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.
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.