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.
Astonishing Aintree again
The Grand National meeting at Aintree oncemore proved a happy hunting ground for Highflyer purchases with 7 victors over the 3 days. Leading the way was the Grand National winner Many Clouds bought by David Minton. However there were 4 Grade 1 winners in the form of Saphir Du Rheu, All Yours, Silviniaco Conti and Whisper as well as Friday's Grade 3 winner Theinval and Tessie Greatrex's purchase Barters Hill in the Gr2 Champion Bumper. This took the firm's seasonal tally of Graded/Listed wins to a whopping 69.
More Grand National success
MANY CLOUDS' victory in the Crabbies Grand National was the third Winner in 5 years of the World's Greatest Steeplechase to be bought by Highflyer. This was also the 3rd winner of the race to be owned by Trevor Hemmings with all 3 being bought by David Minton following on from the successes of Hedgehunter (2005) and Ballabriggs (2011). Many Clouds recorded the second fastest National in history and carried the highest weight to victory since Red Rum in 1974. A great achievement from the horse, jockey Leighton Aspell, and trainer Oliver Sherwood.
Highflyer buys won 5 races at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival with Grade 1 victories being supplied by Peace And Co, Uxizandre and Cole Harden. Indeed the buying team were actually responsible for the 1-2-3 in both the World Hurdle and the Triumph Hurdle as well as the 1-2 in the Ryanair Chase. Cole Harden’s was Tessie Greatrex’s first Cheltenham Festival winner and the other 2 winners at the meeting bought by Anthony Bromley were Aux Ptit Soins (Coral Cup) and Cause Of Causes (NH Chase). As well as the 5 winners the team also bought 22 others who earned placed prizemoney during the great 4-day Festival.
More pre-Cheltenham successes
Highflyer-purchases have been continuing their winning ways in the top races over the past fortnight, led by the all-the-way Graded winner, Gitane du Berlais at Auteuil in France, who earned her owners a whopping €60,000. Irish Saint was a facile winner of the Gr 2 Pendil Novices’ Chase at Kempton whilst Kilcooley beat another Highflyer buy, Silsol, in the Gr 2 National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell. Different Gravey won a Listed hurdle and other impressive recent winner include Inner Drive, Chosen Well and the Grimthorpe Chase winner, Wayward Prince.