All dreams have to start somewhere no matter who you are & more often than not require a great deal of patience in order to flourish. When it comes to racehorses, breeders are all to aware of that type of phycology however the rewards can be exhilarating & very much self fulfilling to those who succeed.
With CONSTITUTION HILL roaring up the Cheltenham hill last week to secure victory in the Grade 1 Champion Hurdle, he not only maintained his unbeaten record, but also secured Yorton the bragging rights of conceiving the last three winners of the championship race at the stud. The Michael Buckley owned champion was following in the immediate footsteps of the Dr Guy bred & dual Champion Hurdler, HONEYSUCKLE who duly obliged herself thirty minutes later in the Mares Hurdle on what turned out to be an iconic day for the sport.
Sally Noot is the lucky breeder of Constitution Hill who chose Blue Bresil back in the Spring of 2016 for her King’s Theatre mare, Queen Of The Stage & who is to say the the Nicky Henderson trained 6yo won’t make it FOUR for Yorton next year if kept in the hurdling division.
QUICK DOUBLE FOR PETHER’S MOON
The Cheltenham dust did not have long to settle before the Yorton team were smiling again with two sons of Pether’s Moon winning in the colours of their breeders. Last Saturday (18/3/23), LUNAR CHIEF (5yo G) won at the first time of asking in the Bumper at Newcastle for Malton based trainer Ruth Jefferson. Bred under her late father’s name Malcolm, the Jefferson family have been loyal supporters of Yorton over the years & look to have a smart prospect with this stoutly bred youngster.
A little under 24hrs later, another son of the Yorton resident entered the winners enclosure for the first time at Carlisle for trainer Tom Lacey. BIG BLUE MOON, bred by the Barrett & Meredith axis, had been third on his two previous runs but there was no doubt about this victory as he won comfortably & looks set to progress from here.
CHIEF A ‘VERY NICE’ HORSE SAYS TRAINER
Not to be outdone by his stable companion, GENTLEWAVE hit the target on Monday (20/3/23) with the Liz Lucas (Swanbridge) bred SENOR CHIEF scoring in hardy fashion for Henry de Bromhead at Navan. The 6yo gelding has won FOUR races & placed twice from all his starts to date & stepped up in trip again from his last run, had the beating of well regarded Landrake. de Bromhead commented after the race “he is a lovely horse. I like the way he ground it out there. He’s still a baby and improving all the time. He qualifies for the Red Mills final at Punchestown and that’s where we will probably go”