Grendisar (cheekpieces) is one of three high-profile purchases
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By David Baxter 2:30PM 20 JUL 2016
MIDDLEHAM PARK RACING have signalled intent to try and add further Group successes to their CV, with the syndicate acquiring a trio of Pattern-class performers, notably Winter Derby and Easter Classic hero Grendisar.
The Marco Botti-trained six-year-old was purchased privately, along with stablemate Naadirr, while Richard Hannon’s Burnt Sugar has also been added to the team.
All three horses will stay with their respective trainers, and Tim Palin, syndicate manager for Middleham Park, expressed his delight at the new acquisitions.
“We heard via one of our owners that Grendisar and Naadirr were available for sale to stay in the yard so we got a group of owners together and made an offer that was accepted and we’re delighted to have both on board,” Palin said.
In Grendisar, Middleham Park have a proven all-weather specialist, and Palin added: “His form is there for all to see. We’ve been watching his exploits from afar and have seen how well the trainer has done keeping him going year after year.
“Even though he’s a six-year-old entire he’s in the form of his life. There should be some residual value as a potential stallion abroad. He’s on a summer break and Marco intends to run him at Dundalk in October.”
An international campaign could come under consideration, however Palin added that the Winter Derby and Easter Classic are again on the agenda.
More to offer
Stablemate Naadirr has not won for over a year, but Palin thinks there is untapped potential in the five-year-old, who was last seen finishing sixth to Markaz in the Group 3 Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle.
“He’s five but vetted particularly well,” Palin said. “He’s a sprinter that’s a year younger than arguably sprinters peak at.”
A trip to Canada for the Grade 2 Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine in October is a possible target. Palin added: “We think there’s a Group race or two in him.”
A big handicap is the aim for four-year-old Burnt Sugar, who ran with credit at Royal Ascot to be sixth in the Wokingham, and like Naadirr, there is optimism he is yet to peak.
Palin said: “We think there’s a big race in him over six or seven furlongs. Richard was really keen to keep him. He’s got plenty of speed.”