wish their clients the best of luck for the week.
February started well for KRB with Macs Blessings winning at Newcastle for Stef Keniry, and ridden by Liam Keniry for From the Front Racing. This was his first victory since being bought cheaply at the Goresbridge Breeze Up sale by KRB.
Then the industry was hit with the flu scare with many yards not being allowed to run their horses until they received a flu booster.
It was great when racing resumed again, and the KRB foal purchase Dorking Cock won at Sandown for Tom Lacey and the Galloping On The South Downs Partnership, under a confident ride from Stan Sheppard. Only three days later Dorking Cock followed up at Carlisle for the same connections. He is an improving young horse and looks to have a very bright future.
Paul and Clare Rooney had four winners during the week, all bought by KRB as stores, and they look very promising.
Now Look At Me was the first to win at Doncaster for Tom George, ridden by Johnny Burke. This was his second bumper win and he stayed on strongly to defy his penalty.
I’m To Blame won for the fifth time and his third hurdle of the season. Trained by Keith Dalgleish and ridden by Brian Hughes he stayed on strongly to win well at Sedgefield.
One For Rosie ran out an impressive winner of the novice hurdle at Warwick for Nigel and Sam Twiston Davis. The son of Getaway also looks exciting for the future for the Rooneys.
The most impressive winner had to be that of Get In The Queue defying a penalty to destroy a good field in the bumper at Exeter by sixteen lengths for Harry Fry and ridden by Noel Fehily. The five year old son of Mount Nelson could go for the Doncaster sales race in March.
Imperial Racing have some very nice young horses, and the very promising Imperial Aura won his third race in a row by winning the novice hurdle in good style at Newcastle yesterday for some enthusiastic owners and trainer Kim Bailey. He may have some bigger targets in the Spring. Imperial Aura was also bought by KRB as a store at the Goffs Land Rover sale.
Today at Fontwell If The Cap Fits stayed on to be second in the National Spirit Hurdle Grade 2, for the Rooneys and will now target the Aintree hurdle.