Stainsby Girl
Al Duncan col
Stainsby Girl : 2014 chestnut mare
Owner :  Al Duncan & Helen Simpson
Nell Profile

Pedigree

                                                                      Monsun
                                        Shirocco
                                                                      So Sedulous
  Stainsby Girl
  2014 chestnut mare
                                                                      Double Trigger
                                        Charmaine Wood
                                                                      Forest Pride

The family

Injury incurred while racing restricted Charmaine Wood's jumping career to just the two seasons, but during that time under the care of Alan King, she won a bumper, and two hurdle races. Stainsby Girl is her second foal, the first Jumpsuit (by Tobougg) is in training with Ian Williams and has run a couple of times. There's also Ballyatty, born 2015, a colt by Kayf Tara.
Charmaine Wood's dam Forest Pride has a lengthy list of winning sons and daughters over jumps to her credit. And being by excellent NH broodmare sire Be My Native, she certainly was built for the job.
Forest Pride's winning family contain graded hurdler/chaser Our Ben & hurdler/chaser Scavenger (Grade 3 placed), full siblings to Charmaine Wood in Double Pride & Pairtree, plus racemare Countess Camilla.
And success hasn't stopped on the racecourse for Forest Pride by any means, as several of her daughters have proved to be successful broodmares too. Countess Camilla (dam of 5 winners), Pairtree (3 winners) and Dara's Pride (2 winners) are just a few who have maintained the strong winning tradition in this excellent NH family.

 

About the sire

The German bred Shirocco (bay horse, 2001) was unraced as a 2yr old but, trained by Andreas Schultz at 3, he won the Group 1 German Derby. Transferred to the care of Andre Fabre at 4, he won the 2005 Breeders Cup Turf at Belmont Park. Campaigned for a final season at 5, he won 3 pattern events, including the Jockey Club Stakes & the Coronation Cup.
Retired in 2007 to Darley's Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, Shirocco struck gold with his first crop siring multiple stakes winner Brown Panther. In his last 2 seasons with Darley, Shirocco was promoted as a dual purpose stallion, and in 2014 re-located to stand at Glenview Stud.
Having that increasingly influential NH sire, Monsun, on his top line, Shirocco is now very popular with breeders and regularly covers between 150 - 200 broodmares each year.
Of course, his NH success has been spearheaded by that famous chestnut mare Annie Power (Champion Hurdle winner 2016), while graded hurdles/chase winners such as Minella Rocco (Gold Cup runner up 2017), and Red Sherlock have kept his profile strong.

Stainsby Girl gallop
Form Summary

Season 2020-21 outlook
2019-20 proved to be an excellent first season hurdling for Stainsby Girl. Five runs, never out of the first 3 and after some near misses a deserved victory in a mares novice over 2 miles at Newcastle in March. Twice beaten into 2nd place by Jedd O'Keefe's Miah Grace - we eagerly look forward to another tilt at that mare.......
She is a lovely, athletic filly, with an excellent NH pedigree full to the brim with winners.

We'd like to see Stainsby Girl progress a little more this season. She may well take in another mares' novice in November ground permitting - she's eligible until 1st December -  and then take in handicap hurdles at around 2 miles. A front running sort, so she'll be a target to aim at, we hope she brings more fun on the racecourse for Al & Helen. Does need some cut in the ground though.

Previously....
In early 2014, Al Duncan was at Doncaster NH foals of 2013 NH sale and was taken by a couple of progeny of Tobougg. He thought he had secured one in particular (subsequently named Jumpsuit), a first foal of winning hurdler Charmaine Wood until he was usurped by a bid in overtime.
Each November, the Tattersalls Ireland sales ring at Ratoath, near Fairyhouse, plays host to the largest consignment of National Hunt bloodstock in the world. Held over 6 days, the first 5 of these are dedicated to foals (and a smattering of yearlings) with jumps-bred broodmares offered on the final day.
Whether planned or unplanned, Al found himself at Tattersalls Ire NH sale in November '14 for a couple of the days, one of which saw Clarendon Stud consign the half sister (by Shirocco) to the colt he tried to buy a few months earlier. Al was fairly familiar with the pedigree - and this was before the Shirocco mare Annie Power had won the Champion Hurdle - but the filly caught his eye in looks too and this time he was the successful bidder.
‘Nell’ spent her formative years at nearby Eildon Hill Stables before being moved over to Gary Rutherford in early Spring 2017 to complete her education and undergo a little pre-training. She was very easy to handle and educate and Gary was glowing in his regular updates.
Stainsby Girl then joined the Dodlands Steading yard for a few weeks in June that year before spending the summer with Tomahawk Wood out at Southfield. She then spent the autumn in a field adjacent to the yard prior to coming back into training in December ’17, where once again she impressed our team with her maturity, good nature, and ability in working upsides the older horses in the yard.

She wasn't quite ready to make a debut in the Spring of 2018, but she had a good summer at grass, maturing & strengthening, and delighted connections when winning a bumper on debut at Carlisle in December '18 by 17 lengths. A solid 3rd place at Musselburgh a couple of months later paved the way for a tilt at the Nickel Coin Grade 2 bumper at the April 2019 'National Festival, where she ran creditably enough to finish in mid division.

Season win 2nd 3rd 4th other
2018-19 NH Flat 1 1 1
2019-20 Hurdles 1 1    
2020-21 Hurdles 1   1 1 1
Current Season Form
27 February 21 Newcastle : 2m handicap hurdle (Class 2) OR 122 Soft (good to soft places) 6 ran (C Nichol) - 4th (beaten 7¼l)                     video
Tracked leader, disputed lead after 3rd, soon led, ridden 2 out, headed approaching last and lost second, stayed on one paced run-in
Stainsby Girl has not run a bad race here. We set out to make this a strong gallop but the drying ground in the home straight did not play into our hands, and she was run out of the first 3 after leading 2 out. Still, there'll be rainy days between now and end of season that will suit better.

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28 December 20 Catterick : 1m 7½f handicap hurdle  (Class 3 0-140) OR 123 soft (heavy places) 7 ran (C Nichol) -  3rd (beaten 16l)         video
Close up in leading group, outpaced approaching 2 out, ridden and kept on the one pace towards finish 
This was much better from Stainsby Girl following her last run at Wetherby. She is beginning to look exposed at 2 miles so we may chance another try at further.

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5 December 20 Wetherby : 2m handicap hurdle  (Class 3 0-140) OR 123 soft 6 ran (C Nichol) -   5th (beaten 22l)                            video
Led, pushed along and headed before 3 out, ridden and weakened after 3 out 
No real excuses. Stainsby Girl had come out of her previous race at Hexham in very good order but didn't produce anything like that sort of form here. Just one of those days......hopefully.

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6 November 20 Hexham : 2m mares novice hurdle  (Class 4) OR 120 heavy 9 ran (Brian Hughes) -   1st (won by 1¼l)                        video
Led, jumped well, quickened after 2 out, ridden from last and held on well final 100 yds. 
Excellent start to the season from Stainsby Girl. She was meeting 133-rated and Grade 2 placed Rayna's World at levels (both carried a previous winner's penalty here) and made all to run out a convincing winner. Fine ride by the Champion Jockey....... 
Previous Season Form
14 March 20 Newcastle : 2m mares novices hurdle (Class 4) OR 115 Soft (Heavy places) 6 ran (C Whillans) - 1st (won by 7½l)                     video
Keen, made all, pushed clear 2 out, unchallenged
Slick jumping over the last 3 enabled Stainsby Girl to power clear of her main two rivals. We're delighted to win a novice hurdle with the mare as she had come close twice in recent runs. Hopes were raised beforehand when we realised that Miah Grace was not in the line up......

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28 February 20 Doncaster : 2m ½f mares handicap hurdle  (Class 3 0-130) OR 115 heavy 11 ran (C Whillans (3)) -   2nd (beaten 2l)      video
Led, jumped well, challenged and headed 3 out, ridden appr 2 out and led again, headed by winner after 2 out, switched left and kept on flat 
Another very fine run from Stainsby Girl in defeat. Although meeting Miah Grace on 4lb better terms for a 1¼l defeat at Hexham, that rival beat us again. She still was a little keen but did settle much better both pre-race and during the race. Such a lovely mare to have in the stable. 

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20 January 20 Newcastle : 2m 4½f mares novices Hurdle (Class 4) Heavy 10 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 3rd (beaten 16l)                                      video
Took keen hold, midfield, steady headway and close up 4th, chased leader 4 out, ridden and lost second before 3 out, weakened before last
The winner of this race Clondaw Caitlin was completing a hat-trick and is clearly very useful. Stainsby Girl didn't settle at all on this first try at 2½ miles and that made her task very difficult. Talented mare and we've no option but to drop back in trip next time.

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11 December 19 Hexham : 2m mares novice hurdle  (Class 4) heavy 9 ran (C Whillans (3)) -   2nd (beaten 1¼l)                                               video
Always prominent, effort and went into 2nd after 2 out, slight advantage appr last, not quite fluent and headed, switched left and kept on 
Nearly, very nearly....Stainsby Girl has run a blinder here in very testing conditions. Jumping well throughout apart from a slight blemish at the last (hey, ho...) she's only just failed to beat a rival (Miah Grace) rated OR125 (receiving 6lb). 

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2 November 19 Ayr : 2m mares maiden hurdle (Class 5) soft 13 ran ((C Whillans (3)) - 2nd (beaten 15l)                                                               race video
Keen early, tracked leaders, headway to join leader 4 out, ridden approaching 3 out, not fluent, kept on but no chance with winner
Nice introduction to jumping for Stainsby Girl. She jumped well in the main and was the only horse to maintain a challenge to the easy winner Roses and Millie.  Lack of a recent outing told but she kept on nicely to the line. Quite promising. 

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4 April 19 Aintree : 2m 1f Mares Only NH Flat Race (Grade 2) soft 20 ran (C Whillans) - 12th (beaten 24l)                                             race video
Held up in rear, effort 3f out, some headway but never reached leaders
Stainsby Girl settled reasonably well at the back of the field, but few of those held up were able to take part in the finish. This was a Mares Bumper of the highest quality and no disgrace to finish in mid division. Will be schooled over hurdles and the off to grass for a few months.  

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24 February 19 Carlisle : 2m 1f Mares Only NH Flat Race (Class 5) good 9 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 3rd (beaten 2½l)                              race video
Pulled very hard, tracked leaders, progress 3f out to dispute lead 2f out, soon headed, kept on gamely final furlong
NH Flat races can be run quite slowly and Stainsby Girl was a victim of such, pulling very hard for the first 1½ miles. That she was able to contest the finish is much to her credit but will need to race less keenly in future.  

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16 December 18 Carlisle : 2m 1f Mares Only NH Flat Race (Class 5) soft 4 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 1st (won by 17l)                                        race video
Raced keenly, held up tracking leading pair, went 2nd 6f out going well, led 3f out, soon clear, ran green and pushed out final furlong
Impressive performance by 'Nell' in winning her bumper on debut. We knew she would travel well but weren't too certain before the race if she would stay on up the hill at Carlisle. She did, but will need to settle in the early stages of her races as life will get tough with a penalty.  
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