Is High Chaparral the most expensive National Hunt Stallion?


Its extraordinary just to see what money is floating around at the moment in the National Hunt world for young (and some not so young horses).

Brightwells held a Breeze Up and Horses in Training Sale after racing at Cheltenham last Saturday night with some good prices achieved.

The sales topper was a 5 year old Point to Pointer , Young Mr Gorsky who was knocked down to Jackdaws Castle trainer Jonjo O’Neill.

A winner for Co Cork based Kevin O’Sullivan and Mikey O’Connor at the Scarteen Foxhound meeting at Kilfeacle a few weeks back the son of High Chaparral was purchased for £190k sterling following a pretty fierce bidding battle.

He is out of the Supreme Leader mare Elizabeth Tudor, was bred by the Elizabeth Tudor Syndicate and raced between the flags by Archdeacons.

His half brother, Thunderstorm is a 6 time winner for JP McManus and trained in Britain by Philip Hobbs.

O’Neill was reported as saying that his future ownership was “to be decided”!!!

There are no such doubts about Mossey Joe anymore with the 11 year old Moscow Society gelding making the phenomenal some of £160stg to the bid of agent Gerry Hogan. He was bought by Barry Connell who has a nice string of horses in training in Ireland including Our Conor and The Tullow Tank and will go into training with Co Limerick trainer Enda Bolger.

This horse has very little mileage on the clock having only debuted in the point to point fields as a 7 year old , his two wins there when added to his 8 track wins amassed just under €100k to date.

Just where he is campaigned is open to question but he is a really talented horse and it will be good to see him back on the track.

Is he worth £160stg ? Well he obviously is to Barry Connell and sure isn’t that all that matters!

High Chaparral must be one of the most expensive National Hunt sires in the business?The Coolmore based stallion is standing at a fee of €30k , not only had he the sales topper but he also sired Montana Belle who made the second highest figure at £170k in the ring.

This 4 year old was having her third visit to a sales ring in her short life having previously made £25k and €34k, so thats a great profit for a bumper win.

The point to point yards saw some other nice prices with Master of Verse a 5 year old by Milan being sold by Ger Hourigan from his Tipperary base for £150kstg on behalf of Willie Mullins.

A winner under Jamie Codd at Dromahane in December anyone with a horse placed to this lad on that occasion might be forgiven for thinking that their horse could get a whack of money if sold as well!

But as we all know it doesn’t work that way.

Donnachadh Doyle and his Monbeg Syndicate would have been happy with the £140kstg that they secured for the Arcadio 5 year old Go Conquer.

Purchased by British trainer Donald McCain this horse had failed to complete the course under Barry O’Neill in his two previous efforts so his new owners are putting their faith in ? Well I suppose his potential, as everyone buying at this sale were with all of their purchases.

McCain has bought one or two horses from the Co Wexford based Doyle brothers with some success in the past so this horse might be worth popping into the note book.

This type of sale of young horses with form is now very popular, what amazed me was the fact that High Chaparral a Flat stallion is the sire of the two top lots.

Young Mr Gorsky was very clearly bred as a national hunt prospect and Montana Belle’s dam while flat bred herself has really only seen success as a broodmare over the jumps as well, so these were not accidents but clearly planned stallion covers.

So anyone with a spare €30k knows where to go!


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