BLESSED TO EMPRESS
Blessed has quality running through her pedigree, Holy Roman Emperor, an offspring from the top class Danehill. As a 2-year-old, Holy Roman Emperor was a winner at group 1 level over 6f/7f. Since retiring he has established himself as one of the top 15 sires worldwide.
"Physically this filly looks to be a sharp early two-year-old in the making, who will keep progressing. She has a decent page to match her looks, being out of a winning half-sister to a dual Listed scorer. She has a great way of going, as well as a little bit of attitude about her which can be a good sign in fillies." Amy Murphy.
Our filly is an early February foal and has all the signs physically to suggest she can show early form as a 2-year-old. Her dam a winner at 3, gives us clear indications from her pedigree that we can expect her to keep improving with age and experience.
Blessed To Empress was our first 2-year-old runner as a partnership, she won on debut at Chelmsford City Racecourse.
Previously trained by Ralph Beckett, Really Super was given plenty of time to develop. The daughter of Cacique only ran once as a two-year-old, showing plenty of promise in a decent Goodwood Maiden over 9f.
'Super' then contested two maidens this spring at trips over 10f, The form has worked out extremely well, with plenty of horses going on to be rated in the 80's and 90's bracket, she has also finished in front of UAE King, who is now rated 99. The way she travels in her races, against such high-quality opponents, suggests there is plenty of natural ability in the locker.
Switched to handicaps, over trips of between 12f-14f, she's shown how consistent and adaptable she is, running on various grounds. What is most noticeable in these races is the way she can travel so comfortably. With a current rating of 75 on the flat, we believe this is a handicap mark that we can take advantage of when the time is right.
Amy is very excited about having the opportunity to train our filly and has described her as a sizey individual, who will no doubt continue to strengthen. She believes it’s only a matter of time before 'Super' breaks her maiden tag. The plan is to look at schooling her over hurdles as quickly as possible. We know the weakness in this particular division during the early part of the season. Our main target in the near future is a Fillies Juvenile hurdle at Fakenham at the start of November.
TO THE SKY
To The Sky was our flagbearer and a much-loved horse for the partnership. Purchased in a private deal, he was trained in Lambourn by Jamie Snowden. Sky went on to win on debut over fences at Worcester, and by the end of his career had finished outside the first four just once for us.
Sky is now happily living out his retirement with his doting new owner in Oxfordshire.