The aptly named Nugget is a strong, compact colt.  

His sire Siyouni stood at a covering fee of €100,000 and quite understandably so as he has produced a myriad of top performers and Group race winners.  Nugget’s dam Gemstone was very smart and her successes included a Listed race at The Curragh.  His pedigree also received a significant boost this year with his half-brother UAE Jewel winning his first two races including a Listed race at Newmarket’s Guineas meeting.  

Nugget has an excellent attitude and moves well, pleasing his trainer who is the acknowledged expert of handling this type of animal. He made a highly encouraging debut at Newbury in September, finishing fourth and looking as if he would come on a great deal for the run. Having continued to work well, he improved next time when finishing a fine second over 7f at Kempton.  He had the misfortune of bumping into a strongly touted $1.3 million son of Curlin (Desert Peace) trained by Charlie Appleby on that occasion, but is sure to find much easier opportunities to break his maiden tag and will stay further.  Hopes are high that this is a potentially smart colt in the making.  

Nugget started his three year old season with a bang! Running in handicap company for the first time and off top weight, he was a convincing winner of a very competitive handicap at Doncaster, before running a very creditable second behind the fast improving Godolphin gelding Al Maysan. This represented a step up in trip for Nugget and showed that he can be effective over a mile or a mile and a quarter. He then went to Windsor where he looked a certain winner before being run down in the last fifty yards and having no chance fight back. In his most recent run at Newmarket he managed to go one better than last time out to get back to his winning ways, wining cosily by 3/4 lengths. Nugget is proving to be a very consistent and competetive horse however he has experienced a slight set back and so he will return to the track next season. 



Siyouni (FR)

Gemstone (IRE)





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