Features | 9th June 2021

Nick Bradley and his shareholders are closing in on a burning ambition to win a Group 1 race with one of their star fillies this season.

Three-year-olds Fev Rover, Dandalla and Mystery Angel have already established themselves among the top fillies of their generation and Bradley believes success at the highest level is now within their grasp.

“My aim this year is to win a Group 1 and I’m hoping we can achieve that goal at Royal Ascot with either Fev Rover or Dandalla. Fev Rover has already been placed in a Classic and both fillies are Group 2 winners.”

Successful at that level in France at two and third in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas, the Richard Fahey-trained Fev Rover is being aimed at the Coronation Stakes at the Royal Meeting with the Prix de Diane (the French Oaks) as a back-up plan.

There’s also a Royal appointment for the Karl Burke-trained Dandalla, who won last year’s Albany Stakes there and will contest the Commonwealth Cup, while Cazoo Oaks runner-up Mystery Angel will be given a short break by her trainer George Boughey before returning to the track at the highest level in July.

Nick Bradley Racing has around 50 horses in training as far and wide as Middleham and Malton in Yorkshire and Newmarket and Lambourn in the south, and most of his shareholders are encouraged to spread their interest among several performers.

Jonathan Knight, who owns a share in Fev Rover and seven others, says: “I’ve had my fair share of good ones over the last few years and that has made it a worthwhile investment.

“My racing has been pretty much paid for, which is amazing. I only have small shares so it’s not extravagant, but it does allow me to spread the risk, get more days on the racecourse and on the yards seeing our trainers.”

“Nick’s buying horses for as little as £20,000 yet we’re beating the blue bloods from the big yards. It’s

tremendous. Fev Rover is already a star in my eyes but if she can get her head in front in a Group 1 it will just cap off an amazing story.”

Bradley has specialised in fillies since launching his thriving operation six years ago. “They tend to be cheaper at the sales and have a better residual value than colts,” he explains. “My aim is first and foremost is to dominate the two-year-old fillies scene.

“The ultimate ambition is to become the UK’s leading owner and compete with the likes of Godolphin and Shadwell and given the success we’ve had I’ve every confidence that we’ll be at the very top pretty quickly.”

He is also committed to fulfilling the dreams of his shareholders. “We took 60 owners to Epsom on Oaks Day when Mystery Angel was second in the big race and two-year-old Oscula won the Woodcote Stakes. It was a great day on the track but what made it even more special was seeing all my owners there.

“I’m very fortunate to do the job I’m doing. I’m achieving my ambitions but also fulfilling the dreams of my shareholders as well. Horse racing is a special game, and when you have the kind of success we’re enjoying you know they’ll remember the big days for a long time to come.”

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