This is a proper horse by a very exciting sire in Fame and Glory, who was a top-class middle-distance stayer, winning multiple Group 1 races and finishing second in the Epsom Derby to Sea The Stars. Hijack is a half-brother to Village Vic, a hugely successful jumper trained by Philip Hobbs who had seven career wins including two at Graded level and earning nearly £200,000 in prize money.  Nicky bought Hijack at the Goffs National Hunt sale and he was soon catching the eye on the Seven Barrows gallops. 

Having made tremendous physical progress through the summer of 2019, he made his racecourse debut in a bumper at Fakenham in late October.  He had shown plenty of speed in his work at home, but was very green and really failed to handle the sharp track and did all his best work when staying on strongly in the straight.  

Hopes were high that he would have learnt from that when he made his first appearance over hurdles at Ludlow on 18 December.  He faced a very hot odds-on favourite, yet he exceeded all expectations when running out an impressive 3 ½ length winner in the hands of Jerry McGrath.  He again showed signs of greenness but powered home on the run-in and the result was soon never in any doubt.  Hijack then followed up over the same course and distance in mid-January, once again showing an impressive turn of speed on the run-in.  On his next appearance he found the concession of a double penalty to two useful performers beyond him when unsuited by the track at Market Rasen.  He looks a lovely prospect and can only improve with racing, he was due to run at the Grade 3 EBF Novices' Handicap Hurdle Final at Sandown on Saturday 7 March - race meeting abandoned and moved to Kempton- where he would have received a big turnaround in the weights with the eventual victor McFabulous, winner of his last race at Market Rasen, but unfortunately experienced a minor setback the day before the race and was unable to compete.

Hijack has made a good start to the 2020/2021 season at Fontwell where he finished a close second of seven runners in testing conditions. Nico was very pleased with his performance but he was unable to build on this in a very competitive affair at Cheltenham next time where he found the ground too lively and faded out of contention. He then put up a much better display when finishing third at Doncaster



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