Stolen Money
Buyers Club col
Stolen Money (IRE) : 2015 bay gelding
Owner : The Buyers Club
Seb Profile

Pedigree

                                                                      Lando
                                        Prince Flori
                                                                      Princess Liberte
  Stolen Money (IRE)
  2015 bay gelding
                                                                      Kotashaan
                                        Dark Daisy
                                                                      Josie's Turn

The family

Dark Daisy ran a couple of times over hurdles without much success, but had previously won an Irish Point, and been placed several times.

'Seb' is the 3rd produce of Dark Daisy, his two year older half brother by Beneficial is Classic Ben. He has won 2 hurdle races and enjoyed an excellent 2018-19 season when winning a valuable Class 2 staying handicap at Sandown in February.
Dark Daisy also has a full brother to 'Seb' born in 2017, a 2019 bay colt by Milan and was covered by Getaway in 2020.

The grand-dam Josie's Turn has bred a couple of winners in the shape of Numbercruncher who is a triple chase winner/multiple Point winner, and Heart's Delight, a winner over fences.
Interestingly, as a broodmare Heart's Delight has a gelding by Prince Flori called Destiny Is All who has shown promising Point form and has been placed in a couple of chases for Lucinda Russell since the start of the 2019-20 season.

About the sire

The German bred Prince Flori (brown horse born 2003) was trained in Germany by Sascha Smrczek and won 7 races in a career spanning 4 seasons from 3 - 6 yrs old. A tall colt in stature, he was a very smart performer who stayed 12 furlongs and acted on soft and good to firm ground.
He won 5 Group races, the best of which was a Group 1 at Baden-Baden as a 3yr old.

Retired to stud in 2011, he moved to England in 2012 for one season before locating to Knockhouse Stud in Ireland where he stands to this day. He has an attraction in his pedigree to breeders in that he is completely free of Northern Dancer, who appears in the majority of broodmare pedigrees these days.

He has had relatively few runners to date but with his first Irish crop being 5yr olds in 2019, he should be adding to his tally of winners, currently headed by  Arlett, a 3 year old winner in Germany in 2015.

Seb gallop
Form Summary

Season 2020-21 outlook
Stolen Money isn't as sharp as some of his stable mates who would be more inclined to show a turn of foot in bumper races. But we'd got him to a reasonable level of maturity in early Spring of 2020 that experience on the racecourse would be of great benefit. His sole run at Newcastle in March was just that, running green and unable to lie up when the pace quickened.

The lengthy Stolen Money, a chasing-type who stands at around 16.2hh, has again enjoyed a good summer and returned to Dodlands in August carrying plenty of condition. Ideal, really.
As his pedigree would suggest, he looks like one who will come into his own when presented with a fence and a trip, so he'll be making his hurdling debut over middle distances as a first step this side of New Year.

Previously....
Stolen Money was a 2018 Sales purchase by CEO Mark 'Mouse' Young on behalf of The Buyers Club syndication.
Such was the success achieved by their initial foray in buying a National Hunt store, that a follow up was inevitable. Yes, Keyboard Gangster was that first purchase and he had just capped a fine 2017-18 season by winning a valuable Class 2 handicap hurdle at Kelso in April.
So, surely there was only one target in the mind of 'Mouse' Young and his The Buyers Club cohorts on the 2018 sales circuit.....
Lot 627 of that year's Tattersalls Ireland NH August Sale was a 3yr old full brother to Keyboard Gangster, who was bought at this corresponding sale in 2014.
But as Rabbie once opined..."The best laid schemes o' mice an' men  gang aft a-gley”.
Everybody has a sales budget and on the day 'Mouse' was unfortunately outbid by those giants of the Irish Point-to-Point field Monbeg, in the shape of the Doyle brothers.
However, there were several horses that had caught the eye later in the sale, and a Prince Flori gelding was one such. This time the bid was successful and  Lot627 was soon on his way across the Irish Sea, courtesy of Gillies Transport, to his new home in the Scottish Borders.

Along with a couple of his new stable companions, 'Seb' made the short journey down the borders road to Gary Rutherford's yard to be broken in.
Truth be told, he wasn't the easiest horse to educate but Gary did a fine job and after a winter break (2018-19) 'Seb' joined the yard for a couple of months in the spring of 2019, where he undertook his first exposure to the morning gallops routine.
He's still very much a man's ride though!

Season win 2nd 3rd 4th other
2019-20 NH Flat         1
2020-21 Hurdles   2   1 1
Current Season Form
22 February 21 Carlisle 3m 1f Handicap Hurdle (Class 5 0-105) OR 99 soft (heavy places) 12 ran (B Campbell (3)) - 2nd (beaten 3½l)   video
Prominent, not always fluent next, ridden to challenge after 3 out, hard driven to lead after 2 out, headed run-in, weakened and just held onto second
First handicap for Stolen Money and another war of attrition at Carlisle, albeit on the tighter inner track. Ran well though and he's improving little by little. Tough and genuine sort. 

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18 January 21 Ayr : 3m ½f Novices Hurdle (Class 4) heavy 5 ran (Blair Campbell (3)) - 4th (beaten 21l)                                                     video
Disputed lead until mistake and headed 3 out, soon outpaced
Stolen Money ran a reasonable race here, confirming once again that he's an out and out stayer. But he gained valuable experience and should now qualify for a handicap mark.

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13 December 20 Carlisle 3m 1f Maiden Hurdle (Class 4) soft 8 ran (Blair Campbell (3)) - 2nd (beaten 9½l)                                                        video
Always prominent, hit 4th, not fluent next, disputed lead 3 out and soon went on, ridden and headed appr last, kept on but no chance with winner
This wasn't a deep race by any means but the winner looks a fair sort. Stolen Money had the run of the race up front, and from 3 out his only serious challenge came from Seven Eye Bridge. This lad stays well, and we can't wait to jump a fence with him in the right grade.

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11 November 20 Ayr 2m 4½f Maiden Hurdle (Class 4) soft 8 ran (Blair Campbell (3)) - pulled up                                                                       video
Not fluent in rear, ridden after 4 out, behind when pulled up after 2 out
Hopefully Stolen Money will benefit from this first outing over hurdles and only second race overall. He'll need to brush up his jumping but that is an area we think he can improve.  A work in progress, for sure.

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Previous Season Form
3 March 20 Newcastle : 2m NH Flat race (Class 5) soft (heavy places) 8 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 7th  (beaten 54l)                                              video
Ran in snatches, in touch with leaders on outer, weakened over 4f out
Stolen Money has very much the profile of a stayer and not really a bumper type. But, he will come on for the experience gained here.

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