The familiar red and blue quartered silks of Brocade Racing will be carried by Pull The Chord at Taunton today.
Garth and Anne Broom are the owners behind the Brocade name. Their silks have found their way to the winners’ enclosure on numerous occasions in recent years, thanks to the likes of Hey Big Spender and Golden Chieftain.
Retired farmers from Bradford-on-Tone near Taunton, they have had a great deal of enjoyment and success over the past decade or so. Indeed as a betting proposition, they would be showing a healthy profit in six of the last seven campaigns.
Hey Big Spender has been a wonderful chaser for connections, winning the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle on three occasions. He also won the valuable Betfred Classic Chase at Warwick in 2012, lumping top-weight over the 3m 5f trip in the process.
Golden Chieftain brought the owners Cheltenham Festival success in 2013 with victory in the JLT Speciality Handicap Chase. He’s only won once since that memorable day, though that came this winter at Fontwell and he appears to be back on a favourable handicap mark. He’s entered in the Betfred Classic at Warwick this weekend, though it would be a major surprise if he was to repeat the achievement of Hey Big Spender four years ago.
Native River is their latest talented chaser and he looks to have the potential to achieve even greater things. He won a Grade 2 novice chase at Newbury back in November and speaking to Racing UK after the race, Garth Broom was full of excitement for the winter ahead, saying: “At the start of the straight, I was calculating what second prize money would be, but then two out I started shouting. We thought we'd come here and see what we've got. We've always liked him, and Colin has always said he thought he was an RSA Chase horse.”
He then ran with great credit to be third at Kempton over Christmas in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase. The tight track probably didn’t suit that day though trainer Colin Tizzard hinted that the RSA was still the intended target in March. The galloping track and stiff finish at Prestbury Park ought to prove ideal.
Tomorrow’s runner is under the care of Philip Hobbs. Pull The Chord is three from five over hurdles and won comfortably at Exeter on his seasonal debut. He looks more than capable of following up, having won this same race a year ago.
More winners will inevitably come the way of Brocade Racing, but in Native River they have a chaser with the potential to follow in the hoofprints of Hey Big Spender. There’s even the chance that the owners could find themselves in the winners’ enclosure once again during that special week in March, maybe rubbing shoulders with the likes of Mr Ricci and Mr O’Leary.