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Introducing FlightOfThePhoenix

FlightOfThePhoenix is a beautiful 2-year-old filly by Phoenix Of Spain and out of the race winning and Listed placed mare, Sea Mona.

She was bought for €95,000 by McKeever Bloodstock and Charlie Hills at the Goffs Orby sale in 2023.

Her breeders at the Irish National Stud have loved this filly from day one and, as such, have decided to hold on to one third of her. Mr Hills shares their sentiments and has also asked to keep a share for himself.

This has given Old Gold Racing the opportunity to syndicate one third of her.

FlightOfThePhoenix is a quality filly with a good page. Her dam, Sea Mona, was a winner at 2-years-old herself, placing a further four times including in the Listed Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes. Now a broodmare, she is responsible for California Angel who won twice at 2-years-old including the Group 2 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes and then went on to be placed at Group level at 3-years-old. She has also produced Pandorica, herself a winner at 2-years-old and Into The Groove, who placed on his second start behind a Ballydoyle colt that has since been Group placed.

FlightOfThePhoenix’s stallion, Phoenix Of Spain, was also trained by Charlie Hills, for whom he won a Group 3 at 2-years-old and gained a Classic success at 3-years-old in the Group 1 Irish 2,000 Guineas, achieving an official rating of 120. Over the course of his career he beat top class horses including Too Darn Hot, Magna Grecia and Benbatl. In doing so, he earned £368,804 in prize money over distances from seven furlongs to a mile.

As a sire he has had a great start with his first crop of 2-year-olds, including the likes of Group 2 Vintage Stakes winner Haatem, and has achieved a remarkable 42% winners to runners strike rate.

This filly seems to have all the best attributes of her parents; she has an impressive look to her, a lovely walk and is proving to have a very good mind, whilst also having a bit of a spark about her.

Her trainer, Charlie, has informed us that “she’s nice and sound, and, you know, she’ll hopefully get us to the nice meetings, which is always good and you know, she’ll hopefully be able to have a good few runs this year, and will be something to look forward to over the winter for for next year as well”.

FlightOfThePhoenix has progressed really nicely with her training so far and is now being prepared for her debut this Summer. This run will be all about furthering her education but Charlie is confident she has got what it takes to hit the ground running.

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About The Trainer

Charlie has spent his entire life immersed in racing. He learnt a lot working under his father, Barry, before taking over the licence at Faringdon Place Stables in Lambourn, in August 2011. Charlie saddled a winner with his first runner and he quickly established himself as one of the most promising young trainers in the country. Less than two years after taking the reins from his father, Charlie trained his first Classic winner in the 1,000 Guineas at Curragh. Later that season, he won the Shadwell Fillies Mile at Newmarket and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita with the European Champion two year old filly, Chriselliam. In recent years more top class horses have emerged including two European Champion sprinters in the shape of Muhaarar and Battaash. Battaash was a phenomenal horse for Charlie for many years and continued to represent the yard in the sprinting division from season to season. Charlie is married to Philippa, with whom he has two racing mad sons James and Eddie who like to help out with the horses as much as possible.

Share Breakdown

The Irish National Stud and Charlie Hills are partners in this horse. This means that once 1600 shares have been sold, the syndicate will be full.

Unlike other syndicates, Old Gold Racing does not charge owners VAT. This means that there is no need to reclaim VAT and that a share represents a greater proportion of the racehorse.

At the end of the syndicate term any unspent funds are returned to owners pro-rata. These funds can be withdrawn or used against the cost of renewing or purchasing a share.


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