We train racehorses that win at Mark Bradstock Racing. With an attention to detail which is second to none coupled with fantastic facilities, our experienced staff know how to bring out the best in every horse we work with.
Our triumphs over the years are testament to our ability to choose, breed and develop each horse into successful and often winning athletes.
Sire: Jeremy (USA)
Dam: The Only Girl (IRE)
Jeffrey is one of the most exciting young horses that we have ever bought or seen!! By the popular sire Jeremy, he has a good pedigree on the dam side and is strong, well balanced with a wonderful attitude. We have backed him since the sale and he is already riding around the school looking like an older and very talented horse. He should come to hand quickly and is the sort to be very competitive in the Championship bumpers. Eligible for the valuable Goff’s Land Rover bumper, he should have an exciting first season and then, it is very easy to dream of the great things that he could achieve as an older horse.
If you are interested in buying a share of Jeffrey, or owning him outright, please do get in touch on 01235 760780.
Sire: Multiplex (GB)
Dam: Linen Line (GB)
Mickey is a beautiful three-year-old Multiplex progeny – a sire whose foals have had a great success rate in the past. He is big, athletic horse who is perfectly balanced and brimming with potential. We bought him very reasonably at the Goffs Sales this June, and were instantly won over by his delightful character and striking appearance.
If you are interested in buying a share of Mickey, or owning him outright, please do get in touch on 01235 760780.
Dam: Gentle Eyre (IRE)
Balinroab is a charming, gentle horse who has been under the guidance of different trainers having started life with Jonjo O’Neill and then moved onto trainer Richard Guest. He has only been with us a short while but is clearly more suited to the greater attention and slower pace offered at a smaller racing yard and is now starting to thrive. He has needed careful monitoring along with a personalised feeding programme to help maintain his weight. We are now hoping for a bit of rain so that we can find some safe ground to run him on to see just what he is capable of.
Sire: Kayf Tara (GB)
Dam: Plaid Maid (IRE)
Carruthers is one of the stars of our stables, and started racing at the age of four. Since then he has exceeded all of our expectations. He is a talented racehorse who also happens to be wise, kind and a character with incredible charm. He won over thirty thousand pounds in five starts over hurdles. His wins over fences include the Reynoldstown Novices’ at Ascot and the Mandarin Chase at Newbury. He put up a brave fight in the 2010 Gold Cup where he was narrowly beaten for third and ran a very gallant second in the ToteBowl Sport Chase at Aintree. After a season laid low with a stubborn virus that affected his muscle function, the fairytale continued when he was a heroic winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup in 2011 at Newbury. We believe there are still great things to come from this gorgeous horse, who has amassed over £327,000 in winnings so far.
Sire: Karinga Bay
Dam: Plaid Maid (IRE)
Coneygree is the second star at our stables and half-brother to Carruthers. While Coneygree is not as clever as his big brother he is just that bit braver and better on the racecourse, something he proved with the huge 2015 win at the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He’s had eight career wins to date with over £437,000 in winnings and was recently named Leading Chaser and Leading Novice Chaser of the 2014/15 National Hunt season at the inaugural Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA) awards. Lady ‘Chicky’ Oaksey received both prizes on behalf of Lord Oaksey, her late husband, who bred Coneygree. We can’t wait to see what Coneygree will achieve next in his racing career, but we expect big things.
Sire: Kayf Tara (GB)
Dam: Halona (GB)
Damby’s Star, known as Eric in the yard, is a real character who has has been besieged by problems stemming from a fractured pelvis in 2014. He has been badly affected by the viruses that are endemic in racing and has some chronic sacro iliac pain but we truly believe that we will get him right as he is a brilliant work horse and great little jumper. He was beginning to get it together when he fell at Exeter at the end of last season. He is looking for someone to lease him. Please get in touch with us on 01235 760780 if you would like to discuss taking him on.
Sire: Kayf Tara (GB)
Dam: Plaid Maid (IRE)
The youngest member of the wonder family, Rasher, as he is known at home, was a premature orphan who is not very big but just as brave as his illustrious brothers Coneygree and Carruthers. He should have finished the season as the Reynoldstown winner at Ascot, but was beaten by a very short head on the line by Big Bad John, whose jockey was in flagrant breech of the whip rules. There were many, including all of us, who thought that it would be much fairer if there was a guideline that allowed the stewards to alter the placings if they were affected by the breaking of a rule! After that, he was in great form having schooled with Coneygree at Ffos Llas and we were looking forward to running him in the Betfred Handicap Chase at Sandown but he really needs the soft ground, so that plan had to be abandoned due to the dry conditions. However, he is still a novice chaser and should be a force to be reckoned with in that sphere next season.
Dam: Prunella (IRE)
Blackdown Hills is a massive four-year-old presenting filly who previously ran in a couple of bumpers for another trainer. When she arrived she needed to be treated for some nasty ulcers and following some care and attention she is now working well. She won her first bumper, the Ladbrokes Standard National Hunt race, at Worcester by 1 ¼ lengths and we are looking forward to seeing her progress further next season. . It is always rewarding to see a horse that you have nurtured develop into a winning athlete, and she is just one example of some of the many horses we have helped over the years. She is an incredible jumper and with more time to mature we expect to see her improve further.
Sire: Midnight Legend (GB)
Dam: Marsh Court (GB)
Plantagenet is a good-looking Midnight Legend progeny who has recently been backed by Hadden and has impressed us with everything that he has done so far. This bay gelding has a great attitude and athleticism about him and should make a really nice horse for next season. When he went for his first canter on the gallops before going on his summer break, he looked every inch a racehorse travelling effortlessly up the hill. Having been turned out in the field with Carruthers, we are hoping he will learn a thing or two.
Sire: Oscar (IRE)
Robert’s Star known as Eddie, is typical Oscar horse; lightweight and athletic. He is always trying that little bit too hard to please and we have to be very careful not to overdo the work with him. He tries so hard at the races that he exhausts himself in anything soft, so he is in training at the moment in the hope that we can catch a bit of good ground and get him back in the winner’s enclosure next season.
Sire: Kalanisi (IRE)
Dam: Renvyle Society
Bloody Nose, known as Gus, is a beautiful, big, athletic old fashioned chaser who has run in a couple of bumpers but has been too immature to be able to prove his worth so far. He works extremely well at home and is a great jumper so we are hoping for good things from him when he eventually reaches maturity.
Sire: Presenting (GB)
Dam: In the Waves (IRE)
Cojack, who goes by the name of Rory at home, is a tough Presenting gelding who has impressive amounts of energy and stamina. He was ready to be put into faster work when he cut his frog on a stone that had worked its way to the surface in the extreme wet weather, while coming back from the gallops. With his foot now healing, we are ready to restart his training programme. Rory has great natural balance coupled with athleticism and should make up into a nice chaser.
Sire: King’s Theatre
Dam: Kon Tiky (FR)
Min Tiky (also known as Kiki) is out of a half sister to Azertyuiop who looked small and precocious when we bought her at Goff’s a couple of summers ago. She has not stopped growing since arriving and is now quite tall although will always be light framed. She has had sore shins and seemed to struggle to get over a virus last season. She ran at Huntingdon and Richard Johnson liked her but said that she was too weak to go through with her effort. After working much better at home, we ran her at Bangor hoping for a good show. Ridden by Lily, who knows her well but is inexperienced on the racecourse, she made Lily’s job close to impossible when she appeared to be unsteerable and nearly ran out on the first corner. We found that her bit had cut her tongue badly, which explained her odd behaviour, and we are optimistic that her issues can be put behind her as she begins her preparation for next season.
Sire: Ask (GB)
Dam: Lady Shackleton (IRE)
Nellie is a feisty little madam who arrived with an extreme dislike of humans! We have now won her round now and after some setbacks with niggling injuries, she had her first run in a bumper at the end of last season. She ran too free and faded disappointingly in a race won by a horse that she had worked extremely well with the week before. It may be that it was the end of a long season but I am quite sure that she will put that behind her next season.
Sire: Jeremy (USA)
Dam: Shara (IRE)
Jaisalmer (or Jai as he’s known on the yard) is a smashing little horse who has never stopped improving. He should have opened his account when unseating Nicko de Boinville with an uncharacteristically awkward jump at the last at Kempton. He had the odds-on favourite well beaten that day, and has improved physically for the summer break. He seems to stay well and we are hoping that he will continue to improve and make a top novice next season.
Sire: Presenting (GB)
Dam: Whoops A Daisy
Daisy, as she is known in the yard is a likeable filly who was impressive from the very first day that she stepped foot on the gallops and we were all devastated when she stopped very quickly in her first race at Ffos Llas. She was later found to be suffering from the thumps which is quite like an equine bout of the hiccups and caused by electrolyte imbalances. We have not come across this condition very often but other trainers said that they had horses who had suffered too and that there was no reason that it would happen again. However, we decided to leave no stone unturned and monitored her fractional electrolytes for the rest of the season. Her electrolyte balance is now back to normal but she was in need of a break so has enjoyed a summer holiday with Flintham and we are looking forward to getting her back to work soon.
Sire: Flemensfirth (USA)
Dam: Tart of Tipp (IRE)
Hayley is a massive 17 hand mare who had won a point to point in Ireland as a five year old before we bought her. The strain of doing that when she was clearly nowhere near fully mature had left her with some growing pains in her joints and so she has spent the year in the field to get over that. Before we decided that she needed that time, she had shown us a real engine which was not a surprise as she is out of a half sister to Plaid Maid who has given us Carruthers, Coneygree and Flintham. She is now so fat that she looks like a brood mare but we will give her a good long slow preparation and we cannot wait for the moment that she makes it to the racecourse.
Sire: Indian River (FR)
Dam: Stepitoutmary (IRE)
Known as Jack, he is everybody’s favourite in the yard. We bought him at the Cheltenham sale last year for £40k having won two point to points in Ireland. He took a bit of time to acclimatize to life in the UK and we had a bit of trouble with him tying up so he now lives in the field in the day and has an enlarged box at night which seems to suit him very well. He won easily at Ludlow ridden by Jaimie Moore who could not believe that we had bought him for so little and he was even more impressed when he finished fast up the Cheltenham hill having nearly been brought down three fences out. After that, he improved again and we were desperately disappointed that the ground dried so quickly at the end of the season and it was decided that he had too much potential as a chaser to be risked in tough ground. He has won over fences in the point to points in Ireland and did a lot of schooling with Coneygree in the run up to Punchestown which he did brilliantly so there’s plenty to look forward to!
Sire: Scorpion (IRE)
Dam: Don’t Waste It (IRE)
Bart is three-year-old gelding by Scorpion – a sire whose sons have a reputation for being a little highly strung. However, that was also said of Karinga Bay who is Coneygree’s sire, and our small set up with plenty of TLC is ideal for his type. Bart is a completely charming character, and we’re very excited by the potential he has already shown in training.
Heidi is a delightful miniature Shetland who has been with us since Alfie and Lily rode her in gymkhanas where she was rarely beaten. There was one particularly memorable incident at the local village show, when Mark was in charge of the lead rein. Alfie was just four years old and under Mark’s guidance they made a flying start to the apple bobbing. Mark hurled Alfie to the floor to retrieve his apple and although Alfie wasn’t quick they were still in with a chance, so Mark grabbed the child, threw him in the air and flew for home with Heidi scuttling behind him. Mark shrieked with delight as he crossed the line until he realised there were roars of laughter around him – Alfie was sitting on the ground at the other end of the course.
Soon afterwards Heidi retired from competitive life and became a travelling companion for the racehorses. Horses are herd animals and it makes a huge difference to them to have a friend both in the horsebox and in the racecourse stables.