FLAMING SPEAR, owned by Brighton Chairman Tony Bloom, is a new addition to the yard and the 105-rated six-year-old is the fifth horse in the yard rated 100 or higher.
By Lope De Vega out of a Zafonic mare, Elshamms, the bay gelding has been in training with Kevin Ryan since it won as a 2yo on its debut at York when owned by Qatar Racing and Essafinaat. It went through the sales ring at Tattersalls in the autumn of 2015 for 125,000 guineas and under its new owner, has won three times in ten races.
Flaming Spear’s four wins in total include two on the all-weather at Newcastle over a mile and seven furlongs while his last win was at York last August when capturing the near £60,000 first prize in the Clipper Logistics Handicap over a mile. Robert Winston has been his regular pilot since April 2016 and he’s another really nice ride for this season to go with the owner’s Librisa Breeze (pictured), who is the top-rated horse in the yard on 119.
Winner of the Group One Champions’ Sprint last October, the 6yo Mount Nelson grey gelding will be heading off to sunnier climes for the Dubai World Cup Meeting on Saturday 31st March where he’ll be looking to add to his tally of over £674,000 in prize money.
Harper Lodge Farm has plenty of nice horses to look forward to in 2018. As well as Librisa Breeze and Flaming Spear, the stable has three others rated in the hundreds. Eirene is a 100-rated lightly raced 3yo filly who was impressive in winning the Listed St Hughs’s Stakes at Newbury in 2017 while Stake Acclaim, winner of last year’s Shergar Cup Dash, is rated 105.
Finally, there’s one of the stable favourites, Lancelot Du Lac, winner of the Stewards’ Cup last season under Frankie Dettori and who is rated 107. Hopefully, there are plenty more big races to be won by “The Hundred Club” in 2018!