Sprinter Sacre sizzles
The Champion Chaser of 2013, SPRINTER SACRE, bounced back to winning ways in no uncertain terms at the Paddy Power Open meeting at Cheltenham when sauntering to a 14l success in the Gr.2 Scloer Chase on Nov 15. Bought by David Minton for the Mould family, this was his 15th career victory and brought his earnings up to £820,000. Other Minton-purchased winners on the same card were Alitor (Grade 2 win) and Ballyandy (Listed win), who cost £16,000 as a foal.
Vibrato Valtat makes impressive return
Highflyer buys had a lucrative weekend and this trend has continued into the early part of the week too. On Saturday the team were responsible for 6 winners, most notably Ptit Zig and Tessie Greatrex’s purchase Kilcooley, both winning Grade 2 events for connections. On Sunday, Saphir Du Rheu took a Listed chase in bloodless fashion, whilst on Monday at Kempton, Smad Place did likewise – both horses are now bound for the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury. On Tuesday (November 3), Vibrato Valtat made an impressive return to action by winning the Haldon Gold Cup (Gr.2) by 4 lengths, to add to the rising tally of Highflyer-bought Graded/Listed winners this season.
On October 10, Highflyer purchase Grumeti added the prestigious BetFred Cesarewitch at Newmarket to his impressive tally of big-race wins for the McNeill family, which includes the Grade 1 Aintree 4-y-o hurdle and the Grade 2 Dovecote Hurdle at Kempton. He has won career earnings of over £320,000. Over the same weekend, jump racing stepped up a gear and Highflyer buys were once more to the fore with a treble at Chepstow (through Cocktails At Dawn, Drop Out Joe and Altior) and a Grade 3 Chase winner at Auteuil in Kobrouk who goes for the Grade 1 French Champion 4yo Chase next in early November.
Highflyer buys have been having another successful year ‘on the level’. High-profile handicap successes have been supplied by the likes of the 100-rated trio of Carry On Deryck and John Reel and Chatez, who won the Doncaster Spring Mile as well as Big Thunder and hat-trick scorer Who Dares Wins. The 2yos have been flying the flag too for the agency with dual winner Essenaitch, Peak Hill, Jim Dandy, Inn The Bull and Scarlet Dragon all looking to be progressive performers who will continue to improve into 2016. The great Highflyer stalwart Kingsgate Native still continues to add to his tally despite his rising years and won another 5f Listed event in 2015, taking his career earnings to over £840,000 – not bad for a 20,000 gns yearling purchase.
2014/15 NH Season
The latest N.H. season has been the best-ever for the Highflyer-buying team. A record-breaking 71 Graded/Listed races were won during the season by horses purchased for their owners by the Highflyer agents, Anthony Bromley, David Minton and Tessie Greatrex. Interestingly, these 71 winners were trained by 18 different trainers.
The highlights were undoubtedly three Grade 1 victories for Silviniaco Conti in the King George VI, Betfair and Betfred Bowl Chases and the Grand National/Hennessy Gold Cup winner, Many Clouds, who gave his owner Trevor Hemmings his third Grand National winner (all 3 of which were bought by David Minton). The Cheltenham Festival saw Highflyer purchases filling the 1-2-3 positions in the Triumph Hurdle (Peace And Co, Top Notch and Hargam) as well as the 1-2 in the World Hurdle (Cole Harden and Saphir Du Rheu) and the Ryanair Chase (Uxizandre and Ma Filleule). In total 16 Grade 1 races were won by Highflyer buys, with 4 of these coming at the Aintree Grand National Meeting.
Sizzling in Scotland
The Ayr Scottish National meeting yielded 5 winners for the Highflyer Buying Team. Pride of place goes to David Minton forhis 2nd Grand National winner inside one week as Wayward Prince romped away with the Scottish version, just 7 days after Many Clouds’ stunning victory at Aintree. Both winners were purchased as foals for their owners by David. Other smart winners up at Ayr were Top Gamble (Gr2), Different Gravey, William Henry and Puffin Billy. All look to have big futures.