Three-year-old gelding (Jumps)
Trainer: Paul Nicholls (Somerset)
Shares available for £57
Shares are available in Gillespie, a strong and good-looking three-year-old gelding. This imposing individual was purchased at the famous Tattersalls Derby Sale in Ireland in June and after being broken in, Gillespie had some educational work on the gallops and some schooling over hurdles. He was turned out at the end of the summer and is due to commence work again shortly. Gillespie is by the top-class Jumps sire, Getaway, whose best progeny include Grade 1 winner, Verdana Blue, and Owners Group's Getaway Trump, who won seven races under Rules and finished second to Champ in the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle at Newbury as a novice hurdler. Gillespie is a full-brother to The Big Breakaway, who has always been highly regarded and has finished runner-up in a Grade 1 novice chase at Kempton and the Welsh Grand National in a successful career to date. His full-sister, Say Goodbye, is a Grade 2-placed and four-time winner over Jumps. Gillespie is also a half-brother to Aintree Grade 3 winner and Cheltenham Festival runner-up, Kildisart.
Gillespie is in training with Paul Nicholls, who has been crowned champion trainer on a remarkable 14 occasions. He has enjoyed great success for Owners Group over the years, most notably with Grade 1 winner and recent Paddy Power Gold Cup winner, Stage Star.
Paul plans to bring Gillespie into work by January and then introduce him to the main string at Ditcheat. Being a 'store' horse, who was only broken in this summer, Paul is more likely to aim for bumper races with him next autumn (2024).
"Gillespie is a lovely big horse with lots of scope. He did everything right, back in the summer, and has enjoyed a good break over the last couple of months, to allow him to grow and develop. Whilst I wouldn't totally rule out a bumper run in the spring, we are more likely to wait until the following autumn." Paul Nicholls
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