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Hartforth : 2008 chestnut gelding
Owner : The Brave Lads Partnership
Hartforth profile


                                                                      Al Bahathri
  2008 chestnut gelding
                                                                      Desert King
                                        St. Edith

The family

When 31,000gns was forked out on St. Edith at Newmarket's December foal sale in 2000, a little more than a return of £680 courtesy of a 4th of 4 in a Pontefract maiden was no doubt envisaged.
Trained in the main by John Quinn in the North, St Edith was at best modest on the track herself. However, she is a half-sister to 3 fair Flat winners, and her dam Carnelly was a winner and Listed-placed in Ireland.
As a broodmare, St. Edith has proved more successful, and now has 5 individual winners to her credit. Best on the Flat to date has been the Italian-based, Listed placed 3-time winner Furia Ceca while in the UK, That's Dangerous was dual winner for Roger Charlton as a 2-yr-old, and Its All A Game is a 5-time winner. In 2016, the 3 yr old Kemsing won 4 races for Julia Fieldon.
More recently, St Edith's chestnut colt by Dragon Pulse achieved £35k at the Aug '17 Yearling Sales. She was covered by Alhebayeb in 2016.
Of course, Hartforth has now won 5 times over hurdles, and is by far the top UK earner (of more than £30,000) from the immediate family! 

About the sire

Top class as a racehorse when trained by Barry Hills, Haafhd (chestnut horse b 2001) won a couple of races at 2, including a listed 7f event at Newbury. But he stepped up markedly on that form during his second (and last) season winning the 2000 Guineas and Newmarket's 10f Champion Stakes to end his career on a high.
At stud - his first crop saw the racecourse in 2006 - Haafhd has sired over 125 individual winners worldwide, with an impressive winners/runners strike rate of over 50% . The best of his progeny on the flat have been Group 1 winner Junoob, Group 2 winners Silver Grecian & Noble Protector while Melody of Love & Swordhalf both won Group 3 events.
Now a dual purpose stallion, he is the sire of high class NH performers Countrywide Flame and Carlito Brigante.

A fine dual purpose stallion, now standing at Batsford Stud in Gloucestershire from 2017.

Hartforth in action
Form Summary

First glance at the profile of Hartforth before he joined our yard, would not mark the gelding out as the normal type of addition to the Dodland's string.

Bought as a yearling for 21,000guineas by James Bethell, Hartforth raced 24 times for the Middleham based handler from 2 to 5 years without winning. However, he did show plenty of indications of ability in being placed twice on the Flat and four times over hurdles.
And yet, he did reach a rating of 101 over hurdles during the 2011-12 season and that is when Callum rode the gelding in a Class 2 event at Sedgefield. At the time, Callum was struck by his excellent jumping and filed away the knowledge in his memory banks.
So when we heard that the gelding was for sale, we took a chance on the then 5-yr-old with a view to mixing his racing on the Flat and over Hurdles. In stepped a bunch of local owners to form The Brave Lads Partnership.

Well, what a season 2013-14 proved to be for Hartforth. Winning on his hurdling debut for us at Hexham, Hartforth showed progressive form in his next 6 starts, particularly when the going was soft. He won 2 further races, and arguably his best performance came at Ayr at their National meeting when 3rd in a Class 3 event.
Season 14-15 proved a bit tougher but Hartforth did come good, making all to win at Ayr in March over 3m 2f in testing conditions.
Hartforth started season 2015-16 on a mark of OR120, and things proved quite tough especially as the handicapper relented to drop him only 2lb. So. after a fine 3rd place at Carlisle over 2m 4f in November, his form dipped off.
But the gelding bounced back to form on his first outing in season 2016-17, winning an Ayr handicap hurdle (OR115) at odds of 50-1, to the delight of his loyal band of owners. He didn't trouble the judge on three further outings but he's back in training for this season. we'll see how the old fella goes  (he's raced nearly 50 times in a career which started at 2) but he'll stick to soft ground and staying trips in handicap hurdles.

Season win 2nd 3rd 4th other
2011-13 All weather   2
2011-13 flat 1 1   8
2011-13 hurdles   1 3   10
2013 Flat         2
2013-14 hurdles 3 2 1 1  
2014-15 hurdles 1 1   1 2
2015-16 hurdles     2   3
2016-17 hurdles 1       3
2017-18 hurdles         2
Current Season Form
2 January 18 Ayr : 3m ½f handicap hurdle (Class 4 0-115) OR 115 heavy 11 ran (C Whillans(3)) - 7th (beaten 52l)
Tracked leaders till pushed along halfway and dropped to rear, struggling 4 out and soon lost touch


3 Dec 17 Carlisle : 3m ½f hdcp hurdle (Northern Lights Series Final)(Class 2 0-125) OR 116 soft 10 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 7th (btn 30l) Video
Chased leading pair to 7th, soon outpaced, struggling after next, no danger after
Hartforth was kept fresh with this race in mind for some time, but seemed to lose interest around halfway.
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