Silviniaco Conti became Highflyer’s sixth winner of the £200,000 Grade 1 Betfair Chase on November 22, following in the hoof prints of the great Kauto Star. He goes next for Kempton’s King George VI Chase over Christmas and will try to make it nine consecutive wins on the bounce for Highflyer purchases in that great race. Other notable winners for the team over the Betfair weekend were The New One, Vasco Du Ronceray, Midnight Shot and Virak.
Paddy Power successes
Highflyer purchases won 6 of the races over the Paddy Power Open Festival at Cheltenham with 5 of the successes coming in Graded/Listed events. The highlight was Caid Du Berlais’ victory in the Paddy Power Gold Cup but there were other impressive performances put up by Sam Winner (Gr3), Vyta Due Roc (Gr2), Uxizandre (Listed) and Bitofapuzzle (Listed).
A Highflying weekend
Ten winners over the weekend were purchased by the Highflyer team, with six of them doing so in Graded/Listed contests. Pride of place falls to Zarkandar with his 5 length victory in the 370,000 euro Gr.1 Prix D’Automne at Auteuil. On the same day Kobrouk won the 200,000 euro Champion 3yo Chase by 8 lengths at Auteuil. What A Warrior (a 17,000 euro store purchase) won the Gr.3 Chase at Ascot and three Listed races were won by Ulck Du Lin, Many Clouds (6,000 euros as a foal) and Aurore D’Estruval.
Potential stars on show
Some impressive performances in the last few days have been posted by Highflyer buys. Unanimite thrust himself to the front of the early betting market for the 2015 Triumph Hurdle with a bloodless victory at Market Rasen. Son Du Berlais was a facile winner at Newton Abbot and now heads for the Grade 2 Persian War Novices’ Hurdle at the end of October. Ainsi Fideles on September 25 won his fifth consecutive chase at Perth and could now go for a £20,000 novice chase at Cheltenham on October 18.
Stellar 2013-14 season
Another great season for Highflyer purchases with 50 graded/listed winners for the team headed by King George VI winner Silviniaco Conti, Aintree Hurdle winner The New One, Christmas Hurdle victor My Tent Or Yours and Lexus Chase winner Bobs Worth as well as numerous big handicap winners like Triolo D’Alene (Hennessy), Ma Filleule (Topham), Lac Fontana (County) and Whisper (Coral Cup). The pinnacle of the season was no doubt the purchase of 10 winners (6 at Grade 1 level) at the Aintree Grand National meeting.