Bill Aitchison's col
......Houxty : 2015 bay mare
Owner : W M Aitchison
Aura close up


                                                                      Cape Cross
                                        Native Ruler
                                                                      Love Divine
  2015 bay mare
                                         Izons Croft
                                                                      Sticky Money

The family

'Aura' is a daughter of the Mtoto mare Izons Croft who was placed a couple of times in Point-to-Points. Mtoto is, of course, the sire to the top class NH sire Presenting.
Izons Croft was raced by owner/breeder Bill Aitchison who bred this mare.
Bill also bred Bonny Houxty, her full sister, who is also in training here at Dodlands. In season 2019-20 Bonny Houxty ran to a fair level of form in her three initial runs for the stable over hurdles, reaching the frame each time.

The 2nd dam, Sticky Money has bred 3 winners over jumps, the best of which has been Magic Money a 6-time winner over hurdles and fences, who was also listed placed over fences.
A little further back in the pedigree under the 3rd dam Cover Your Money can be found the Grand National winner Red Marauder and his brother Red Striker who won both a Dipper Chase and a Peter Marsh chase.

A stout pedigree!


About the sire

Native Ruler (bay horse, b 2006) was unraced at 2 but was trained by Henry Cecil to win a Pontefract 10f maiden at 3 years of age. His racing career was restricted by injury but undoubtedly he showed his best form at 5 when finished a very close 2nd to Dandino in the 12f Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket.
He achieved a Timeform rating of 119 at his peak.

He is extremely well bred, being a son of the excellent Cape Cross (sire of Sea The Stars, Golden Horn etc.) out of Love Divine, who was trained by Henry Cecil to win the Oaks in 2000. 
As such, he is a half brother to the high-class St. Leger winner Sixties Icon.

Native Ruler has stood at Batsford Stud since 2012, where his fee has remained at £1,500 for 2020. From very limited opportunities, he has bred a few winners on the Flat and over jumps.

Aura in Yard
Form Summary

Season 2020-21 outlook
'Aura' is a well-made athletic mare who joined the yard mid summer, being sent here by her owner-breeder Bill Aitchison after undergoing some pre-training activity.

The aim would be to give her a debut racecourse outing in a mares-only bumper as soon as we can really. Her full sister, Bonny Houxty, improved markedly for hurdling so we wouldn't want to wait too long before sending this mare jumping too.

Although she hasn't managed to get her nose in front yet, Bill's home-bred Bonny Houxty - a full sister to Aura - ran a trio of fine races (all placed over hurdles) in the February & March 2020 period before lockdown. That form was doubly pleasing for the owner-breeder as he had a 2 year younger full sister at home.

And the family resemblance is remarkable, so we share Bill's enthusiasm and excitement over the potential of this unraced mare.

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