Horses To Follow - Volume 1

Ian Robinson 07/10/2015

Over the next few weeks we will be profiling a selection of horses we believe should be added to your horse alert account.  

ADAM DU BRETEAU   (Jonjo O’ Neil)

A big white faced son of Network who fell and deposited Nina Carberry on the turf when held in 3rd position on his Irish point to point debut at Tinahely. He repeated the feat unseating Derek O’Connor at the last fence at Dromahane, when looking held in second place. Third time proved lucky when he produced a more polished jumping performance to win at Dromahane on soft ground in March. Fetched a tidy £280,000 at the Brightwells Cheltenham Sale in April, and has yet to come close to justifying that price tag.  He is clearly a highly strung individual who does not take the pre-race preliminaries in his stride. But once on the track he has a good cruising speed and travels strongly. After four spins round over hurdles his astute trainer placed him in a novice chase at Fontwell off a mark of 108, and in first-time blinkers. He looked set to play a big part in the finish until unshipping his rider after clipping heels four out. His trainer is unlikely to waste anymore time exploiting what looks to be a very lenient mark.


Routed a field of 6 winning by 20 lengths at Tinahely in March 2014 in a very good time which would have seen him a furlong clear in any other race on the day. Considering he was never off the bridle and could have gone faster this was an exceptional performance. He was trained by Gordon Elliot on that occasion but was subsequently transferred to Mouse Morris as Gigginstown shuffled their pack. He is a striking specimen by up and coming sire Saddler Maker. His win at Tinahely was on heavy ground and to my eye he would have a knee action which suggests his optimum conditions would see the mud flying.  Had some good form over hurdles last season, 3rd to Black Hercules beaten 2 lengths over 3 miles, 2nd to Douvan beaten 3 ½ lengths over 2 miles and not beaten when falling at the last in the Sefton Novices Hurdle at Aintree. Finished the season finishing 2nd behind Nicholas Canyon at in a Grade 1 Novice Hurdle at Punchestown which seemed to come too soon after Aintree. Given that the Mouse Morris yard was not firing last season, he is capable of taking highest order in the novice chase ranks and is one for the A list.

CASUAL APROACH (Gordon Elliot)  

The older brother of our own AN CAISTEAL NUADH. A huge horse that stands over 17 hands and was kept off the track by a series of niggles. He eventually made his debut in a point at Kilworth in November 2014 finishing second to the highly regarded Vinalhaven (later bought privately by Gigginstown and sent to Willie Mullins) in a 19 runner maiden. The front two were 19 lengths clear of the field and Casual Approach found his rival having the fitness edge on the run in having tried to make all. With subsequent winners Cadawill, Wood Pigeon and Indian Temple behind the form has a solid look. Having come out of that run with sore shins he was given some time off before being entrusted to the care of Gordon Elliot. After two educational runs in bumpers he ended last season the convincing winner of a novice hurdle at Limerick. He returned this season to win the Albany Hurdle at Navan, and will not head to the 3m novice hurdle at the Cheltenham meeting. He is a big raw galloper who will come into his own over fences, but as he continues to improve he is likely to do some damage this season in the interim. His full brother An Caisteal Nuadh is going well at home and there are still shares available – don’t be shy!

GOING FOR BROKE (Rebecca Curtis)

Owned by J P McManus, and on last season’s list. Won a soft ground bumper at Taunton before turning up in a warm novice hurdle at Newbury where he was soundly beaten by Rock the Kasbah by 16 lengths. It was a notable run as he was held up last, and only started to close when the race was over and he was well detached. It will have been a nice education and despite the fact he is not the biggest, he is well put together, athletic and jumps well. He returns a second season novice and will win more than his fair share.


Ran in two points at Dromahane in April and December 2014 finishing 4th and 2nd. Purchased privately by up and coming trainer David Dennis. Finished 3rd in a bumper at Worcester in May 2015  appearing to be travelling best coming into the straight and running out of steam. His home work has been very impressive and it cannot be to long before he is in the winner’s enclosure unless the trainer decides to handicap him first.

More selections soon.......


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