The Club secured a third exciting member for the team this season as we aim to build on the successes of Bon Chic and Template. Joining Churchtown Champ and Innocent Girl is the unraced Battle Of Ideas three-year-old gelding by Fracas out of the mare Haven’t A Notion who will join our newest trainer Colin Tizzard. He was picked out by Colin and his son Joe at the Tattersalls Ireland Derby sale in July with his athleticism and size leaping out at the pair every time they saw him.
Joe says: “We bought him at the Derby sale in Ireland after he caught our eye in the pre-parade ring before he went into the auction ring. He’s a big, chasing-type of horse and is a really good-looking horse.
“We looked him up after that and saw he was related to Bears Rails, who is a horse we have and one we really like, so we had him out and trotted up and he moved really nicely. He was a good price in the ring so we had to have him, simple as that.”
So with hundreds of horses passing in front of their eyes at the sales at Fairyhouse what marked this one out as a horse who they wanted to join their high-class team? “He looks like an athlete,” Joe says with emphasis. “He’s a big three-year-old and ticks all of the boxes for what we want in a horse like that. We look for horses that will be running in novices chases in three years and he looks just that type. He has plenty of scope for that.”
Those with an interest in the breeding side of racing may not know a great deal about Fracas. Unlike the likes of King’s Theatre (sire of Cue Card etc) and Presenting (sire of Denman etc), Fracas is a new kid on the block and has been represented by very few jumps or Flat runners. However, when it comes to dealing with young sires there is an element of risk involved as you try and discover who is going to be the next big thing before they establish themselves.
Joe says: “It’s the first time we’ve dealt with him but we like this horse. Fracas’ a young sire and we asked a few people about him before the sale and were told good things. He’s an unknown basically but when you’re buying untried three-year-olds you have to try and find the sire that’s going to be at the top of his name in three years’ time instead of now really.”
Having been with the Tizzards since July, the Fracas gelding has had plenty of time to adapt to life as a racehorse and has steadily been building up on the gallops as the jumps season reaches its core period.
Joe says: “He came back from Ireland within two days of us buying him and he was broken in straight away. We keep all the babies together and they then hack away and canter in the school before moving up on to the gallops and it gradually increases like that.
“Their work is stepping up now and he is doing faster work, learning and getting better all the time. He’s a lovely moving horse. Everything we’ve asked him to do he’s done really nicely and everyone that has sat on him has liked him. He’s one of our exciting youngsters.”
So far, so good then for the Fracas gelding which means thoughts can already turn to when we might be seeing him do his thing on the course.