MAKTHECAT 3 shares remaining
Trainer: Olly Murphy, Wilmcote, Warwickshire
Breeding: by Makfi out of Troiecat (One Cool Cat)
Details: Half brother to stakes performers London Protocol, Amor De Ma Vida and High As A Kite (4 Listed wins, including the Norwegian Derby).
This strong four-year-old gelding is a very exciting recruit to the hurdling sphere. Having run second in a junior bumper (National Hunt Flat race) over 1m6f on his debut, he has since been campaigned exclusively over shorter distances on the flat.
Although he managed to win a Southwell novice event over a mile, Olly and I feel certain that he ought to have more to come both for a step back up in trip and less forceful riding tactics.
The form of the junior bumper could not be stronger: the winner and third both won Listed races within two starts of the Huntingdon race; and both ran in the Champion Bumper, a notoriously difficult contest for four-year-olds, with Ocean Wind managing an impressive sixth of 23 starters. They were rated 130 and 118 respectively ahead of that Champion Bumper.
Since then, Ocean Wind has gone on to be rated near 100 on the flat (over staying trips), and the fourth placed horse, Shinobi, bolted up in a novice hurdle by seven lengths. And the sixth horse, Hooper, recently won his only subsequent start.
Take a look at the RWP columns (subsequent Runs, Wins, Places) to see how well this form is working out!
We're obviously very excited about stepping this lad back up in trip to what we feel will be his metier, and we were delighted to secure him for 22,000 guineas (£23,100).
As of mid-September, Mak is having a short break to freshen up prior to going into pre-training at Charlie Poste and Francesca Nimmo's excellent 'Swiss finishing school'. He'll be back at Olly's in late October with a view to making his hurdling debut in December.
He is syndicated into eleven equal shares, each at a cost of £4,000, which covers purchase and all racing costs until 31st August 2021. A payment plan is available on request. Contact Matt directly at for more information and/or to reserve a place.
We have a very exciting team of novice hurdlers for the 2020/21 campaign, and I'm confident Olly will get the best out of this well-bred four-year-old with excellent form credentials.