Leading Royal Ascot fancy up for sale on eve of meeting
by Craig Jones for Knightsbridge Bloodstock
It’s not often you have the chance to buy a Royal Ascot hopeful just before the world’s greatest Horse Racing meeting, but this year you can. Two year old Simmy’s Copshop has a date with the sales ring, before running in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The promising colt has ran twice so far, winning his debut before travelling to Ireland for a listed race where he came 3rd. That form gives him a chance in the Norfolk, especially if he settles better off the expected blistering pace, something which cost him a little last time out. On debut he won nicely, beating Havana Grey by half a length who has since gone on to win the National Stakes, a known Royal Ascot two year old prep race.
The Goffs London sale takes place on the 19th June, just one day before Royal Ascot kicks off. The owners of Simmy’s Copshop are Middleham Park Racing, an ownership group that has sold horses at that sale before. They have a racing manager that likes to have winners, as well as show a profit in the sales ring so them sending one of their stars to the ring is nothing new.
Simmy’s Copshop is sired by Bahamian Bounty, out of the dam Conversational and has proven to be a speedy colt so far this season. He deserves his place at the Royal meeting on form and if the race in Ireland had planned out better for him, he would be heading to the meeting as favourite in my opinion. He chased a very strong pace in Ireland, something he couldn’t keep up with and eventually faded to finish 3rd. What was nice to see though was that he managed to finish better than the other two pace setters and that is something to remember going to Ascot. If he can settle better a little off the pace he should perform much better and would have a chance of going close in the Norfolk.
It is not very often that prospective buyers get the chance to buy a Royal Ascot runner just days before the race. This is a very unusual situation and one that I am sure someone will take advantage of. Whoever goes on to buy Simmy’s Copshop will walk away with a potentially high class two year old sprinter and a horse that will give them a great day out at Royal Ascot just days after purchase. He is currently in training with Richard Fahey, who has made a great start with his two year olds this season and everything looks to be in place for him to run well at the meeting.
This is an exciting chance and a horse I am fascinated by, I can’t wait to see who takes the offer up of buying him, and I can’t wait to see how he runs in the Norfolk. A very exciting horse and a potentially great story if he goes on to win at Royal Ascot.
Craig Jones writes about global horse racing for Knightsbridge Bloodstock