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  • #4852
    MikkyMo73
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    Hi all,

    Just to get the grey matter ticking over a little, and as there have been some horses bought for quite high prices from selling races lately, can anyone think of any major success stories from these races.

    What I mean by that is, can anyone name a horse that was claimed our bought from a seller, that went on to big success.

    I can remember one, but I am desperately trying to think of it’s name lol. So if anyone else wants to get the ball rolling then feel free.

    Mike

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    sberry
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    Red Lancer

    (unplaced in a seller, claimed and went on to win the chester vase Gp3 – the infamous ‘red lancer affair’)

    #111266
    TheCheekster
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    Red Lancer

    (unplaced in a seller, claimed and went on to win the chester vase Gp3 – the infamous ‘red lancer affair’)

    Beat me to it. :wink:

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    MikkyMo73
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    Red Lancer

    (unplaced in a seller, claimed and went on to win the chester vase Gp3 – the infamous ‘red lancer affair’)

    Excellent, yes I remember that well – hadn’t realised it was bought out of a seller mind.

    The horse I was thinking of was Make A Stand. I think he was claimed after a facile win on the flat by the shrewd Martin Pipe. He then went on to make a fortune over hurdles, including winning the Champion Hurdle.

    Mike

    #111268
    yeats
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    The Tatling, 15 grand from Dandy Nicholls, since won half a million plus lots of fun.

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    Venusian
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    Stymie (1941-1962) must surely be the biggest bargain ever out of the seller/claimer ranks.

    Claimed for $1,500, he eventually amassed over $900,000 in earnings (then a world record), winning 35 of his 131 career starts, of which 25 would now be regarded as "black type".

    #111272
    apracing
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    Current California superstar Lava Man was claimed for $50,000 as a 3-y-old and now has career earning of over £3.5M and has won the hat trick of top Grade 1 races in his home state.

    AP

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    graysonscolumn
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    Two words – Ei Ei.

    gc

    The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.

    #111283
    nitro
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    Jambalaya who has won the Arlington Million on Saturday was purchased for $2500.

    http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/racing … n-win.aspx

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    MikkyMo73
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    It’s great to hear about all these American horses, but I was thinking more on the lines of in the UK – personally, I think the ‘claimer’ races in America are just like a sales ring as they have 100’s per week and the chances of getting a good one are far greater than in the UK.

    Nice to read your choices though.

    Mike

    #111310
    alan1
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    I once tried to claim a horse called Kahyasi Princess. From memory their were 11 other claims including a friendly claim from Mark Johnston its current trainer.

    Unbelievably the friendly claim was successful and they got the horse back, it subsequently went on to win the Brown Jack at Ascot.

    Not that I’m bitter !!

    #111319
    seabird
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    Alan, are you suggesting that the claiming is corrupt? :wink:

    Colin

    #111322
    alan1
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    This was 3 years ago, and lets just say I don’t think it was quite as transparent as it is now.

    However the horse couldn’t have gone back to a nicer man than the sensitive, polite and open to new ideas man that is Mark Johnson ! :roll:

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    warrej
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    Vagog was bought out of a seller at Newton Abbot and went on to win the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot

    #111512
    betlarge
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    I think the first time I realised Martin Pipe was the Second Coming was back in the mid-80’s when he bought a horse called Cat’s Eyes out of a Devon or New Abb seller for a couple of grand.

    The thing subsequently ran up a sequence before landing a big handicap at the Grand National meeting under top weight. It was never quite so good over fences but still pocketed a hatful of novices and finished 2nd in the Kim Muir on it’s last outing.

    As Mike previously pointed out, he repeated the stunt to even better effect with the breathtaking Make A Stand some years later.

    Mike

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