- Thistle Ask (IRE)
- Ask (GB) - Thistle Lane (IRE)
- The Steel Bonnets
Thistle Ask is a talented horse with an engine but has been fairly high mettled to train at home and rather free going on course over his hurdles. We hope this season he will have matured a little and the fences should help him as well.
He had four runs over hurdles last season placed most times and finishing up with a very impressive win by 22 lengths at Ayr when we finally had some good going for him on a galloping track which he really relishes. He jumps like a chaser giving his hurdles a lot of daylight and we look forward to him going Novice Handicap Chasing (BHA 114). Has had a wind op.
The Sire Ask was a top-class performer over 1 ½ to 2 miles for Sir Michael Stoute. He recently moved to Willow Wood Stud and continues to be a very successful sire of NH horses including the Grade Two Aintree Bumper winner Lookaway. He has a 52% ratio of winners to runners over fences and 33% winners to runners in NH racing.
The Dam Thistle Lane was placed in Point-to-Points and is sister to 4 mile 1 furlong Banks Chase winner Tres Eile out of unraced half-sister to useful Hurdle/Chase winner Will Phone from the family of Thyestes Chase winner Tarthistle.