Aintree successes help smash record
Highflyer sourced another 5 winners at the Aintree Grand National Festival of which 4 were at Grade 1 level. The highlight of the meeting for the team was the 1-2-3 clean sweep of the Gr 1 Aintree Hurdle with Buveur D’Air, My Tent Or Yours and The New One. Another back-to-back Cheltenham-Aintree scorer was the top novice chaser Might Bite who again beat the Highflyer-purchased Whisper into 2nd in the Gr 1 Novices Chase over 3 miles. The Liverpool Stayers Hurdle went to Yanworth, who was purchased as 3yo store for £16,000 and this marked his 4th Graded success of the season and his 2nd at the highest level. San Benedeto was the other Gr 1 winner bought by Anthony Bromley when notching up his 6th victory of the campaign. This brought Highflyer’s seasonal tally of Graded/Listed winners to a record-breaking 74 and there are still 3 weekends of the season still to go.
Record in sight
Highflyer’s record tally of 71 Listed/Graded races won in a single season (established in the 2014-15 NH season) is in grave danger of being beaten in the current 2016-17 season. Currently Highflyer-sourced horses have won 69 Graded/Listed races with 11 of them at Grade 1 level including Buveur D’Air’s Champion Hurdle, Altior’s Arkle, Might Bite’s RSA Chase and Willoughby Court’s Neptune Novice Hurdle. There is a strong team of Highflyer buys heading for Aintree next week, so hopes are high that a new record will be set during the Grand National meeting.
Spectacular results at Cheltenham
After the first two days of the Cheltenham Festival, Highflyer-sourced horses have already notched up five victories and 15 places for 12 different trainers. The buying team have been responsible for the 1-2 in the Gr1 Champion Hurdle (Buveur D'Air and My Tent Or Yours), the Gr1 Arkle (Altior and Cloudy Dream), the Gr1 RSA chase (Might Bite and Whisper), plus the 1-3 in the Gr1 Neptune Novices Hurdle (Willoughby Court and Messire Des Obeaux). Indeed the Champion Hurdle was a particularly noteworthy one as Highflyers buys filled 6 of the first 7 home.
Cheltenham Festival 2017
The Festival dawns with about 90 horses sourced by the Highflyer Team due to run over the 4-day Festival.
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Betbright Day at Kempton on Saturday 25 February was a special one for Anthony Bromley as he was responsible for the first four winners on the card including 3 Graded events. All four victors could now be heading for the Cheltenham Festival – River Frost (Martin Pipe Hurdle), Master Blueyes (Triumph Hurdle), Frodon (JLT Novices Chase) and River Wylde (Supreme Novices Hurdle). These 3 Graded winners took Highflyer’s seasonal tally of Graded/Listed winners to 60 and the company’s record of 71 in a season (2105) now looks under threat.
Grade 2 double
Many of the Cheltenham Trials continue to go the way of Highflyer-sourced horses as both Yanworth (Gr 2 Kingwell Hurdle) and Zarkandar (Gr 2 Rendlesham Hurdle) took the honours on the weekend of 19 February. Indeed, Zarkandar led a 1-2 for Highflyer buys as he beat Aux Ptits Soins at Haydock and Yanworth was pushed hard by Sceau Royal who is now also Champion Hurdle-bound, whilst the smart chaser Saphir Du Rheu booked his place in the Gold Cup line-up with a smooth victory in the Ivan Straker Chase at Kelso.
With 10 winners over the weekend, Highflyer-bought horses are continuing to set the pace in the run-up to the Cheltenham Festival. The shining star was undoubtedly Altior, who sauntered to victory against his elders in the Gr.2 Game Spirit Chase at Newbury. He is now a heavily odds-on favourite for the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham. Other smart prospects to win over the last four days included Daphne Du Clos (Listed bumper), Ballyandy (Gr.3 Betfair Hurdle), Politologue and Impulsive Star – all of which head to Cheltenham with high hopes in their respective races there.
Flawless start to February
The first weekend of February saw Highflyer-bought horses win 12 races including the first five races on Musselburgh’s Trials Day on Sunday, 5th February. However, the most prestigious winner of the dozen won Top Notch is the Gr.1 Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown – this was the third consecutive victory in this race for the owners (Simon Munir and Isaac Souede) and for jockey Daryl Jacob, following other Highflyer-bought victors Bristol De Mai and Gitane Due Berlais. The other big winner on the Sandown card was another Anthony Bromley purchase, namely Buveur D’Air who has since shot to prominence in the Champion Hurdle betting and may even go off as favourite on the big day in March. Highlights for the Musselburgh 2-day Festival include Frodon, Lough Derg Spirit and Minella Charmer who will all be seen next at the Cheltenham Festival.