Mark Usher Racing

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2020 Rowdown Nursery


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Owner:  Rowdown Nursery



The enjoyment and success of the initial Nursery project here at Rowdown Stables has encouraged me to set up a similar Partnership for 2019/20.The accounts for the first Partnership show that each shareholder received a third of their initial investment as a dividend.This combined with the excitement of the involvement with three 2 year olds must emphasise the benefit of the Nursery concept.

The following is a brief summary of the yearlings bought for the new Partnership; if you follow this link you can see each horse in their Boxes with a brief overlay of their pedigrees; and if you go here you can see the Charm Spirit gelding working between Arlecchino's Leap & The Bay Warrior on the morning of the 7th of April 2020.

Spirit of Rowdown, Bay gelding foaled 2nd April by Charm Spirit out of Columella by Kyllachy

Charm Spirit was twice a Group 1 winner over one mile winning the Prix Moulin at Longchamp and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot. He has made a great start to his stallion career siring winners of over a hundred races, several of them black type performers.Columella won twice as a 2 year old over 5 and 7 furlongs and she has already produced two 2 year old winners.He is bred to be and looks every inch a 2 year old. At 3,000 gns he looks well bought .He was not particularly well presented at the Sales and has already started to improve massively whilst being broken in.(Plus 10 qualified)* You can see some more details of him here. And if you follow this link you can see him on the move at the end of November. And here he is working either side of Arlecchino's Leap and the Bay Warrior on the 7th of April. After three runs in Maiden company he ran reasonably to be fourth is his first Nursery, at Kempton in the second week of August, before following up with an improved run to be second over seven furlongs in a competitive Lingfield Nursery at the end of the month; he should continue to be quietly progressive and should be well capable of winning a Nursery; and which he duly did over eight furlongs at Chelmsford in the second week of November. He then followed up with another decent performance in an extended eight furlong Nursery at Wolverhampton in the third week of November. We were delighted to see him complete a spiffing hatrick in Nurseries, winning quite decisively at Wolverhampton just before Christmas,the video of which you can see here. After three further excellent runs when he was fourth, third and second he had a short break; returning to the track at the end of March 2021 he powered home in a competitive three year old handicap off a mark almost twenty pounds higher than his first winning performance.

Liberty Bay, Bay filly foaled 25th January by Iffraaj out of Light Fantastic (by Acclamation)

Iffraaj was a excellent racehorse who has turned into a phenomenal stallion siring winners of over 1445 races and over £25 million of prize money. Her dam Fantastic Light won as a 2 year old and she traces back to the champion 2 year old filly in Europe, Blue Duster. She is a very strong athletic looking filly and because of her early foaling date she will be one to go to war with in the very early part of the Flat Season. Again at 6,500 gns she looks real value.(Plus 10 qualified)* Her expanded details are here.

And if you follow this link you can see her being ridden for the first time, on 14th November 2019, by Isobel Francis. And here she is being ridden by Ciaran on the 18th of November. She is developing into a really nice filly and you can see her under Isobel Francis working upsides Arlecchino's Leap and Lee Newnes on the 1st of April; and moving on a fortnight she has made further progression working with Misu Pete on the 15th of April. After a slightly false start at Sandown immediately after the resumption where she found the stalls a slightly scary experience, we put her on the track in a Wolverhampton Maiden Auction in the middle of September; she then showed the quite significant improvement that we thought she would in a good class Kempton Novice at the end of the month; you can see a video of the race here.

A second at Wolvlerhampton over five, a fourth and a third in two Kempton Nursery's over six followed before she deservidly got off the mark over six in another Kempton Nursery at the end of November.

Perthsire, Bay colt foaled 16 March by Gleneagles out of Destalink (by Rail Link)

Gleneagles was an absolutely top class racehorse winning 7 races, 4 at Group One level, one of these as a 2 year old. He went on to win both the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas as well at the St. James’ Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.He has made an excellent start to his stud career being strongly backed by Coolmore and Aidan O’Brien which is always a reassuring sign. His dam Destalink is from a wonderful Khalid Abdullah family who was in the frame in all her starts, earning her a handicap mark of 80 which is very respectable. This colt might seem an odd choice for the Nursery but he is not overly big and looks as if he will come along in the second half of the Season next year and being such a well bred horse I could not ignore him at Tattersalls Book 2 Sales at 3,000 gns.(Plus 10 qualified)* And here are one or two more details of him.

If you follow this link you can see him being ridden for the second time on the 15th November 2019. And here he is being more adventurous walking on the roads on the 18th November 2019.

If you follow this link you can see him working with Dylan's Sea Song on the morning of 26th March 2021.

He made his second start at Southwell a month later, on the 26th of April 2021 and ran a nice race, showing improvement after a slow start and making progress all the way up the straight; he is a horse who should continue to improve with mature and as he goes up in triip.

Plus 10 – Each of these horses is eligible for the £10,000 bonus if winning a qualifying race.


There are 20 shares available at a cost of £3,000 each. This will cover the purchase and all associated costs of running the three horses until 31st October 2020. The horses will be sold either within or outside of the yard by that date and the dividend comprising of their sale value and prize money won will be paid out in December 2020. All shareholders will have all the usual benefits of racehorse ownership.

Spirit of Rowdown Second, Betway Nursery Handicap, seven furlongs, Lingfield 26th August 2020 under Isobel Francis

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