Unnamed
Buyers Club col
Unnamed : 2013 bay gelding
Owner :  The Buyers Club
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Pedigree

                                                                      Montjeu
                                        Scorpion
                                                                      Ardmelody
  Unnamed
  2013 bay gelding
                                                                      Witness Box
                                        High Court Action
                                                                      Knockaday

The family

The unraced High Court Action has produced 6 foals thus far (autumn 2017) with her only runners being Hannah's Gold - placed in handicap hurdles - and Canuwest - an Irish Point winner . Canuwest was actually sold to join Henderson's yard for £75k, but sadly died as a 5yr old before running under Rules.
She also has a 4yr old gelding by Scorpion (b 2012), a colt by Mountain High (b 2015) and a filly (b 2016)  by Imperial Monarch. In 2016, she was covered by Ask.

The second dam Knockaday was unraced but has bred a couple of horses placed in Irish bumpers. Eye-catchingly, she is a full sister to top class hurdler Large Action, who Oliver Sherwood trained to win a Cleeve Hurdle & a Hatton's Grace, as well as being placed a couple of times in the Champion Hurdle. Knockaday is also a half sister to One More Knight who included a Listed Chase amongst his 8 wins over jumps.
Most recently, the family also includes 7-time winning chaser Wood Yer, trained by Nigel T-D, who is out of a half-sister to High Court Action.

 

About the sire

As a half brother to several at least smart 12f winners, it was unlikely that Scorpion (bay horse, born 2002) would see a racecourse as a 2yr old. And so it proved. However, under the handling of Aiden O'Brien, Scorpion won an English Classic at 3 (St. Leger) and Epsom's Coronation Stakes as a 5yr old. A top class racehorse. 
Retired to Coolmore's NH Castle Hyde Stud in 2008, he was given every chance of success by covering books of mares approaching 300 in number in his early years. He has re-located to Shade Oak Stud in Shropshire for 2017.
And that may have been a hasty move, as Scorpion had a fantastic 2016-17 season as a sire. In April 2016, Jessica Harrington trained Don't Touch It to provide Scorpion with his first Grade 1 success, and Scorpiancer has followed up a Grade 1 chase success at Belmont Park in September '16 with another in the USA in May '17. Might Bite's Grade 1 successes at both Cheltenham & Aintree 2017 Festivals have followed and with the likes of Mullins, Nicholls and Henderson training his stock, more success seems assured.

Gallop April 17
Form Summary

The hammer had not long fallen on Lot 101 at the 2016 edition of the Tattersalls (Ireland) August NH Store Sale, when self-appointed bloodstock agent Al Duncan found himself gazing over the paddocks as a recent €52,000 sale (Lot 110) was the focus of attention of photographers. Standing alongside, also admiring the Gerry Griffin buy was Irish horseman David Crimmons and conversation soon turned to this Scorpion gelding. 'He was a bit of a snip at €3.2k', says David 'and I've noted him in my catalogue - and I don't note down that many!'
Such unsolicited praise from unconnected experts round the sales ring is not an every day occurrence, and Callum could well have bought wisely on behalf of The Buyers Club. The whole team are delighted that this nice, good sized gelding is coming over to Dodlands Steading, although he wasn't the finished article by any means at that stage, needing a wee bit time to furnish into his frame.

'Sting' was sent down the road to Hexham to Tim Reed's yard to complete his education. Tim has done an excellent job with our young NH Stores over the last couple of years, and is particularly patient with the backward sorts. (Incidentally, the term 'backward' is not a criticism, but merely used to describe the mental nature and physically developed condition of a horse at a point in time. Most NH trainers in the UK & Eire acquire this type of horse from the sales, where, quite normally, the vendor has not done much work on the horse pre-sales.)

Things were taken quite steadily with 'Sting' last season (2016-17), with care taken not to push too much work into the gelding until his development could withstand it. And looking at this rangy gelding at summer grass this year, he is maturing and strengthening in a promising fashion.
You can tell we think a lot of this youngster, but it may not be until Spring 2018 until he makes a racecourse debut.

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2017-18 NH Flat  
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