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 was very unlucky not to win on his return to action at Nottingham, where he was blocked not once but twice before being eased. However he then showed just what a progressive animal he remains when winning the Spring Cup at Newbury in really eye catching style when sweeping into the lead a furlong from home under a very confident ride from Ryan Moore. He so nearly followed up in a £50,000 handicap at Thirsk, just failing to get up. Unfortunately this rapidly improving four year old was struck into during the race and sustained an injury which will keep off the track until later in the season. He is now back in training at Herridge and is bouncing. 

Nugget came back as good as ever to win a very competitive handicap at Haydock, travelling sweetly to the front where he idled before doing enough to win a shade cosily. This was the perfect comeback run in preparation for a tilt at the very valuable Balmoral handicap at Ascot on Champions Day, although he will of course have to carry a penalty!



Siyouni (FR)

Gemstone (IRE)





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