Spycatcher’s sire Vadamos, a son of Monsun, trained by Andre Fabre, was a wonderful racehorse who won 8 races including the Prix du Moulin (Group 1) and over £600,000 in prize money. Spycatcher was our first Breeze Up purchase for 2020, where he did a phenomenal breeze with his fractions getting progressively faster as he went, and he galloped with great professionalism. He is a powerful colt with exceptional physique. Spycatcher is in training with Karl Burke, a trainer we have thought a lot of for quite some time.

Spycatcher's debut was impressive, after nearly falling coming out of the stalls, he made up tremendous ground to finish fourth in a very strong race. The general opinion was that it was a decent race and that, of the front four who had come well clear, Spycatcher was the only one who hadn't had a previous run.  Spycatcher then put in a fantastic performance in the Acomb (Group 3) at York to finish second, considering all other horses in the race had won, it was quite an achievement. It is easy to forget that this was only Spycatcher's second race, so it is so exciting to think what might be in store for his future. His next run in the Flying Scotsman Stakes at Doncaster was disappointing, however. He was too fresh and ready to get on with his job, jumped out very quickly and did not manage to get cover. He raced far too keenly, throwing his head around and once it got to the closing stages, he had nothing left to give so PJ McDonald was easy on him. Unlike Doncaster, Spycatcher behaved impeccably in the preliminaries and was relaxed throughout next time out at Redcar where he finished 2nd to what could potentially be a very smart horse of Sheikh Isa's.

Spycatcher has started his three year old career in good style, winning a Pontefract maiden as he liked. He then showed just how much he has improved over the winter when finishing third in the Group 3 Pavilion Stakes at Ascot. He then finished 2nd behind Creative Force in the Listed Canarvon Stakes before contesting the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot. He then struggled on his next start and had a break from training, then bouncing right back to form to win a conditions race at Newmarket in really good style! He may head out to Dubai over the winter and Karl will also look to qualify him for the All Weather Championships in the Spring. He very nearly followed up in a conditions race at Lingfield next time, coming with a very strong challenge but just failed to catch the favourite on the line.

Spycatcher put up his best performance to date when coming from last to first in a Listed race at Lingfield, swooping late to win in some style and accounting for some very decent horses such as Rohaan and Good Effort. He will relish the stiff six furlongs of Newcastle for the all weather championships!






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