13 February 2017

Six starts, four wins and placed on his other two starts - it would be hard to argue with the rate of progress being made by KEEPER HILL (IRE) who posted his best performance yet when getting up by a neck in the Listed Sidney Banks Memorial Novices’ Hurdle at Huntington last Thursday. The fact that he defeated the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle winner Messire Des Obeaux, who had also defeated Betfair Hurdle winner Ballyandy in a Grade 2 on his previous outing, adds a fair degree of weight to the form. Trainer Warren Greatrex expects he is likely to take his chance in the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle come the Festival, and said; “He’s a really exciting horse with a huge future.”

Bred by Sharon Ryan, KEEPER HILL (IRE) sold for just €3,800 as a yearling at the Tattersalls Ireland February National Hunt Sale of 2012 and changed hands again for €31,000 at the Goffs Land Rover Sale over two years later. He is by Castle Hyde Stud’s Westerner (IRE) who, among several other top jump horses, sired the Greatrex-trained Cole Harden to win the World Hurdle in 2015. The latter is clearly taken by KEEPER HILL (IRE), as he also purchased his Oscar half-brother for €50,000 at last year’s Goffs Land Rover Sale.  


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