Ballywood is a 16.1hh four-year-old by Ballingarry out of a mare who has bred two other winners in France. Impressive over hurdles in his native country where he won and was placed, Alan King was patient with him last winter after a slight setback. 

Ballywood is in good health and at the Highclere National Hunt parade of jumpers quite caught the eye. Blessings in disguise come in all shapes sizes and last winter’s absence may well determine Alan King to take advantage of our four-year-old’s allowance over fences. As a three-year-old Ballywood finished a close second in his only steeplechase so far, at Fontainebleau, to a Guillaume Macaire ‘hotpot’.

Having shown ability over hurdles, Ballywood will now be trained to jump fences through the remainder of this season. Having seemed to struggle in the heavy ground at Sandown, Ballywood was an impressive winner at Taunton in faster conditions where he jumped well and followed up at Doncaster on Boxing Day where he put up another fine display over fences. He returend to the same track in January in a Grade 2 contest where he finished a very good second to a very progressive Paul Nicholls horse and then won for a third time at Ludlow in March with something in hand. He went to the Ayr festival where he ran with credit but this might have been a race too many at the end of a long season.

Ballywood enjoyed a decent summer break and looked in excellent condition when he returned to Alan's yard.



Ballingarry (IRE)

Miss Hollywood (FR)

Sadler's Wells

Flamenco Wave

True Brave

Senza Problemi

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