Horses at Imperial Racing

Name: Chrisco Balko ex Chrisleen (Maresca Sorrento)
Trainer: Willie Mullins Partnership: Full Ownership
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By Balko ex Chrisleen (Maresca Sorrento)

The market at the Tattersalls Derby Sale was especially strong this year, so we were delighted to land a horse of this quality at what we think will prove to be a bargain price. Chrisco is a really athletic gelding with size, scope, and exceptional movement and balance. He was top of our short list, and we were delighted when the hammer came down in our favour . His half sister by Doctor Dino (Doc Eti) is in training with Willie Mullins and very highly regarded. He will be joining his half sister at Closutton one he has completed his pre-training as Willie Mullins is his trainer elect. He has been broken and ridden since his acquisition, and we are delighted with his attitude. Once he has completed a short break he will start his full pre-training regime, before heading to Wil...

Name: Elysian Flame Champs Elysees ex Combustible (Halling)
Trainer: Mick Easterby Partnership: Part Ownership
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By Champs Elysees ex Combustible (Halling)

Backed up his early promise on the gallops when winning a decent 1 mile maiden at Haydock in October 2018. He did that with a bit to spare despite looking very green and edging across the track when pressed. A no show at Southwell where he hated the kickback. Runs in the colours of the  sporting John Blackburn with whom we share several horses. Finally grabbed his first win over hurdles at Carlisle in March 2021, and followed up by winning a 0-105 flat handicap at Newbury in April 2021. Ran a blinder in the Ascot Stakes to finish 3rd, and equally well to finish 3rd in the 2m 4f handicap at Goodwood in July. Now rated 100 on the flat his end of season target will be the Cesarewich. We will then be looking towards the better 3m hurdles during the winter. 

Name: Fantastikas Davidoff ex Negresse de Cuta (Baroud d'Honneur)
Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies Partnership: Full Ownership
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By Davidoff ex Negresse de Cuta (Baroud d'Honneur)

A stunning horse who came very close to making his debut in the spring. In the end he just kept growing, and his size persuaded us to wait for safe ground and he will be heading to the Twiston-Davies yard this autumn to start his career in bumpers. His sire Davidoff has produced top class winners from what proved to be very limited numbers. Fantastikas is a really athletic horse with a stride that covers a lot of ground. We consider him a top class prospect and cannot wait to see him on a racecourse.


Name: Halligator Saddler Maker ex Quick des Sacart (Ragmar)
Trainer: Kim Bailey Partnership: Full Ownership
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By Saddler Maker ex Quick des Sacart (Ragmar)

Halligator is an athletic gelding by top sire Saddler Maker, with plenty of size and scope. He was second in a competitive bumper at Galway, with the front two pulling clear. he may well have given the winner plenty to think about but for losing ground when Taken very wide on the final bend by Derek O’Connor. Purchased at the Cheltenham point to point sale he has settled into the Kim Bailey yard well, and will be ready to run in a few weeks. We are a big fan of his sire who is responsible for top class performers such as Apples Jade, Bristol Des Mai, Alpha Des Obeaux and Defi Bleu. Halligator will resume his career in bumpers before starting his jumping career next spring.

Name: Imperial Admiral Mount Nelson ex Boherna Lady (Shantou)
Trainer: Kim Bailey Partnership: Full Ownership
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By Mount Nelson ex Boherna Lady (Shantou)

As sales prices increase it is increasingly difficult to find value in the market. We think that this horse will prove to be exceptional value having been acquired from the Goffs Land Rover Sale at a bargain price. He is a very athletic gelding, who moves well and has plenty of scope and size. Mount Nelson his sire is steadily climbing the ranks having produced top class horses such as Penhill, Get In The Queue and Pure Bliss from his early crops. He was broken on his return from the sales and has been ridden and cantered. Early loose schooling sessions over poles have shown him to be a natural jumper, making a great shape at his obstacles. The plan will be to give him a short break before he enters his pre-training program. All the signs are that he is quite precocious so he ...

Name: Imperial Alcazar Vinnie Roe ex Maddy's Supreme
Trainer: Fergal O'Brien Partnership: Full Ownership
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By Vinnie Roe x Maddy's Supreme (Supreme Leader)

The only reason Imperial Alcazar has not won a race is the standard of the races he has run in. Bumpers were never going to be his thing as ideally, he wants softer ground, a longer trip and some obstacles to navigate. His run in the listed bumper at Ascot saw him finish three lengths in front of The Glancing Queen giving her 3lbs. She subsequently ran 5th in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham and won the Grade 2 Mares Bumper at Aintree. Imperial Alcazar is very talented and will be running in the better hurdle races this autumn. His schooling at home has been of high quality and he will be not be long in getting his head in front.

Name: Imperial Aura Kalanisi ex Missindependence (Executive Perk)
Trainer: Kim Bailey Partnership: Full Ownership
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By Kalanisi ex Missindependence (Executive Perk)

Winner of three of his four races under rules. Broke the track record at Carlisle when beating Sole Pretender by 3¼ lengths. (Sole Pretender won on the next three occasions before finishing 5th in the Galway Hurdle off a mark of 147). Followed up by winning a Novice Hurdle at Newcastle impressively. His season was cut short by recurring issues with sore shins, which were pin fired at the end of the season. He will definitely get three miles and will improve again for a step up in trip and a fence. Will return this season to start his novice chasing career and we are hoping he will be contesting some of the better races throughout the season.

Name: Imperial B G Getaway ex Milan Pride (Milan)
Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies Partnership: Full ownership
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By Getaway ex Milan Pride (Milan)

Imperial B G was purchased and will run in memory of Barry Grayson. Barry was true gentleman and sportsman who loved nothing more than a good days racing. As a fitting tribute his son Michael Grayson decided to purchase a horse to syndicate between his family and friends. At Imperial Racing we were extremely proud and excited to be asked to assist in the selection of the horse and running of the partnership. We immediately set about finding a horse fitting to represent the great man and after an extensive search we think we have found him. Imperial B G is a simply stunning athletic gelding by top NH sire Getaway. He is 16 ‘ 2 hands, with a long easy walk and has plenty of scope. He has solid conformity and looks every inch a chaser in the making. Despite his size he is e...

Name: Imperial Elysian Kalanisi ex Diva Antonia (Kings Theatre)
Trainer: Fergal O'Brien Partnership: Full Ownership
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By Kalanisi ex Diva Antonia (Kings Theatre

A good-looking individual who has taken time to mature. Ran with credit in four hurdle races last season travelled well in conceding weight all round on this handicap debut and did not quite see it out. His last run at Perth was encouraging as he travelled best before not quite seeing out the race. The form looks solid and based on that run he will be capable of taking a decent handicap hurdle or two before he goes chasing. He has had a wind operation which will help him see out his races and will return in the early autumn to avoid extremes of underfoot conditions. Will be seen at his best once chasing.

Name: Imperial Esprit Scorpion ex Shesourpresent (Presenting)
Trainer: Harry Fry Partnership: Full Ownership
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By Scorpion ex Shesourpresent (Presenting)

A large imposing horse who is marking time until he sees a fence. Despite that he ran two good races in bumpers on his debut season, finishing second to the highly rated Ask For Glory on his debut at Chepstow. Didn’t quite reach that standard next time out when finishing 5th at the same course, but the race has worked out well with the 4th and 6th horses winning decent bumpers next time out. He is still growing despite his size and was beginning to find the training difficult to handle. Last season was a disappointment as he fell victim to a virus and pulled up on his only start. We think a lot of him so took the decision to give him a break for the remainder of the season. He has returned a much stronger and more mature horse and will make his mark over hurdles this sea...

Name: Imperial Hurricane Black Sam Bellamy ex Silverlined (Silver Patriarch)
Trainer: Kim Bailey Partnership: Full ownership
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By Black Sam Bellamy ex Silverlined (Silver Patriarch)

We have had great success with our purchased from the Goffs Land Rover sales in previous years including Imperial Aura our latest Cheltenham Festival winner. When going through this year’s draft this horse was one which immediately made it into our notebooks. We were delighted to
secure him for a price which represents great value for a horse who is not only a cracking physical specimen but also comes from a top national hunt line. We know the family well as Imperial Racing owned Definitive Edge who was a high class hurdler for Willie Mullins. The sire, Black Sam Bellamy, is considered one of the top National Hunt stallions producing a number of top class graduates.  Imperial Hurricane stands 16’2, is very athletic and a beautiful mover. Since the sales...

Name: Imperial Icon Shantou ex Bobomy (Bob Back)
Trainer: Kim Bailey Partnership: Full Ownership
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By Shantou ex Bobomy (Bob Back)

Recruited from the 2018 Goffs Land Rover sale. A top class future chasing prospect, with size, athleticism and plenty of scope. Add to that the fact he is by a top National Hunt sire Shantou out of a proven brood mare by the most successful national hunt damsire Bob Back. A full brother to Themanfrom Minella and Fulham Road. Showed plenty in his pre-training last season and we were sorely tempted to run him in a four year old point to point. In the end the ground went and he was simply too good to risk on going without the word soft in it. Will be heading to the Kim Bailey yard this autumn to start his career in bumpers. A very exciting prospect.



Name: Imperial Lightning Shantou ex Vindonissa (Definite Article)
Trainer: Fergal O'Brien Partnership: Full ownership
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By Shantou ex Vindonissa (Definite Article)

We were delighted to secure the services of Imperial Storm last season, and his homework suggests he is a horse of some ability. So when his  younger full brother came onto the market we had to have an interest. Once he walked out of the stable he became our number one target at this  years Tattersalls Derby sale as he is a simply stunning individual. He stands 16’2 and has a great long stride. He is a very athletic horse, with solidconformity and has tremendous presence. From the high class family of Thisthatandtother, Carlingford Loch and The Tother One, and he looks  well capable of living up to that lineage. He will enjoy a short break and then start his breaking and pre-training regime. Imperial Lightning is a top   class prospect, and we ca...

Name: Imperial Sachin's Fame And Glory ex Queen Of Tribes (Definite Article)
Trainer: Gordon Elliot Partnership: Full ownership
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Fame And Glory ex Queen Of Tribes (Definite Article)

One of our recruits from the Tattersalls Derby Sale in June. By top sire Fame And Glory from a strong Definite Article dam line. A real athlete who impressed at the sales and represents real value given the current inflated market. He has settled into his training well and was close to making his debut in a bumper before Covid struck and racing was curtailed. At 16’2 he is big enough to jump a fences, but his homework suggests he is sharp enough to be competitive in bumpers as his first step.

Name: Imperial Storm Shantou ex Vindonissa (Definite Article)
Trainer: Fergal O'Brien Partnership: Full ownership
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By Shantou ex Vindonissa (Definite Article)

We really like this horse and he was a steal given he cost 60,000 Euros as a foal. He come from the family of Thisthatandtother, Carlingford Loch and The Tother One. His half brother Long After Dark won an Irish point in March 2018 and was bought for £120,000 by KevinRoss (a good judge!) at the Cheltenham Sale. By top sire Shantou from a classic National Hunt dam line and has the physique to back up his pedigree. A very exciting prospect with a lot of quality.

Name: Saint Jaguen Saint Des Saints ex Soir d'Aimer (Robin Des Champs)
Trainer: Fergal O'Brien Partnership: Full Ownership
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By Saint Des Saints ex Soif d'Aimer (Robin Des Champs)

Of all the horses at the Goffs Land Rover Sale (and they were a nice bunch), this is the one we wanted to bring home. At just short of 16’ 2’ he    is a gorgeous athlete with a huge amount of quality. He comes from a top French dam line which has already produced some top class race horses. His full sister (Marine Jag) was purchased by Nick Gifford at last years Tattersalls Derby Sale for Euro 70,000 and is held in very high regard.  Unbelievably, we were able to secure him for 8...

Name: Steely Resolve Mahler ex Sadie's Grace (Flemensfirth)
Trainer: Gordon Elliot Partnership: Full ownership
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By Mahler ex Sadie's Grace (Flemensfirth)

A sizeable son of a sire with a growing reputation through offspring such as Ornua. Glen Forsa, Ok Corral and Chris’s Dream. A nice moving athletic horse who doesn’t look as if he will take too long to come to hand. Owned by Ian Robinson and Brian Phillips he will be seen to best effect when the mud is flying and the fences come quick and fast. Stands 16’1 already and covers a fair but of ground. Only a recent purchase and will be broken at Mount Top Stud before being turned out for a short spell. When he comes into
pre-training his initial aim will be a bumper in the late spring.