Paper Roses
Eileen Smith col
Paper Roses : 2011 bay mare
Owner :  Mrs Eileen Smith
Niamh face photo


  Paper Roses (IRE)
  2011 bay mare
                                                                      Old Vic
                                        Rose Vic
                                                                      Greek Melody

The family

'Niamh' is the first progeny of the unraced mare Rose Vic, a daughter of the excellent NH sire Old Vic, and the elder sister to Paper Promise.
Rose Vic also has Way Out West, a gelding (b 2013) by Westerner (bought by the Crawford Bros. in August '16 for €9k, won a bumper in May '17, sold for £58k 2 weeks later!), a filly (b 2014) also by Westerner, a 2016 filly by Califet, and a colt (b 2017) by Jet Away.
The grand dam, Greek Melody, was placed in 4 bumpers before prevailing in a similar event over 2½ miles at Dundalk in the mid 90s. She followed that up with a 3rd place again over 2½ miles in her sole hurdle race.
As a broodmare, she has bred 3 winners, all achieving black type, in the mare Best Wait (placed in a Royal Bond), Grade 3 placed Spartan Angel and Grade 1 placed Arrive Sir Clive.
The 3rd dam Kazama, placed in France, has proved an excellent broodmare, with 7 individual winners from 8 foals. The best of these
was race mare Kiora, Group 3 placed on the level, Listed placed over
hurdles, the winner of 6 races in all.

About the sire

Gamut (bay horse, born 1999) raced in each of 5 seasons from 2 to 6 when trained by Sir Michael Stoute in the early 2000s. He won 6 races, and was ridden by Keiron Fallon in each of those victories.
And he showed himself as a top class racehorse, with all those wins coming at around 12f, including the Group 1 Grand prix de Saint-Cloud as a 5yr old. 

At stud, Gamut was initially marketed as a dual purpose sire while standing at Sunnyhill Stud in Ireland before moving on to Rosshill Farm stud (Co. Galway) in 2014, where his progeny have been almost totally NH focused (Stud fee €3k).
Road to Riches is from Gamut's first crop and is a top class chaser (a dual Grade 1 winner), as Gamut has built a reputation as a sire of strong gallopers. From his 3rd crop, Joshua Lane finished 3rd in the 2014 Festival Bumper, and more recently his sons Road to Respect and Any Drama have kept the flag flying. 

Neve jumping
Form Summary

In the last decade, there has been no better barometer of the World Financial Market than Bloodstock Sales. The market crashes of 2008 / 09 were quickly reflected in the downturn in all bloodstock sales around the world, obviously more keenly felt at the yearling sales at Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland and Tattersalls. National Hunt sales (Tattersall, Goffs, and the then DBS) did not escape with huge drops in median, average and numbers sold.
Whilst the foal levels were still high, buyers were overwhelmed with lots during 2010-11 with figures of 50% unsold not uncommon. Well, 2014 saw bloodstock companies reporting returns to the level of 2007. Since 2014, our pocket has always favoured the Tattersalls Ireland 3 day (now 2 day) August NH Store Sale, ranked below the major NH sales of May, June & July but with many a gem to be found.
Having been impressed with the strong, galloping nature of the produce of Gamut, and having this confirmed with experience that Callum has advised whilst employed by large yards south of the border, we set out with a few of his progeny marked in our inspection list at the NH Sale in August 2014. 
And we were delighted to come home with this lovely filly, plus the gelding Keyboard Gangster.

Anyway, 'Niamh' had a full season of training in 2014-15, finished off with a racecourse gallop at Kelso in May before being turned out to grass for that summer. Her racecourse debut came in a Musselburgh bumper in November 2015 where she ran very well to finish 3rd of 12 beaten just 3l. She followed up in the middle of March '16 with an excellent 2nd place in another bumper, travelling very well but just outlasted by the well regarded winner, in the process finishing 40 lengths clear of the third horse!
Paper Roses continued very much in the same vein in 2016-17 season, running some very good and promising races, being placed but not having much luck in terms of winning. She ended the season finishing 2nd at Perth in April ' 17 just failing by a length to peg back Miss Maiden Over in a 2m 4f handicap hurdle.

Paper Roses, an athletic filly, not overbig in stature, starts this season on a BHA mark of 112, and will remain over hurdles at around the 2m - 2m 4f distance and is another mare we'd love to win a race with.

Season win 2nd 3rd 4th other
2015-16 NH Flat 1 1  
2016-17 NH Flat     1    
2016-17 hurdles   1 1   3
2017-18 hurdles   2   1 1
Current Season Form
23 March 18 Sedgefield : 2m 1f mares novice hurdle  (Class 4) soft 10 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 4th beaten 11l                                                     video
Tracked leaders, ridden after 3 out, one pace and no impression from 2 out
Paper Roses again wasn't at her best here. She looked a bit stiff behind after the race and we'll have her checked out during the week and see if anything comes to light. 


1 January 18 Catterick : 2m mares novice hurdle  (Class 4) soft 7 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 5th beaten 20l
Prominent, ridden after 3 out, weakened 2 out
Oh well......Paper Roses started favourite and came into the race with the best form but ran a below par race. For a horse that usually travels so well, there were early warning indications as she was being nudged along soon in the back straight. 


3 Dec 17 Carlisle : 2m 4f hdcp hurdle (Northern Lights Mares Series Final) (Class 2 0-125) OR 112 soft 7 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 2nd (btn hd) video
Tracked leaders going well, smooth headway to lead 3 out, headed last, kept on well flat, just failed
Heart-stopping really. Paper Roses, under a top class ride from Callum, just failed to win this good prize. Carrying top weight, on ground far from suitable, she gave her all, battling on to the line. She'll probably need time to recover, but an easier opportunity will be sought next time. 


15 Nov Ayr : 2m 4½f hdcp hurdle (Northern Lights Mares Series) (Class 4 0-120) OR 112 Class 4 Heavy 11 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 2nd btn 5l
In rear, good headway into mid div after 5th, joined leaders 4 out, disputed lead from 3 out to appr last, ridden and no extra
Marvellous seasonal debut from the mare, travelling well and jumping soundly. She held every chance as she drew clear with the well handicapped, in-form winner after 3 out but Attention Seaker put her flat pace to good use after the last. Possible tilt at Carlisle finals day in December?
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