A Look Ahead (TDN Article)

4th March 2016
1) Horse you are most looking forward to seeing this season?

G&T P-G: While it might not be fashionable, there is nothing better than watching a high-class stayer. Order of St George (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) looked the best 3-year-old stayer we have seen in a long time when routing a high-class field in the G1 Irish St Leger. Does Aidan O’Brien have another stayer of the calibre of Yeats? We firmly believe so. A dark horse to follow would be D’Niro (Ire) (Big Bad Bob {Ire}), a gorgeous individual who was a runaway Kempton maiden winner in November. He will surely progress at three.

2) A stallion who could feature prominently (doesn’t have to be first season)?

G&T P-G: We were very impressed with the Nathaniel (GB) yearlings last year. While we doubt that he will have early 2-year-old winners, we are already hearing positive vibes from the trainers and expect to see several winners by the autumn. We bought 50% of Showcasing (GB) for Haunui Farm in New Zealand when he retired to stud. The results to date in both hemispheres have been impressive. Whitsbury Manor Stud have done a sterling job with him in Europe and we expect Showcasing to continue to be a strong influence for early speed in years to come.

3) Positive change you would like to see for the industry in 2016?

G&T P-G: We must hope that the continued strength of the Australasian yearling sales transfers to the Northern Hemisphere later in the year. There is no doubt that the Australian yearling market reflects their excellent prize-money. However, the Australian auction companies have done a magnificent job in attracting a considerable amount of Chinese money to their sales, which has driven the strong market. So our wish is that the focus of wealthy Chinese investors may become more global.

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22, Ley Road
Stetchworth
Suffolk
CB8 9TS

TOM PRITCHARD-GORDON
Tel : (+44) 7766 012186
email : tompgordon@hotmail.com

GRANT PRITCHARD-GORDON
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