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)
Another four year old by Jeremy, he is also known in the yard as ASBO as he is a complete yob. Lovable, but always up to something, he is showing signs of being properly talented although his bones were slow to remodel with training. Following his summer break he will do a lot of road work before starting his training proper. He should be very competitive in a bumper.
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.
Carruthers has continued to be a wonderful servant teaching Lily Bradstock the ropes on the point to point field before finally retiring aged 15 last summer. He comes back to the yard in the winter and is multi-talented. He still loves to lead the schooling but is also happy to give any owner’s children rides around the yard!
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.
Coneygree has suffered four different fractures since his wonderful all conquering season. We have nursed him back repeatedly and he has continued to do us proud, finishing second in the Betfair Chase at Haydock, third in the Punchestown Gold Cup and came back after yet another fracture to finish a gallant running-on third under top weight at Cheltenham this season! We have always been guided by him and he made it clear to Nico at Ascot this Spring that, although he was happy bowling along in front jumping superbly, he did not feel able to change up the gears when asked and it was immediately decided that he would be retired. A lot of well-respected trainers such as Willie Mullins have kindly complimented us on retiring him when he is still sound enough to have an alternative career and that is exactly what he is learning at the moment. He loves parading and people looking at him, so we are going to see how he takes to a bit of ROR showing and see what the future brings.
Sire: Kayf Tara (GB)
Dam: Plaid Maid (IRE)
Flintham suffered from a tendonitis after he was cruelly robbed of the Reynoldstown by Big Bad John who beat him by a short head. There is no other sport where it is possible to win by breaking a rule (Big Bad John’s jockey was given the maximum ban and fine for misuse of the whip). So our little hero was robbed of his biggest win. It has been made even harder as he has been disappointing during the ’17 –’18 season and the probable reason for this came to light after his latest run at Chepstow where he was found to have damaged a tendon. He will be given plenty of time off as there would be no point getting him back too soon and on the wrong ground, and we are hopeful that he will come back better than ever as a novice chaser with plenty of experience under his belt.
Sire: Oscar (IRE)
Roberts Star is almost the perfect racehorse at his level. He is almost never out of the first three and has won over hurdles and fences since Christmas ‘17. He is often beaten by the shortest of distances and some may think that he is a rogue but that is absolutely not the case; he is just sometimes a little bit slow to react and can be beaten on the line if surprised by a fast finisher. In fact, he tries so hard that he takes a lot out of himself and it is only this year that he has had the strength to put together a string of races. He won well at Huntingdon at the beginning of last season but ran uncharacteristically badly at Fontwell and Hereford after which he was found to have damaged his suspensory ligaments, so he will be off for a year.
Sire: Jeremy (USA)
Dam: Shara (IRE)
Jaisalmer is by Jeremy out of a flat bred mare and he won two novice hurdles last season. This season we schooled him over fences which he jumps particularly well, but the jury is out as to whether he is just a bit too careful. It would be premature to make that judgement now though as he did not have his favoured wet, soft ground and has had a season full of niggles. He has had a wind op this summer and should be well handicapped over hurdles and fences when he comes back. He needs the soft ground to be seen at his best, but is light framed and does not mind the fast ground so we may run him through August ’19, which will be good for his confidence.
Sire: Flemensfirth (USA)
Dam: Tart of Tipp (IRE)
Hayley is a good looking and massive daughter of Flemensfirth out of a half sister to Plaid Maid who we found hard to resist when she went to the Cheltenham sale in 2016. When we started to train her we realised she had been over-worked while young so we gave her time off and she came back at the beginning of the ’17-’18 season. We were excited to discover that she had a lot of her uncle Coneygree’s traits, in that she could set a fierce gallop and did not want to be passed.
She ran relentlessly in her race at Southwell but, unfortunately she was jumping so badly right that she was giving away 10 lengths at each hurdle and she tired so quickly that Nicko de Boinville had to pull her up before the finish. The weather was then against her and she picked up a pelvis injury at home. She was a fantastic patient and we were delighted to see her gallop happily across the field when she was turned out after a long time confined to her box.
Hayley made an incredible recovery from her fractured pelvis but was a victim of the lack of rain this year and it was decided that it was time to put her in foal. She is a strong, big mare out of a half-sister to the great Plaid Maid (mother of Coneygree and his brothers) and so we are hopeful that she will breed something incredible from her mating with Cityscape.
Sire: Indian River (FR)
Dam: Stepitoutmary (IRE)
We bought Step Back from the May ’17 sale at Cheltenham relatively cheaply, considering that he had won three point to points in Ireland. I suspect that he was in our price range because he is not an imposing individual and has very flat feet, but what a star he has been! He is difficult to train with the mixture of his flat feet and fragile muscles, but he has won every season and finished his novice year with a fantastically impressive victory in the Bet 365 (previously the Whitbread) at Sandown.
This season he was frustrated, like so many, by the lack of soft ground and lost a shoe when running a fine race in the Classic Chase at Warwick before running in the National. His right-handed bias reappeared at Aintree, but it was not affecting him too badly around the first circuit where he jumped brilliantly and looked to be enjoying himself! We were all getting quite excited as stamina is his strong suite, but he lost his action and bruised a foot crossing a path when the field had to be diverted around the first fence, after which he jumped violently right before being pulled up at the Canal Turn. The right-handedness is very frustrating because he never does it at home and not always at the racecourse (he won very well at Fakenham!!). He proved that a RH track really helps him when running another brave race in the Bet 365 this season although the ground was too fast, and his feet were hurting him. We may go to Ireland with him next year as they have many more good tracks that are right-handed but there is definitely another good race in him!
Sire: Scorpion (IRE)
Dam: Don’t Waste It (IRE)
This is a super elegant big moving son of Scorpion, who is still developing. He finds everything very easy and there is no knowing how good he may be as nothing seems to be a problem to him . He ran on ground that was far too soft at Hereford in the Autumn and took a bit of time to get over that. We decided that it would be good for his confidence to run him in a point to point to start him off and he was an impressive winner of a maiden in April. His confidence soared and we were keen on his chances when he ran at Warwick in a novice hurdle in May. He was a bit green but made good ground to be very competitive turning for home when his stride shortened, and so Nicko de Boinville let him come home quietly. He bravely ran on again after the last to finish only a length behind the well fancied Final Shot but was lame when we got him back to the stable and he has damaged his knee. Further investigation will determine the extent of the problem, but we are hopeful that he will make a full recovery.
Sire: Bonbon Rose
Born 2014 and by Bon Bon Rose. He is a strong old fashioned chaser type who got over a tick borne disease that affected all of his joints to win well at Fontwell in March ‘19. He needs the soft ground so did not get another run, but he is doing very well on a slightly longer summer holiday and will be a force to be reckoned with in staying novice hurdles if we ever get any proper soft ground again!
Sire: No Risk At All
Known as Clyde in the yard, he is a small but powerful son of No Risk at All, who has had a very good first season at stud. He was going well and fancied to run well in a bumper when he suffered from some sore shins and was put away to rest. He works well but was making a bit of a noise so we have given him a wind op and he will run through the summer, although we are very hopeful that he will be better than just a summer jumper.
Sire: Sulamani (IRE)
Dam: Kentford Grebe (GB)
This is a tough little fellow who we bought off Vere Phillips. He is very sharp and shows a good turn of foot. He had an accident coming off the horse box in the middle of the season and then was not quite right so has been given an early short holiday and will be coming back in very soon to run through the summer.
Dam: Maid of Oaksey
We are delighted to welcome the first edition of the new generation of our favourite family BB, who is the first foal of Maid of Oaksey (half sister of Carruthers, Coneygree and Flintham) and by Malinas. He has been extremely straight forward to back and ride away which is very good news as he seems to have the natural strength and stamina of his uncles and none of the quirks of his mother. He has been a pleasure to train so far, and we were very pleased with his first run on ground that was faster than ideal at Fontwell. He got murdered on the bottom bend but ran on determinedly up the straight and was finishing faster than them all.
Sire: Diamond Boy
Dam: Dam Rose Caline
Idols’s Eye joined us last summer as an unbroken 3 year old and he has been a pleasure to deal with at all times. He is by Diamond Boy (sire of good horses such as Grand Sancy) out of a relation to the sire Bonbon Rose. He works like the well-bred horse that he is and ran with credit in a bumper. He spooked on the first bend and was too free after a slap on the neck, so he was running out of gas when he ran wide and green into the straight, but there is plenty of improvement in him and we are excited about his prospects for next year.
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.
Sire: Kayf Tara (GB)
Dam: Halona (GB)
Eric is a very important part of the Old Manor team as he is a brilliant and adaptable work horse, so is invaluable for work with our better horses such as Coneygree and Step Back. He works hard at this job but managed to save a bit for Didmarton where he finished fifth in one of the most competitive restricted races of the year. The ground then became too firm for him and so his only run since was at Peper Harrow, where he finished third despite starting slowly and making a terrible mistake at a crucial moment.
Otherwise known as Kevin, we were delighted to be asked to have him for point to pointing and hunter-chasing at the beginning of last season. He had lost his way since being a top novice with Paul Nicholls four years ago, and was very sensitive in his back when he first came. We paid a lot of attention to that and Lily spent a lot of time cheering him up after which he obliged at the first time of asking at Larkhill in December. He followed up that win with a win in a competitive Ladies at the Heythrop, which qualified him for the Foxhunter’s at the CheltenhamFestival. He ran a brave race to finish 9th of 24 in ground that was far too soft for him. We brought him back to a point to point at Lockinge where he cruised round in a two runner race, before putting up a brilliant effort to win the four miler at Cheltenham in April. He is eleven now but that was his best run for some time so we are looking forward to what he can do in that sphere next year.
We have greatly enjoyed rejuvenating Kevin and would very much like to have others who may need the extra TLC that we have to offer here at the Old Manor. Please get in touch if you think we could help you.