Side of the Road
Al Duncan col
Side of the Road : 2012 bay mare
Owner :  Al Duncan
Katie Close Up

Pedigree

                                                                      Top Ville
                                        Beneficial
                                                                      Youthful
  Side of the Road (IRE)
  2012 bay mare
                                                                      Roselier
                                        Roses And Wine
                                                                      Lancastrians Wine

The family

Side of the Road is the 6th foal out of the Roselier mare Roses and Wine who raced in Ireland where she won and was placed in Point-to-Points and was also placed in a Hunter Chase at Gowran Park.
Irish Point winner Monbeg Rose, a full sister to 'Katie', was acquired by Gigginstown Stud for €60,000 in March '15. She won a novice hurdle, was also Listed placed, and place over fences.. Roses and Wine also has a 2014 filly by Jeremy, a 2015 colt by Arakan , a 2016 colt by Scorpion while in 2017 she produced a colt by Alkhaadem.

The second dam, Lancastrian's Wine was unraced but has bred winning chaser Another Native and the spectacular broodmare Lady Willmurt. Lady Willmurt has bred the bumper/multiple hurdle winner, Grade 2 placed De Plotting Shed (by Beneficial) and Listed-winning hurdler A Hare Breath (by Alkhaadem), who was also placed in the Grade 2 Lightening Novice Chase at Doncaster. Season 2017-18 introduced Global Citizen who won a Grade 2 hurdle.

Quite a family!!

About the sire

Trained by Geoff Wragg at Newmarket, Beneficial (bay horse born 1990) raced in each season from 2yr to 6yr, winning a couple of Group races over 10-12 furlongs. His best performance though came as a 4yr old when finishing 3rd in the Washington DC International at Laurel Park.

He was retired to stud at the Knockhouse Stud in Ireland in 1997 commanding a fee of €1,000. However, from modest beginnings the last decade has seen Beneficial sire a succession of classy NH performers. Until his death as a 23yr old in 2013, Beneficial excelled as a sire of top class National Hunt stock. His last crop are 3yr olds in 2017.

The best of his progeny are those classy jumpers and Cheltenham Festival winners  More of That, Cooldine, and Benefficient.
And, er, Well Disguised....   

Katie on the gallops
Form Summary

When Tinryland Stud owner Joe Walshe (but not, however, the Barnstorm-ing ex James Gang and former Eagles guitarist) approached Al Duncan at Tattersalls NH Sales in August 2015 urging him to cast a second eye over his Beneficial filly, Al was pretty unmoved having just acquired a Definite Article gelding.
Still, it was a nice day, sun shining, so Donald and Al set off to the filly's box, located at furthest point from the sales ring of course. Donald has since recommended to Tattersalls (IRE) that Quad Bikes be made available on such occasions........

The route march was well worth it as the smooth moving filly with attractive conformation certainly made a good impression - not least that she was the spitting image of Well Disguised, a 4-time winning Beneficial mare who Donald trained for 'Lucky' Dave Leslie and Al a few years back.
So, having fought off bidding from a top Irish female NH jockey (no, not Nina, the other one), we were all delighted to bring this lovely filly back across the Irish Sea to Dodlands Steading.

In September '15, we sent 'Katie' down the road to Tim Reed to complete her education, and upon returning a month later, she's been a regular member of the morning gallop squad with her new stable companions. During the first months in training, young NH store horses take to the experience differently, so having kept this filly going for a month or two, we did give her a break during the winter of 15-16 to strengthen and mature. And that she has most certainly done, as this mare has a striking, most attractive conformation standing at 16.1hh and a lovely nature too.

In 2016-17, Side of the Road ran with a certain amount of promise in a couple of bumpers, and finished off with a debut run over 2 miles in a novice hurdle at Perth in April '17. The mare has again done well at grass, and during the forthcoming season will be aimed at staying handicap hurdles after qualifying for a BHA mark in novice events.

Season win 2nd 3rd 4th other
2016-17 NH Flat 2
2016-17 hurdles         1
2017-18 hurdles         4
Current Season Form
31 January 18 Ayr : 2m 3f mares' handicap hurdle (Class 5 0-100) OR 95 heavy 8 ran (C Whillans (3)) - pulled up
Keen, soon mid division, struggling from 7th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out
Side of the Road didn't travel with her usual zest and was soon beaten.

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23 December 17 Newcastle : 2m 4½f mares' handicap hurdle (Class 4 0-120) OR 99 soft 8 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 6th (beaten 12l)            race video
Waited with, smooth headway to track leaders halfway, ridden and not quicken 2 out, one pace
First run in a handicap, Side of the Road acquitted herself quite well, jumping well and was on the heels of the leading group when they quickened for the line after 3 out. Taken off her feet at that stage, she did keep on to the line.

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3 December 17 Carlisle : 2m 4f novices' hurdle (Class 4 ) soft 9 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 9th (beaten 30l)                                                            race video
Held up in mid div, lost place 4 out, behind from 3 out
Our mare jumped well but wasn't able to keep contact with the main field from the bottom of the hill second time. This was her 3rd run in a novice hurdle, and we'd hope this is enough to be awarded a handicap mark.......around OR85? 

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15 November 17 Ayr : 2m 4½f novices' hurdle (Class 5) heavy 11 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 5th (beaten 17l)
Held up in rear, some headway from 3 out, never troubled leaders
Side of the Road put in a good round of jumping and travelled well for a long way, albeit off the pace in rear.  She continues to progress and will now need one more hurdles race to attain a BHA mark then aim for handicap hurdling.

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