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The Bay Warrior

2018   Bay   Gelding

by The Gurkha (Ire)  ex  Fraulein (GB)  ( Acatenango (Ger) )

Owner:  Andy & Lizzie Cova

By the French 2000 Guineas and Sussex Stakes winner, The Gurkha, out of Cliveden Stud's high class Grade One winning Acatenango mare, Fraulein, this spiffing, good moving bay colt was bought at Tattersalls in October 2019 for a long established and valued client; the colt is a half brother to three high class guys rated over 100 in Mischief Making, Khukri and That Is The Spirit, the Dam performing to a high level in the Summer of 2002 winning the Grade One E P Taylor Stakes over ten furlongs at Woodbine on her final start for Ed Dunlop.

Not bred to be a particularly precocious two year old he will likely to be at his best as a four or five year old. Here he is about to leave the Yard being ridden by Isobel Francis at the beginning of May:

Mark put him on the track at Ascot in July and he has two further runs in Maiden company at the backend of his two year old year; the Yard remain confident that he will be better at three than at two and equally better at four than at three; and he showed this as he went up in trip to an extended nine furlongs at Wolverhampton in early January, very nearly making all and finishing a very close up fourth, here.

Two further places at Wolverhampton, one at the end of January and one in early April were sandwiched by his one disappointing run as a three year old when he didn't act down the hill at Lingfield; he got off the mark in fine style on his first run at Chelmsford right at the end of April, positively powering home under a positive ride from Oisin Murphy; the video of which is here;.

He suffered a quite significant setback in the Spring of 2021 and missed all of the Summer and Autumn; he returned to the track at the beginning of December 2021 and after three relatively modest runs to blow the cobwebs away he was second at Wolverhampton, second at Chelmsford at the beginning of April 2022 and won for the second time, again in Essex, at the end of April; he is a very quietly progressive and (because of the setback) quite a lightly raced horse who may well have further improvement in him; he is a horse to keep on the rightside of going forward.

The Bay Warrior's racing form, courtesy Racing Post

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The Bay Warrior winning under Rhys Clutterbuck, Bayston Hill third under David Probert, the Ministry of Sound Disco Handicap, ten furlongs, Chelmsford 28th April 2022

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