Friday, 28 January 2011

Brocklesby Stakes Stars

Indian Spark - A True Racing Star
For many the emphasis of the William Hill Lincoln meeting will be the mile handicap, while HCE will focus on the Brocklesby Conditions Stakes, which heralds the start of the two-year-old season. To celebrate the forthcoming Flat season, we will highlight a number of talented two-year-olds which have not only won the Brocklesby but gone on to mark themselves as truly talented individuals.

Indian Spark

Indian Ridge (7.8f) — Annes Gift (Ballymoss )

Half-brother to winners including 6f-1m2f scorer Express Gift, also a useful hurdler; dam of little account.

Trainer: Bill Turner (2yo)

Owner: Frank Brady

On the 21st March 1996, Indian Spark, a chestnut colt, ran out an easy 4 length winner of the Brocklesby, trained by Bill Turner, and ridden by Tim Sprake. This son of Indian Ridge had one more race at two, finishing 2nd, losing by a neck, in a Conditions Stakes race at York.

He returned in May, still handled by Turner, to contend a further 9 races at three, winning once more and placed on two starts at handicap level. On the 16th October 1997 Jim Goldie took charge of Frank Brady's colt, where he remained for the entirety of his distinguished career.

Indian Spark progressed well with age, achieving notable sprint success at six years of age, illustrating a hardy attitude and love of racing. His first major win came over 5f at Chester, taking a Listed race and winning prize money of over 20,000. As a seven-year-old he ran probably the best race of his career when losing by a head to a comfortable-winning Ishiguru in the Miller Flying Five (Group 3) at Leopardstown, Ireland.

In an amazing career, this sturdy chestnut continued to race at the ripe old age of ten, still enjoying racing in his senior years although - unsurprisingly - not as fleet footed. In true, determined style Indian Spark won  at Ayr over 6f as a twelve-year-old, readily, by 4 lengths. This was to be his final success.

On the 26th October 2007 he retired to a rapturous applause from an appreciating Ayr crowd.

In a truly astounding career, Indian Spark ran 143 times, winning 14 races, and was placed on a further 17 occasions. He achieved total prize money earnings of just under 200,000.

At his peak, he had an official rating of 111.