Five of the best horses owned by JP McManus - petsitterbank

Five of the best horses owned by JP McManus

After JP McManus bred a historic 4000th winner, Tony McFadden highlights five of the best horses to have worn the owner’s familiar green and gold bristles.

Istabraq (maximum score of Timeform 180)

Only the Legendary Night Nurse has achieved a higher Temporal Shape rating on Obstacles than Istanbul, a completely dominant force in its turn-of-the-century division. Istabraq, coached by a young Aidan O’Brien, equaled Champion Hurdle’s record of three wins, but he likely would have set a new benchmark had the 2001 Cheltenham Festival not been canceled due to the fever outbreak canker sore.

A buy of 38,000 guineas on the flat, Istabraq was beaten on his hurdles debut – you can probably count yourself a bit unlucky if that day! – but won his next ten starts, including the SunAlliance Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 1997 and the Champion Hurdle the following season.

Istabraq’s unbeaten run came to an end in the 1998 Aintree Hurdle, when he was narrowly hit on a two-and-a-half-mile endurance course, but he continued to dominate, his only defeat in 12 races over the next two upcoming campaigns. over two and a half miles on a proving ground when he was unable to bring Limestone Lad back in the 1999 Hatton’s Grace Hurdle.

It was during this 1999/00 campaign that Istabraq achieved his maximum annual Timeform rating of 180, and it is plausible that he could have reached an even higher figure had he not gone so far of the opposition and had had one out of two top rivals. miles to push it harder.

First gold medal (180)

First gold medal, bought by McManus after winning the King George VI Chase at Kempton in 2000, got off to an inauspicious start in the green and gold hoops when beaten 1/3 in the Aon Chase at Newbury but quickly put that behind him in the Martell Cup at Aintree, going ten lengths ahead to prove he is the fighter of the season.

First Gold never quite matched the high numbers they achieved in the 2000/01 campaign, but they had a few more moments in the sun, winning the Martell Cup and the Punchestown Heineken Gold Cup at the end of the 2003 season, showing a higher class. form on both occasions.

That decisive six-length success at Punchestown, where he beat Rince Ri and Native Upmanship, proved to be his last victory, but he acquitted himself with credit on some occasions, including when third to King George the following season.

Lighthouse Uberalles (175)

Uberalles Lighthouse had won an Arkle, three Tingle Creeks and a Champion Chase by the time he was purchased by McManus in January 2003, and his best days were behind rather than ahead of him.

However, he still produced notable performances for McManus, taking the Level 1 two-mile race at the Punchestown Festival in 2003 and finishing second in the following season’s Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

This runner-up effort behind Azertyuiop turned out to be the last high-profile effort Flagship Uberalles produced in its long and distinguished career.

Baracuda (175)

Baracouda was purchased alongside First Gold and proved to be a great buy, winning 14 of his 19 starts for McManus, including back-to-back Stayers’ Hurdle in 2002 and 2003, with the latter win over Iris’s Gift and Limestone Lad take part in a race considered by many to be one of the most thrilling ever seen at a Cheltenham festival.

Baracouda was only narrowly turned down by Iris’s Gift in a bid to complete a Stayers’ Hurdle hat-trick the following season, producing a performance that would have been good enough in an ordinary year but not against another top-notch in his pump.

He was also runner-up behind Inglis Drever in the Stayers’ Hurdle the following season, but by then he was ten years old and slightly past his best.

More (173)

Physical problems finally avoided No more of that to fulfill his potential over the fences and that’s a shame considering how quickly he’s become a top performer over the hurdles.

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More of That was an impressive, if surprising, winner when he scored at 20/1 on his hurdles debut at Folkestone in his only start in the 2012/13 campaign, and he quickly rose through the ranks the following season, his four-race undefeated campaign. successfully culminating in the Stayers’ Hurdle.

He took a notable scalp at Cheltenham, beating Annie Power, a top class mare who has won all of her other completed starts.

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