FRED MACKEY – BREEDER OF NATIVE RIVER
10 March 2017
Will you be at
Cheltenham for the Gold Cup? Have you got to experience any of Native River’s
big wins in person so far?
No, my son Robert is going but we will be cheering him on
from home. It’s been unfortunate that the best horses I’ve bred have run in
England, so it’s been hard to see them racing in person.
How do you rate
Native River’s chances? What attributes do you think make him a Gold Cup
We are delighted to have bred a horse talented enough to run
in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and after that, we’re just hoping he’ll get around
safe and sound. He’s a stayer and jumps well so hopefully he runs well. He’s
young so there’ll be plenty of other days for him.
What would breeding a
Cheltenham Gold Cup winner mean to you?
In the 30 or so years I’ve been breeding horses, this is the
first that’s run at the Cheltenham Festival. It would give me great excitement
and pleasure if Native River (IRE) won; it’s as simple as that.
I remember the day he was born- the first thing I saw was a
pair of white feet and I said to my wife, Maureen, “Well, what in the name of
God have we here?” I pray it’s the first thing I see coming up the Cheltenham hill
Are you still
breeding from Native Mo? Have you kept any of the family?
We still have Native Mo (IRE) and sold her Milan filly foal
at Tattersalls Ireland November NH Sale last year. She didn’t go in foal in
2016 but she will visit Walk In The Park (IRE) next week.
How many mares do you
keep? Do you have any horses in training?
We have four mares in total and as well as owning shares in
some point-to-pointers, we also own a filly called Mollyking (IRE) with Jerry
Cosgrave. She won her first point-to-point last season at Loughanmore and we’re
hoping she’ll run next on the first Saturday in April.